Singer Jennifer Lopez arrives at the premiere of Fox's 'American Idol Xlll' at UCLA's Royce Hall on January 14, 2014 in Los Angeles, California. (Kevin Winter/Getty Images)
(USA Today) -- Jennifer Lopez is returning to acting as the star of an NBC detective drama.
Shades of Blue, to be produced by Lopez and Ryan Seacrest, among others, will feature Lopez as Harlee McCord, a single mom and detective who works undercover for the FBI's anti-corruption task force. But, according to NBC's description of the series, "she becomes compromised by her colleagues--all of whom also pitch in to help her raise her daughter--and finds herself faced with the moral dilemma of working against her cop brothers in order to redeem herself."
The series, given a 13-episode order without a pilot episode, is targeted for the 2015-16 TV season. NBC Entertainment president Jennifer Salke, in a statement, says of Lopez, "We know that she will create this complicated character in a vivid way that will breathe new life into the cop show genre."
Lopez, who returned to American Idol as a judge this season, has acted only sporadically in recent years, and has never starred in a scripted series, though she's guest starred on How I Met Your Mother. But she had her first breakout role in Steven Soderbergh's 1998 film Out of Sight, co-starring George Clooney. (Her character in that film, Karen Sisco, was the basis for a 2003 ABC series starring Carla Gugino).
Seacrest has been expanding his producing empire to scripted series, and this marks his first drama effort.
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