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Jennifer Lopez’s NBC series “Shades of Blue” finally has a premiere date: Thursday, Jan. 14.

The show will open with a two-hour premiere at 9 p.m. ET/PT Jan. 14, then move to its regular 10 p.m. the following week. It’s taking over the spot from “The Player,” which will end after nine episodes this fall.

“Shades of Blue” stars Lopez as an NYPD detective who’s part of a unit that frequently lines its pockets with extra-legal activities. When the FBI catches her, she’s forced to inform on her sergeant (Ray Liotta) and her fellow detectives. Drea de Matteo and Warren Kole also star.

“Shades of Blue” has been on NBC’s books since the February 2014, when it ordered the show straight to series. It was always targeted for 2015-16, but that’s an unusually long time between series order and premiere date, owing in part to Lopez’s commitments to “American Idol.”

Speaking of which: During “Idol’s” first few weeks on the air when it’s running two nights per week, it will be possible to see Lopez on two different networks in the same evening.

Posted by:Rick Porter

Rick Porter has been covering TV since the days when networks sent screeners on VHS, one of which was a teaser for the first season of "American Idol." He's left-handed, makes a very solid grilled cheese and has been editor of TV by the Numbers since October 2015. He lives in Austin.

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