1. Shades of Blue is an American police drama television series created by Adi Hasak.
2. It is set in New York City and stars Jennifer Lopez as the main character Harlee Santos, a single-mother NYPD Detective, who is forced to work in the FBI’s anti-corruption task force, while dealing with her own financial and family problems.
3. NBC gave a 13-episode straight-to-series order in February 2014.
4. The series premiered on January 7, 2016.
5. On February 5, 2016, NBC renewed Shades of Blue for a second season.
6. The plot: Harlee Santos (Jennifer Lopez) is an NYPD detective and single mother struggling with financial problems. When she is caught up in an FBI anti-corruption probe, she must choose between doing the right thing for her daughter or covering up for her corrupt police co-workers.
7. Lopez was given the main role in 2014.[
8. On February 26, 2015, Liotta, de Matteo, Vincent Laresca and Warren Kole were cast as Lt. Matt Wozniak, Det. Shirley Nazario, Det. Tony Espada and Agent Robert Staal, respectively.
9. On March 30, Hampton Fluker was cast in a recurring role as Det. Patrick Tufo.
10. On April 8, Sarah Jeffery was cast as Santos’ daughter, Christine.
11. On April 13, Gino Anthony Pesi was cast in a recurring role as Assistant District Attorney James Nava.
12. Filming for the first season began on June 4, 2015, in New York City.
13. The show has received mixed or average reviews. On Metacritic, Shades of Blue has a Metascore of 58/100, based on 28 critics.
14. On Rotten Tomatoes, the show is rated 54% based on 35 reviews, with an average rating of 5.6/10. The site’s consensus reads “Solid performances by Jennifer Lopez and Ray Liotta fail to lift Shades of Blue above the ranks of the pedestrian network procedural”.
15. Jennifer Lopez was originally producing this series without having an on-screen role, but NBC asked her to star when she brought Shades of Blue to them.
16. This series is based on a novel by Michael Rudolph called Shades of Blue: 30 Years of (Un)ethical Policing.
17. Production on Shades of Blue ran from June 2015 to November 2015.
18. Most of the characters forenames and surnames were changed from the first drafts of the scripts to the final ones. Harlee and Christine Santos’ last name was previously McCord, Matt Wozniak was Bill Wozniak, Tess Nazario was Shirley Nazario, Robert Stahl was Robert Staal, Carlos Espada was Tony Espada and Marcus Tufo was Patrick Tufo.
19. Jennifer Lopez has previously played a police officer in two movies (Money Train, Angel Eyes) and a U.S. Marshal in another (Out of Sight).
20. A teaser trailer was made available on June 3, 2015, containing statements by Lopez, Ray Liotta, and Drea de Matteo.