Jennifer Lopez in ‘Shades of Blue’
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Jennifer Lopez in ‘Shades of Blue’ on NBC

Jennifer Lopez in ‘Shades of Blue’

Jennifer Lopez stars as a detective in the new NBC show “Shades of Blue.”

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Jennifer Lopez in ‘Shades of Blue’

Jennifer Lopez, Ray Liotta, second from left, Santino Fontana and Hampton Fluker on the set in Harlem on Aug. 12, 2015.

 (Carolyn Cole / Los Angeles Times)
Jennifer Lopez in ‘Shades of Blue’

“Shades of Blue” bypassed the traditional pilot process and was ordered directly to series by NBC in February 2014.

 

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Jennifer Lopez in ‘Shades of Blue’

“I wanted to change my look completely and be like the antithesis of what people are used to seeing me as,” Jennifer Lopez says.

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Jennifer Lopez in ‘Shades of Blue’

Jennifer Lopez, with Ray Liotta in Harlem, originally was involved only as a producer. It took some coaxing to get her to take on the role of Harlee Santos.

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Jennifer Lopez in ‘Shades of Blue’

Jennifer Lopez, center, speaks to director Dan Lerner and costar Drea DeMatteo on the set of the new NBC show “Shades of Blue,” being filmed in Harlem on Aug. 12, 2015.

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Jennifer Lopez in ‘Shades of Blue’

Before joining the cast, Ray Liotta, with Lopez, made sure his role was substantive.

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Jennifer Lopez in ‘Shades of Blue’

Director Dan Lerner, center, watches as a scene of the new NBC show “Shades of Blue” is filmed in Harlem.

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Jennifer Lopez in ‘Shades of Blue’

Director Dan Lerner on set in Harlem.

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Jennifer Lopez in ‘Shades of Blue’

Ray Liotta, left, Jennifer Lopez and Hampton Fluker.

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Jennifer Lopez in ‘Shades of Blue’

Ray Liotta gets makeup.

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Jennifer Lopez in ‘Shades of Blue’

Residents of Harlem watch as the new NBC show “Shades of Blue” is filmed in their neighborhood.

 (Carolyn Cole / Los Angeles Times)
Jennifer Lopez in ‘Shades of Blue’

Jennifer Lopez stars in the new NBC show “Shades of Blue,” playing a detective.

 (Carolyn Cole / Los Angeles Times)
Jennifer Lopez in ‘Shades of Blue’

Drea de Matteo also plays a cop in "Shades of Blue.”

 (Carolyn Cole / Los Angeles Times)
Jennifer Lopez in ‘Shades of Blue’

Jennifer Lopez and Ray Liotta wait for action cue.

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Jennifer Lopez in ‘Shades of Blue’

Jennifer Lopez says “Shades of Blue” on NBC is “a character piece about human nature.”

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