JLo's NBC Cop Drama Shades of Blue Adds Ray Liotta, Drea de Matteo

Shades of Blue Cast

Some big names will be walking the beat with Jennifer Lopez next fall on NBC.

Ray Liotta and Drea de Matteo have joined the cast of Shades of Blue, the Peacock’s JLo-fronted cop drama slated to bow next fall.

Additionally, Warren Kole (Common Law, The Following) and Vincent Laresca (Weeds, Graceland) have been added to the ensemble.

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’ Harlee McCord) is forced to become a federal informant, she must decide between her own family’s welfare and that of her police family.

In his first series-regular role since CBS’ short-lived 2006 thief drama Smith, Liotta will play Lieutenant Bill Wozniak, the enigmatic and resourceful patriarch of a 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.

Matteo, coming off of FX’s Sons of Anarchy, will portray Shirley, a tough, outspoken female cop who holds her own with the men in her crew, and yet her brashness covers her insecurities.

Kole portrays 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.

Lastly, Laresca co-stars as Tony Espada, alternately the bulldog and the moral compass for his team.

Blue, which received a 13-episode straight-to-series order from NBC last year, will be written by Adi Hasak (3 Days to Kill, From Paris with Love), who will serve as an EP alongside Lopez’ American Idol colleague with Ryan Seacrest.

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30 Comments
  1. cchiaro says:

    Yes! Loved Warren Cole in Common Law and was sorry to see it go.

  2. cdhaskell says:

    I can’t wait to see the Jennifer Lopez new series. I wanted to wish her all the luck in the world.

  3. Me says:

    Yeah!! Just what we need another cop drama!! *sigh*

  4. Steven says:

    Warren Kole is gorgeous and very talented. I’ll watch just for him.

  5. Bill says:

    Yawn, cop drama and there corrupt too…. Never been done before

  6. Heathers says:

    Jennifer Lopez as a cop?! Are you kidding me?!!! Wtf are they going to do with her hair and makeup, because all of the female cops I know wear long lush locks perfectly styled, and sparkly makeup and bronzer. I like the rest of the cast though.

  7. Scott says:

    I liked this a decade ago when it was caled The Shield

    • Liz says:

      Once again Jennifer Lopez surrounds herself with REAL talent. This is going to be hilarious.

    • anonymous says:

      The Shield was about a rogue cop in an experimental division of the Los Angeles Police Department, willing to sink to the criminals’ level in order to take them on — but his misdeeds eventually come home to roost. He breaks the law to, in his mind, bring some semblance of order to a chaotic world.

      How is this the same as 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?

    • jayne mckinley says:

      Exactly.

  8. Scotty2Hotty says:

    Ray Liotta gets the name Bill Wozniak?? He doesn’t look like a Wozniak. And J-Lo’s name is Harlee? YUCK!!!

  9. TC says:

    Yep another ripoff from Hollywood. Just renamed The Shield and put a different cast in,

  10. herman1959 says:

    I’ll pass on this one, it sounds like it would be better as a film or miniseries.

  11. Coj says:

    I love me some JLo. All I ask is they pick Monday night to air…Mary Jane on Tuesday Cookie on Wednesday and Olivia and Annalise on Thursday. That there would be the perfect TV week lineup

  12. nancy Jarvis says:

    Bring it! Ray is the best.

  13. nancy Jarvis says:

    Bring it! Ray is the best!

  14. Mel says:

    Geez. Tough time slot, you could have alt least given this show a chance.

  15. Virginia thorpe says:

    Like the complexities of the series but don’t need the homosexual tones which have no value or interest to this fast paced series. Looking forward to next season.

  16. Socrates says:

    Shades of Blue this season has gone off the rails this season; Wozniak is a crazed killer and Stahl is just crazy; it’s not close to believable