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The new NBC drama, Shades of Blue, starring Jennifer Lopez has been renewed for a second season. Shades of Blue is only five episodes into its first season, but already the show’s ratings have encouraged the network to make a commitment to a second season.
ABC normally dominates Thursday night television in rating and viewership because of its “TGIT” trio of Grey’s Anatomy, Scandal, and How To Get Away With Murder. NBC’s Shades of Blue boasts a domination in the current Thursday 10:00 p.m. time slot, but that may change once How To Get Away With Murder returns from hiatus.
NBC made the big announcement on Friday in a press release which contained a statement from NBC’s entertainment president, Jennifer Salke, TV Guide reports. In the statement, Salke said, “We want to thank Jennifer, who is the hardest-working woman we know, for her incredible efforts as both the star and producer of this show, as well as well as our other amazing producers and cast for all their tireless work in creating one of the most compelling dramas on television today. We’re so excited to find out where this story will lead and have them raise the stakes even higher in what we know will be a fantastic second season.”
In Shades of Blue, Lopez plays Harlee Santos, a single mother and member of a tight-knit group of detectives in Brooklyn who are tempted into actions outside the law by their leader, Lt. Matt Wozniak (Ray Liotta). After the FBI catches wind of Wozniak’s crew, they use Santos as an informant, putting her, her family, and her fellow detectives at risk. Drea de Matteo, Warren Kole, Dayo Okeniyi, Vincent Laresca, Hampton Fluker, and Sarah Jeffery also co-star in the series.
Somehow Lopez manages to balance being a judge on Amierican Idol and acting in and executive producing Shades of Blue. Other executive producers for the NBC cop drama include Ryan Seacrest, Elaine Goldsmith-Thomas, Nina Wass, Lopez’s longtime manager Benny Medina, showrunner Jack Orman, and the show’s creator, Adi Hasak
In the announcement, NBC did not disclose how many episodes will be in the second season.
Shades of Blue joins Blindspot and Chicago Med in NBC’s lineup of renewed freshman dramas. Other shows renewed for next season include The Blacklist, Law & Order: SVU, Chicago Fire. and Chicago P.D.