Barry Levinson to Direct Jennifer Lopez NBC Drama ‘Shades of Blue’

Barry Levinson has boarded NBC’s Jennifer Lopez drama series “Shades of Blue.”

The director will help develop the show that revolves around a single mother and FBI agent working undercover on an anti-corruption task force. Levinson will serve as exec producer and direct the first episode of the series, which earned a straight-to-series pickup from the Peacock in February.

Production is set to begin next summer in New York. Adi Hasak (“From Paris with Love”) created the series for Universal TV, Ryan Seacrest Prods. and Lopez’s Nuyorican Prods.

“Adi has written a police drama that gets into the fascinating dirt behind law enforcement with a female character we haven’t really seen before,” Levinson said.

Levinson is no stranger to NBC. He and partner Tom Fontana spearheaded NBC’s much-praised police drama “Homicide: Life on the Street” from 1993-99.

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