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Jennifer Lopez to star in new NBC police drama

Jennifer Lopez to star in new NBC police drama
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Jennifer Lopez is returning to the small screen and this time it’s not as a judge for “American Idol.” Lopez, 44, is set to star as a dirty cop in a new police drama “Shades of Blue” from NBC that is slated to hit television screens in 2015.

According to the Hollywood Reporter on February 21, 13 episodes were ordered from the network. The series is centered on a single mother and dirty cop recruited to work undercover for the FBI’s anti-corruption task force. Fellow “American Idol” colleague Ryan Seacrest will also produce the series. NBC have high hopes that with Lopez being attached to the series, it’ll be a success. Jennifer Salke, President of NBC Entertainment released a statement about Lopez’s involvement in the project.

"Whether it's producing, acting, singing or any of her other many entrepreneurial activities, Jennifer is an extraordinary talent and life force, and we're delighted to be in business with her and Adi Hasak on this sophisticated show,” Salke said. "We're especially excited that Jennifer is returning to her acting roots from such great movies as “Out of Sight” and we know that she will create this complicated character in a vivid way that will breathe new life into the cop show genre. Ryan Seacrest is part of the NBCU family and doing his first scripted drama series with us makes perfect sense."

Ryan Seacrest also added his thoughts about the series with the network.

"Nina Wass (Ryan Seacrest Production exec) loved the script from the moment she read it. When Elaine, Adi and Benny approached us about working on it, we jumped at the chance to collaborate with such amazing partners. The script is so powerful and ambitious, we can't wait to see Jennifer take on this remarkable role. Bob Greenblatt and Jen Salke's enthusiasm and support has been incredible, and we look forward to working with everyone at NBC."

Jennifer Lopez can play a very believable cop like she did in another one of her famous roles in 2001’s “Angel Eyes.” This new series maybe something to keep an eye out for in the 2015-16 television season.