Jennifer Lopez dishes ‘Shades of Blue’ return to NBC on March 5

To talk about the second season of “Shades of Blue,” Jennifer Lopez dropped by the “Today” show on Thursday. This hit police drama returns to the peacock net on Sunday with an action-packed premiere. As the actress explains to Savannah Guthrie, this first episode follows immediately on the freshman season cliffhanger, in which her character, NYPD detective Harlee Santos, has killed her abusive ex-boyfriend Miguel Zepeda (Antonio Jaramillo).

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“Her whole world is crashing down on her and she has a dead man on her floor that she just snapped his neck.” says Lopez who also executive produces the show, along with her one-time “American Idol” colleague Ryan Seacrest. “She’s in trouble again, but that is the story of her life.”

For the actress, 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.”

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She particularly relishes the scenes with the Golden Globe-nominated actor Ray Liotta (“Something Wild”) who plays her boss, Lieutenant Matt Wozniak. 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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