News Briefs: NBC Has Ordered a Jennifer Lopez Cop Drama Straight to Series

By Tim Surette

Feb 25, 2014

NBC HITS A NEW J-LO

... Hahahahahaha NBC. The network has ordered Shades of Blue straight to series, asking for 13 episodes of the hour-long drama. And here's why I'm laughing: The cop show stars Jennifer Lopez (yes, that Jennifer Lopez) as an undercover cop/single mom who's employed by the FBI's anti-corruption task force. And her character's name is Harlee McCord. Jennifer Lopez as Harlee McCord, undercover cop, coming to NBC in the fall of 2015. [TV Line]


BUSINESS TIME

... Fox has ordered a new drama from Jerry Bruckheimer, but there aren't enough details available to make it sound very interesting. Wanna hear what we got? "Project is described as a thriller that uncovers lingering secrets about a suburban family." Okay! But the network was intrigued enough to give it a "series prototype order," which means it's asked for a pilot as well as a few extra scripts so that if the show looks good, the network can order it to series right away. [Variety]

... Do you ever watch A&E's Bates Motel and then look around the room and realize that Chris Hardwick isn't around to talk about it with you, so you cry out, "Why are the TV gods so cruel!?!?" Well Chris Hardwick doesn't give a rat's ass about Bates Motel, but A&E is gonna make sure that someone is there for you after Bates. The network will board the post-show discussion train with Bates Motel: After Hours, a live program that will feature the cast and crew of Bates Motel discussing the episode that just aired. A post-The Walking Dead show makes sense. Even Talking Bad, Breaking Bad's follow-up chat series, made sense. But this? This does not make sense. Good luck with it, A&E. The second season of Bates Motel premieres Monday, March 3. [A&E via press release]  

... NBC's coverage of the Winter Olympic Games Sponsored by Subway Sandwiches Stuffed With Fritos Eww Gross came to an end last night, with the Closing Ceremonies averaging 15.1 million viewers. Over the course of the entire Games, NBC's primetime coverage averaged 21.4 million viewers, down from 24.4 million during the 2010 Vancouver Games. But that was in Canada and therefore broadcast live, so let's cut these guys some slack. [NBC via press release]

... Piers Morgan Live, CNN's replacement for Larry King Live, might need some replacing of its own. Reports are circulating that the news network is canceling the primetime interview show due to low ratings, and also due to the fact that CNN is moving toward showing more videos of squirrels water skiing. Morgan took over the 9pm slot for CNN three years ago. [NY Daily News]

... Hey, when the Veronica Mars movie comes out on March 14, what theater are you going to see it in? Well I'm going to watch it at my house! Because Kristen Bell is coming over with a family of sloths and we're partying! Or because distributor Time Warner is trying something different: It's releasing the movie via on-demand on the same day it hits theaters. But I swear I will have a picture of K-Bell and a family of possums in my living room when I do watch it. [Wall Street Journal]

... Good television alert! Netflix now has the final eight episodes of Breaking Bad and the entire first season of The Returned available for streaming. You are welcome! [Tim's brain]


CASTING NEWS

... Private Practice and Wings star Tim Daly could have a cushy gig for the next 20 years if things work out right. Daly has joined the cast of the CBS drama pilot Madam Secretary, starring Tea Leoni as a maverick Secretary of State. Daly will play her husband, a college professor of medieval religious history (he's probably totally fun at parties). Based on nothing but my own instincts, this seems like it has a decent shot at surviving pilot season. [TV Line]

... American Horror Story vet and a personal favorite of mine Lily Rabe has joined ABC's alien drama pilot The Visitors, which sees humans trying to fend off "an unseen alien enemy out to destroy the world using our most precious resource against us." Rabe will play an FBI agent who's title is apparently "Child Specialist." [TV Line]

... Emmy winner and actress your grandfather really liked Ann-Margret has joined Showtime's Ray Donovan for its second season. She'll play a former star who has a past with Elliot Gould's character. [Showtime via press release]

... Samuel Anderson (Gavin & Stacey) is joining the cast of Doctor Who on a recurring basis. He'll play a professor at the school that the new Doctor's companion, Clara Oswald, attends. This is great news! I think? I don't know, I know nothing about Doctor Who or anything, really. [BBC America via press release]

... Former ESPN sideline hottie Erin Andrews will be taking over as co-host of Dancing With the Stars. Andrews, who previously competed on the reality show, will cut in on Brook Burke-Charvet, who's totally been fired from her co-host spot after seven years. [E! Online / THR]


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  • lyokophantom Mar 05, 2014

    Jennifer Lopez's cop drama is probably a response to Sophia Vergara's show Killer Women on ABC.

  • funnyl3unni Feb 26, 2014

    Of course NBC would do this. Nothing NBC does surprises me anymore. If they wanted to shock me they could not camel a good show and refrain from airing crap. THat would be newsworthy.

  • funnyl3unni Feb 26, 2014

    *cancel …. I don't know how one would "camel" a good show …. but NBC probably does.

  • AndrewHart Feb 25, 2014

    I love J Lo but seriously, she can do a whole lot better.

  • crazedtvhead91 Feb 25, 2014

    I Love Bates Motel! Cant wait for its return. I'd watch a post show discuss thingy. Oo oo, abc should do one for Scandal too!

  • terminaltrip421 Feb 25, 2014

    I might give shades of blue a shot mostly because of lopez' most pronounced asset.

    if bates motel's second season is as good as its first I'll definitely watch the follow up show as I imagine its biggest fans will. the shows IMDB forums are pretty solid with some big fans.

    I don't know that I'll watch the visitors. I don't know that I'll be watching AHS next season either. I quit this season without finishing the first episode so it might be more likely that I would catch her in the new 'V' and she was always one of the bright spots on AHS.

    I like daly and leoni though the show doesn't really sound like my cup of tea.

  • marcusj1973 Feb 25, 2014

    Shades of Blue...the advanced winner of the 2014 death pool

  • mrjimmyjames Feb 25, 2014

    Tim Daly's pretty old. He might not be around in 20 years.

  • mrjimmyjames Feb 25, 2014

    Does this mean no more Lily Rabe on AHS?

  • mrjimmyjames Feb 25, 2014


    CNN is just another one of those acronyms that at some point may no longer stand for anything the network shows. Hell, Jeff Zucker may just put Anthony Bourdain on at 9PM. Maybe he'll hire someone from Food Network to host a show in primetime. It would probably do better than their attempts at news programs.

  • mrjimmyjames Feb 25, 2014

    How does Jay Leno Live sound? He's waiting in the wings and his successor seems to be doing fine without him.

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