NBC reassured fans that the network’s popular drama “Shades of Blue” will return for another season. The network confirmed that the series, which stars Jennifer Lopez and Ray Liotta, will return for a third-season. The announcement was made by Jennifer Salke, President, NBC Entertainment.
“We’re so hugely appreciative of everything Jennifer and Ray do, and know it is due to their dedication, as well as the hard work of our incredible cast and producers, that ‘Shades of Blue’ has so clearly and compellingly earned a third-season renewal,” Salke said. “This show continues to mine powerful stories that always leave us hungry for more.”
The show is currently in its second-season, and “Shades of Blue” has been the drama to beat on Sundays at 10pm. When compared to ABC, CBS and NBC dramas, the show is holding a +50% margin of victory in the timeslot with adults between 18-49. In total viewers, “Shades of Blue” is also the number-one show, averaging 5.0 million viewers in “live plus same day” ratings from Nielsen Media Research. NBC also stated that “Shades of Blue” currently leads the timeslot’s broadcast competition in all other key measures including adults, men and women 18-34; men and women 18-49; and men and women 25-54.
The show follows Harlee Santos (Jennifer Lopez), a charismatic single mother and resourceful detective at the heart of a tight-knit crew of Brooklyn detectives. This group is led by Lt. Matt Wozniak (Ray Liotta) who often leads the team to step outside the limitations of the law in order to effectively protect their precinct and their fellow cops.
Season 2 has added quite a few dramatic twists to the story. Harlee navigates her fractured relationship with Wozniak as she struggles to conceal her deepest secret: She killed her daughter’s father. Following his discovery that Harlee collaborated with the FBI, Wozniak is confronted with a gut-wrenching dilemma of his own. The crew is under tight scrutiny from Stahl (Warren Kole) and the FBI, as well as from Internal Affairs, in the form of a gregarious detective, Verco (guest star Dov Davidoff), who investigates the disappearance of one of their own. Meanwhile, a former member of their crew, Julia Ayres (guest star Anna Gunn) runs for mayor and her complex relationship with Harlee and Wozniak comes to a head. Neither Harlee nor Wozniak anticipates that Ayres’ corrupt connections will trap them in a dangerous war with the Mafia.
Also featured in the cast are Drea de Matteo, Dayo Okeniyi, Vincent Laresca, Hampton Fluker, Sarah Jeffery and Gino Anthony Pesi. Showrunner Jack Orman and Jennifer Lopez serve as executive producers along with Elaine Goldsmith-Thomas, Benny Medina, Ryan Seacrest and Nina Wass. “Shades of Blue” is a production of Universal Television, Nuyorican Productions, EGTV, Ryan Seacrest Productions and Jack Orman Productions.