Jennifer Lopez comes to television in an edgy and gritty new series this January. Get Ready to see JLO in her new phase as a sexy, dirty cop in Shades of Blue.

Rather than launching with an expanded two-hour premiere (9-11 p.m.) on Jan. 14 as originally planned, “Shades of Blue” will now bow in its regularly scheduled 10 p.m. timeslot one week earlier. It will follow original episodes of current Thursday 8-10 p.m. dramas “Heroes Reborn” and “The Blacklist,” with the latter back two weeks earlier weeks than expected.

There was no official reason given by NBC for the earlier premiere date, but it’s likely related to the competition. ABC was expected to keep its Shonda Rhimes dramas off the air for most of the Thursdays in January, so starting Jan. 7 instead of Jan. 14 would give “Shades of Blue” one extra week without having to face “How to Get Away With Murder.” Also, Fox hasn’t announced its premiere date or schedule plans for “American Idol,” but NBC may hot have wanted the first hour of the Lopez drama going up against Lopez herself as she returns as a judge for the music competition’s final season.

The Jan. 14 premiere would have allowed NBC to promote “Shades of Blue” during its coverage of the NFL playoffs on Jan. 9 and Golden Globe Awards on Jan. 10. But the earlier Jan. 7 date may allow it to take better advantage of promotion during the network’s dramas, as it’s believed the first three-show crossover storyline involving the “Chicago” triology of “Chicago Fire,” “Chicago PD” and “Chicago Med” will take place in the days leading up to the “Blue” premiere.

Series premieres on NBC with a 2-Hr episode in January 7

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About Shades of Blue

For sexy, street-smart Detective Harlee Santos (Jennifer Lopez), being a cop can be a dirty job, one that requires making tough, split-second moral decision to solve crimes and keep the community safe. Now caught by the consequences of her own corruption, she must make a choice that will define her fate: protecting the daughter she lives for or loyalty to her family in blue.

Lt. Wozniak’s (Ray Liotta) crew is tasked to protect and serve by any means necessary and taking unorthodox measures to do so. In this line of work things are never truly black or white, but Harlee never anticipated anything like this.

Sobre Shades of Blue

Para la sexy, inteligente detective Harlee Santos (Jennifer Lopez), ser una policía puede ser un trabajo sucio, uno que requiere tomar decisiones morales difíciles en segundos para resolver crímenes y mantener a la comunidad segura. Ahora, atrapada entre las consecuencias de sus propia corrupción, ella debe tomar una decisión que va a definir su destino: proteger a su hija por la que vive o su lealtad hacia su familia en uniforme.

El equipo del teniente Wozniak (Ray Liotta) tiene la responsabilidad de proteger y servir por cualquier medio necesario, tomando medidas poco ortodoxas para lograrlo. En esta línea de trabajo, las cosas nunca son completamente blanco o negro, pero Harlee jamás anticipó algo así. 

Cast: Jennifer Lopez, Ray Liotta, Drea de Matteo, Warren Kole. Dayo Okeniyi, Hampton Fluker, Vincent Laresca, Sarah Jeffery



Studio: Universal Television, Nuyorican Productions, Ryan Seacrest Productions

Executive Producer/Writer: Adi Hasak (“3 Days to Kill,” “From Paris with Love”), Jack Orman (“Pan Am,” “ER”)

Executive Producers: Jack Orman (“Pan Am,” “ER”), Elaine Goldsmith-Thomas (“The Boy Next Door,” “Extant”), Jennifer Lopez (“The Boy Next Door,” “American Idol”), Ryan Seacrest (“Keeping Up with the Kardashians,” “American Idol”), Benny Medina (“The Boy Next Door,” “Maid in Manhattan”)

Executive Producer/Director: Barry Levinson (“The Humbling,” “Wag the Dog,” “Homicide: Life on the Street”

Series premieres on NBC with a 2-Hr episode in January 7