Ray Liotta, Drea de Matteo, Vincent Laresca and Warren Kole are set to co-star opposite Jennifer Lopez in NBC’s straght-to-series drama Shades Of Blue, directed by Barry Levinson and executive produced by Ryan Seacrest.
Written by Adi Hasak, Shades Of Blue follows a tight-knit crew of police officers who are effective at keeping the streets safe but also corrupt when it comes to lining their pockets and protecting their own. When one of the officers (Lopez) is forced to become a federal informant, she must decide between her own family’s welfare and that of her police family.
Liotta plays Lieutenant Bill Wozniak, the enigmatic and resourceful patriarch of the tight knit unit of corrupt cops, who steps outside the limitations of the law to protect his precinct. His all-consuming hunt for the informant drives him to dire extremes. The Sopranos alumna de Matteo plays Shirley Nazario, a tough, outspoken female cop who holds her own with the men in her crew, and yet her brashness covers her insecurities. Laresca plays Tony Espada, alternately the bulldog and the moral compass for his team. Kole plays Robert Staal, a relentlessly ambitious up-and-coming FBI agent desperate to make a name for himself. His growing obsession with his asset jeopardizes his ability to make his case against a group of corrupt cops.
Executive Producing the series are Hasak, Lopez, Jack Orman, who serves as showrunner, Levinson, Seacrest, Nina Wass, Elaine Goldsmith-Thomas and Benny Medina. Universal TV is the studio, producing with Nuyorican Prods., Ryan Seacrest Productions, Medina & Co. and EGTV.