NBC has given a 13-episode straight-to-series order to “Shades of Blue,” an FBI drama set to star Jennifer Lopez and be produced by the “American Idol” judge and host, Ryan Seacrest. The project is described to be a series that centers around Harlee McCord (Lopez) who is a single mom and detective recruited to work for the FBI’s anti-corruption task force.
Harlee is forced to choose between working against her cop colleagues – who have all pitched in to help raise her daughter – and moving forward with this transition.
NBC Entertainment President, Jennifer Salke, shared her excitement in this project.
“Whether its producing, acting, singing or any of her other many entrepreneurial activities, Jennifer is an extraordinary talent and life force, and we’re delighted to be in business with her and Adi Hasak on this sophisticated show. We’re especially excited that Jennifer is returning to her acting roots from such great movies as Out of Sight, and we know that she will create this complicated character in a vivid way that will breathe new life into the cop show genre. Ryan Seacrest is part of the NBCU family and doing his first scripted drama series with us makes perfect sense.”
Deadline reports that the show was initially pitched to ABC who passed. “The script is so powerful and ambitious, we can’t wait to see Jennifer take on this remarkable role,” Seacrest stated.
The show is slated for production in 2015, likely to premiere Fall 2015.