ByCollins Vincent, writer at
A cynic who's eaten one too many Redvines
Collins Vincent

NBC has been changing and rearranging their slot of tv shows, and you never know which shows will get lost in the shuffle. Now, the network is set to premiere a new cop-drama that could find success and a loyal army of viewers if the show lives up to expectations. Shades of Blue will officially become part of the network's lineup when it premieres in January of 2016.

Here is the series synopsis:

Jennifer Lopez stars as New York detective Harlee Santos, a single mother who runs with a group of dirty cops, taking her cut of the bribes and protection money to give her bright and promising daughter the best life possible and a leg up for a better future. However, all good things must come to an end and she is caught by the FBI, which forces her to turn informant on her cop family. Harlee struggles to walk a line between loyalty, honor and betrayal, all the while working to keep everything together for her daughter.

The premise for the series seems a bit basic, but mildly interesting. The idea of corruption in law enforcement or among other public servants has been on the public's mind for a while now. Given the recent events involving multiple deadly encounters between police and suspects, this series could gather an audience based on its subject matter and strike a cord with viewers if it is executed effectively. Cop-dramas may be piling up on television, but people still tune in to watch them on a consistent basis so it's unlikely that the show will lack weekly viewers in order to reach the studio's ratings expectation. Jennifer Lopez, who hasn't been featured in a scripted series for sometime, is leading the charge since she helped fund and produce the show. Her involvement already guarantees that people will tune in for the pilot episode, and that's a big deal.

Shades of Blue doesn't even seem like a big risk for NBC since their usual line-up of programs fall within the crime/police procedural category. The trailer for the show was already released online and only helped fuel the excitement and curiosity surrounding the eventual premiere. The casting is great since among the names attached are Ray Liotta, who has his own personal fanbase that turn out to watch his movies and tv shows. Ultimately, the show's overall success will depend on the chemistry between Lopez and Liotta who won't be on the best of terms given the hostility Liotta's character displays when interacting with her character in the trailer. Also, how well the show balances the drama and police work during each episode. Based on the set-up, the show could go in a number of directions by the time season 1 concludes, but you have to tune in if you want to see or know more.


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