Jennifer Lopez’s ‘Shades of Blue’ to Replace ‘The Player’ on NBC

Cop drama co-starring Ray Liotta will drop in January 2016

Jennifer Lopez‘s cop drama “Shades of Blue” will premiere Thursday, Jan. 14 at 9 p.m. on NBC, the broadcast network announced Wednesday.

The two-hour premiere was directed by Barry Levinson and co-stars Ray Liotta. The show will move to its regular 10 p.m. timeslot the following Thursday, Jan. 21.

This will put “Shades of Blue” into the timeslot currently held by the Wesley Snipes thriller “The Player,” which had its episode order cut from 13 to nine.

“We’re so excited to have locked in a premiere date and can’t wait to show audiences what Jennifer and the rest of this incredible cast delivers in this compelling new drama series,” NBC Entertainment President Jennifer Salke said in a statement. “Jennifer’s role as Det. Santos is a tour de force. She carries herself with incredible grit and toughness, yet at the same time heartbreaking vulnerability. We are thrilled that NBC is the network to bring this iconic actress and star to series television.”

“Shades of Blue” follows Harlee Santos (Lopez),  a charismatic single mother and resourceful detective at the heart of a tight-knit crew of Brooklyn detectives, led by Lt. Matt Wozniak (Liotta), who often pushes the team to step outside the limitations of the law in order to effectively protect their precinct and their own.

As a big illegal job looms on the horizon, the FBI catches Harlee in the act and pits her against her own unit. As a newly turned informant, Harlee struggles to safeguard her on-the-job family and avoid arrest in order to stay with her daughter.

The series will be written by Adi Hasak (“3 Days to Kill,” “From Paris with Love”), who executive produces with Ryan Seacrest, Nina Wass, Elaine Goldsmith-Thomas and Benny Medina.

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