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Jennifer Lopez’s ‘Shades of Blue’ Adds Ray Liotta & Drea de Matteo

Jennifer Lopez’s NBC cop drama “Shades of Blue” has rounded out its ensemble with Ray Liotta, Drea de Matteo, Vincent Laresca and Warren Kole, Variety has learned.

The 13-episode series follows police officers who are effective at keeping the streets safe, but also corrupt when it comes to lining their pockets and protecting their own. Lopez will star as Det. Harlee McCord, a single mother recruited to work undercover for the FBI’s anti-corruption task force. When McCord is forced to become a federal informant, she must decide between her own family’s welfare and that of her police family.

Liotta has been cast as Lt. Bill Wozniak, the enigmatic and resourceful patriarch of the group of cops. Wozniak steps outside the limitations of the law to protect his precinct and effectively navigates his own moral code until he comes to believe he’s been betrayed by one of his own. His all-consuming hunt for the informant drives him to dire extremes.

De Matteo will play Shirley Nazario, a tough, outspoken mother of three and cop who holds her own with the men in her crew, yet covers her insecurities with her brashness. She insists that family comes first, but her suspicions and paranoia threaten to upend her personal life.

Laresca will portray Tony Espada, the bulldog and the moral compass of his team. Loyal and devoted to his partners, his toughness hides the fact that he is a hopeless romantic who is secretly in love with his married partner.

Kole will star as relentlessly ambitious up-and-coming FBI agent Robert Staal, who’s desperate to make a name for himself. However, his obsession with his asset jeopardizes his ability to make his case against a group of corrupt cops.

Barry Levinson is attached to direct, and will also serve as an exec producer with Lopez, Jack Orman, Adi Hasak, Ryan Seacrest, Nina Wass, Elaine Goldsmith-Thomas and Benny Medina.

The Lopez starrer from Universal Television, Nuyorican Productions, Ryan Seacrest Productions, Medina &  Co. and EGTV was given a straight-to-series-order last year.

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