Only two episodes of the second season of “Shades of Blue” have aired but NBC renewed this police drama starring Jennifer Lopez and Ray Liotta on Friday. She plays NYPD detective Harlee Santos, he is her boss, Lieutenant Matt Wozniak. In making the announcement, NBC Entertainment president Jennifer Salke said, “We’re so hugely appreciative of everything Jennifer and Ray do, and know it is due to their dedication, as well as the hard work of our incredible cast and producers, that ‘Shades of Blue’ has so clearly and compellingly earned a third-season renewal. This show continues to mine powerful stories that always leave us hungry for more.”
The show returned on March 5 with an action-packed premiere that followed immediately on the freshman season cliffhanger, in which her character, NYPD detective Harlee Santos, had killed her abusive ex-boyfriend Miguel Zepeda (Antonio Jaramillo). As the actress explained in a March 2 appearance with Savannah Guthrie on the “Today” show, “Her whole world is crashing down on her and she has a dead man on her floor that she just snapped his neck.” As the actress observed, “she’s in trouble again, but that is the story of her life.”
For Lopez, who also executive produces the show with her one-time “American Idol” colleague Ryan Seacrest, the appeal of doing a TV series was a chance to play the same character over a longer stretch of time. She sees Santos as basically a good person but says that she, like all of us, has her flaws. “Now she has more secrets. Now she has more challenges.”
She particularly relishes the scenes with the Golden Globe-nominated Liotta (“Something Wild”). Reflecting on their complicated relationship, Lopez says, ““They’ve reached a point where they can’t stop the downward spiral.”
With filming having wrapped, Lopez is heading back to her other love, performing, with a stint in Las Vegas as well as an upcoming album. And she will star this fall in “Bye Bye Birdie,” NBC’s annual live musical.
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