Sky Living snaps up J-Lo’s Shades of Blue
James R | On 17, Mar 2016
Police thriller Shades of Blue will premiere in the UK on Sky Living this year.
The cop thriller, which stars Jennifer Lopez, was snapped up by Sky this week in a deal with NBCUniversal International Distribution. Lopez plays Harlee Santos, a single mother and resourceful detective at the heart of a close-knit crew of Brooklyn detectives, led by the enigmatic Lieutenant Matt Wozniak, played by Ray Liotta, who isn’t afraid to lead his team outside of the law, damn it, if it gets results.
As a big job looms on the horizon, the FBI catches Harlee in the act and pits her against her own unit. As a newly turned informant, she struggles to safeguard her on-the-job family and avoid arrest in order to stay with her daughter. Harlee must also contend with her FBI handler, Special Agent Stahl (Warren Kole), who develops an “unhealthy obsession” with her. Meanwhile, Wozniak, acting as the unit’s patriarch, begins an all-consuming hunt for the informant.
Lopez and Liotta are joined by an ensemble cast that includes Drea de Matteo (The Sopranos), Dayo Okeniyi (Terminator: Genisys), Hampton Fluker (Aquarius), Vincent Laresca (The Aviator) and Sarah Jeffery (Wayward Pines). Santino Fontana (Frozen) is a recurring guest star.
The acquisition of Shades of Blue follows a string of deals by Sky Living for US TV dramas, with Shonda Rhimes, The Catch and Nashville’s fourth season soon to join a line-up that includes Scandal, Elementary, The Blacklist, Grey’s Anatomy, Criminal Minds and Blindspot.
Adam MacDonald, Director of Sky 1 and Sky Living, comments: “After a successful debut in the US earlier this year, I am very excited to have this fast-paced thriller coming to Sky Living. This New York detective drama is a perfect fit for the channel and I can’t wait for customers to see the brilliant pairing of Jennifer Lopez and Ray Liotta in action.”
Jack Orman, creator/writer Adi Hasak, Barry Levinson (Pilot), Jennifer Lopez, Elaine Goldsmith-Thomas, Benny Medina, Ryan Seacrest and Nina Wass serve as executive producers, with Barry Levinson directing the first two episodes.
The show will be available to watch for non-Sky customers through NOW, a VOD service that offers streaming access to both live channels and on-demand content for £6.99 a month. NOW’s Entertainment Membership includes Sky Living, as well as channels such as Fox (The Walking Dead), Sky Atlantic (Game of Thrones and The Affair) and Sky 1 (Arrow, The Flash and Supergirl). For more information, click here.