Everything You Need to Know About Jennifer Lopez’s First TV Role in 20 Years, Shades of Blue
Insert puns about Jenny returning to the block here: Jennifer Lopez’s career is about to come full circle as she embarks on her first starring television role this January. The show, NBC’s new drama Shades of Blue, will not only bring Lopez back to scripted television—but also back to her home turf of New York City. Cue up On the 6 and get ready to watch J.Lo break out Enough-level toughness come January 2016; until then, here’s everything we know about her new gig.
It’s J.Lo’s first return to scripted television in more than 20 years. We all know Lopez got her big break as a Fly Girl on In Living Color in the early ’90s, but after roles on Second Chances, South Central, and Hotel Malibu, she made the move over to movies and then music. Besides her stint judging American Idol, Shades of Blue brings Lopez back to the scripted small screen for the first time since 1994—and marks the first time we’ll see her in a leading TV role.
It’s a cop drama—with a twist. Don’t start picturing Lopez as Olivia Benson 2.0. She’s playing Harlee Santos, an NYPD detective who (along with her co-workers) doesn’t mind dabbling on the wrong side of the law—whether it’s staging a crime scene or accepting a bribe. But when she gets tangled up with the FBI’s anti-corruption unit, Santos is forced to work against her cop family to protect herself and her young daughter.
It’s a mini American Idol reunion. Lopez is executive producing the drama alongside Idol host Ryan Seacrest. Shades of Blue marks Seacrest’s first attempt at a scripted drama (Kardashians not included—hehe).
And the first look has us looking forward to January. J. Lo shared the trailer on her Facebook page last night. Watch below and prepare to get major Jennifer Lopez-Out of Sight vibes:
Shades of Blue premieres January 7 on NBC.