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Maybe it’s the Irish Catholic in me or maybe it’s the lingering effect of “The Departed” on American culture, but Martin Scorsese’s Oscar-winning crime drama is all I could think of when “Shades of Blue” debuted its first full-length trailer on Jennifer Lopez’s Facebook page before a broadcast debut on “Sunday Night Football” yesterday. Jennifer Lopez stars as a crooked cop working for a mob boss she’s indebted to, but then the FBI swoops down and turns her into an informant. Loyalties are questioned. Accusations are made. Guns are pretty much everywhere.
Will the new NBC drama live up to such a lofty comparison? It’s hard to say, but the trailer is promising enough. Lopez has always had talent as an actress, even if she tucked it away for a while making average romantic comedies and judging “American Idol.” Liotta — a beloved figure in the biz — isn’t short on credit, either. The two make for an intriguing duo, hopefully with lots of dramatic conflict to dig into.
“Shades of Blue” premieres January 7 on NBC. Watch the trailer above.