Besides being a judge on American Idol, appearing on awards shows and the odd cameo, it has been ages since Jennifer Lopez was an on-screen primetime drama regular. That changes tomorrow night with the debut of Shades Of Blue on NBC. To be honest though, as my video review above says, what you get is really pretty standard shades of TV grey in this corrupt cop series.
Unabashedly a vehicle for Brand J. Lo, the 13-episode Shades, created by Adi Hasak, is blinded in many ways by the spotlight of Lopez’s star power. As Harlee Santos, an on-the-take and hard-up single mom NYPD detective snagged by the FBI to inform on her unscrupulous colleagues and crew, Lopez is pure marquee in almost every beautiful shot of the series – which leaves the story rather empty as opposed to bad. Even with fellow executive producer Barry Levinson directing the first couple of episodes and the again under-valued Ray Liotta as Santos’ increasingly suspicious boss Lt. Matt Wozniak, Shades never steps out of the shadows. Add to that, The Sopranos alum Drea de Matteo has little to do in the show and, as the FBI’s noose around the crooked Brooklyn cops tightens, the plot doesn’t have far to go either.
Look, between her Idol gig (the competition begins its 15th and final season tonight on Fox), her EP duties on The Fosters, her singing and movie careers and more, Lopez is once of the hardest-working people in showbiz. An attention getter by her presence alone, Shade Of Blue, as my video review above says, is sadly nothing great and far beneath her talents.
So take a look at my review and tell us what you think. Will you be tuning in Thursday night?