NBC plans to kick off 2016 with high ratings, launching Jennifer Lopez’s new police drama Shades of Blue ahead of inevitable Thursday competitors like ABC’s How to Get Away With Murder. The series debuts on January 7th (shifted up a week from its originally intended January 14th launch), as a follow-up to Heroes Reborn and The Blacklist on Thursdays at 10/9c. It replaces Wesley Snipes’ action thriller The Player, which recently had its order cut from 13 to 9 episodes.
In the above extended trailer for Shades of Blue, we are immediately thrown into the moral gray area that policewoman Harlee Santos (Lopez) inhabits. She coolly orchestrates a staged firefight, covering up her partner Loman’s (Dayo Okeniyi) mistaken shooting of an unarmed suspect playing an all-too-realistic video game. “The truth is in the paperwork,” she explains to the rattled rookie. Further scenes in the trailer illustrate Santos’ “creative police work,” her bond with patriarchal, corrupt cop Matt Wozniak (Ray Liotta), and how this eventually gets her busted by the FBI and forced to turn informant.