EXCLUSIVE: NBC has set Oscar winner Barry Levinson to direct Jennifer Lopez in Shades Of Blue, the pilot written by Adi Hasak, who scripted From Paris With Love. Levinson will be hands-on and participate in the development process. Lopez is starring and exec producing with Ryan Seacrest through her Nuyorican Productions and his Ryan Seacrest Productions. ER veteran Jack Orman is expected to serve as executive producer/showrunner. The show, which got a 13-episode straight-to-series order, centers on Harlee McCord (Lopez), a single mother and detective who is recruited to work undercover for the FBI’s anti-corruption task force. Production is slated to begin shooting next summer in New York.
“It’s an exciting project to be working on with Jennifer,” said Levinson, whose latest film, the Al Pacino starrer The Humbling, was bought by Millennium Entertainment after playing to rousing reaction at Venice and Toronto. “Adi has written a police drama that gets into the fascinating dirt behind law enforcement with a female character we haven’t really seen before.”
Aside from Lopez and Seacrest, Elaine Goldsmith-Thomas and Benny Medina are executive producing for Universal Television along with Nina Wass and EGTV.