Shades of Blue, NBC’s gritty drama starring Jennifer Lopez and Ray Liotta about corruption in the NYPD and the ramifications that ensue, has been renewed 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.”
Thus far in its second season, Shades of Blue is dominating the Sunday 10/9c hour among the ABC, CBS and NBC dramas, generating a +50% margin of victory in the of victory in the timeslot in adult 18-49 rating.
“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,” NBC Entertainment head Jennifer Salke said. “This show continues to mine powerful stories that always leave us hungry for more.”
The series follows Harlee Santos (Lopez), a single mother and detective at the heart of a tight-knit crew of Brooklyn detectives, led by enigmatic Lt. Matt Wozniak (Liotta) who often leads the team to step outside the limitations of the law in order to effectively protect their precinct and their own.
The cast includes Drea de Matteo, Dayo Okeniyi, Vincent Laresca, Hampton Fluker, Sarah Jeffery
What were your first TV roles like?
I got my first network gig on “CSI: Miami.” It was a couple of one-liners, but it was terrifying because it was in front of over 100 extras.
But now you seem so confident alongside stars like Jennifer Lopez and Ray Liotta.
I was confident on “Shades of Blue” because a lot has happened to me in my life since then. Any concern I had wasn’t about being opposite Ray and Jennifer, it was about am I going to be able to give them what
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Pesi plays James Nava, the Ada who’s romantically involved with Jennifer Lopez’s character. He appeared in eight episodes of the NBC crime drama’s first season, which aired its season finale on March 31.
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His previous TV credits include Dallas, Hawaii Five-0, Grimm and The Vampire Diaries.
Shades of Blue begins production on Season 2, which will return at midseason,
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CBS | Person of Interest
Set in New York City, Shades of Blue this crime drama revolves around a work "family" of Brooklyn detectives. Following their leader, this team crosses the line to protect their precinct and each other. The cast includes Jennifer Lopez, Ray Liotta, Warren Kole, Drea de Matteo, Dayo Okeniyi, Vincent Laresca, Hampton Fluker, Sarah Jeffery, Santino Fontana, Antonio Jaramillo, Gino Anthony Pesi, and Michael Esper.
Episodes: Ongoing (hour)
TV show dates: January 7, 2016 — present
Series status: Has not been cancelled
Performers include: Jennifer Lopez, Ray Liotta, Warren Kole, Drea de Matteo, Dayo Okeniyi, Vincent Laresca, Hampton Fluker, Sarah Jeffery, Santino Fontana, Antonio Jaramillo, Gino Anthony Pesi, and Michael Esper.
TV show description:
This FBI and police procedural crime drama is set in New York City. It features a work "family" of Brooklyn detectives.
Following their leader, Lt. Matt Wozniak (Ray Liotta), this team crosses the line, to protect their precinct and each other. Can these cops keep their streets safe, without arousing the Feds' suspicions?Read More…
The show stars Lopez as Harlee Santos, an FBI agent who’s been assigned to an anti-corruption task force. The footage shows Lopez being questioned as to whether she’s an FBI informant or not and further complications as she tries to do her job and be a single mother to her daughter. Ray Liotta co-stars.
“A Rat!,” Liotta yells at one point. “An FBI informant on my team!”
Drea de Matteo, Vincent Laresca and Gino Anthony Pesi also star. The 13-episode series, created by Adi Hasak, from Universal Television was given a straight-to-series order last year.
Lopez, Barry Levinson, Jack Orman, Adi Hasak, Ryan Seacrest, Nina Wass, Elaine Goldsmith-Thomas and Benny Medina exec produce.
Pesi will portray Assistant District Attorney James Nava. The series also stars Ray Liotta, Drea de Matteo and Vincent Laresca.
The 13-episode series from Universal Television — which was given a straight-to-series order — follows police officers who are effective at keeping the streets safe, but also corrupt when it comes to lining their pockets and protecting their own.
He is repped by Larry Corsa at the Corsa Agency and Christopher Nathaniel from Industry Entertainment.
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Vision Vehicle is headed by actor Malcolm Goodwin (“Breakout Kings”), Broadway actor Victor Hawks and producer Angie Canuel of Awaken Entertainment. Longtime Digiplex topper Bud Mayo told Variety that access to the Carmike chain — the nation’s fourth largest with 2,600 screens — will give alternative content a much bigger footprint.
“We are delighted to forge this new distribution agreement with Malcolm, Victor, and Angie of Vision Vehicle Productions,” Mayo said. “We expect ‘Pass the Light’ and ‘Construction’ to play very well across Carmike’s large and growing national footprint.
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