Dirty cop drama
Corruption, vendettas and ditching bodies take centre stage in Shades Of Blue.
Shades Of Blue Season 2 Tuesdays (from 30 May) M-Net (*101) 20:30
“The mess just gets bigger,” says Jennifer Lopez as her character Harlee Santos tackles season 2 of Shades Of Blue (2016- current). When the first season ended in April 2016, shady NYPD detective Harlee made a deal with the FBI to exchange her immunity for her dirtier fellow cops’ and if that didn’t put her in a tight spot, Harlee killed her exhusband Miguel (Antonio Jaramillo) when he tried to rape her.
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The first three episodes deal with the aftermath of Miguel’s murder, starting with getting rid of the body. Luckily Harlee has a solution: bury him with another of her dirty secrets – her dead ex- colleague Saperstein (Santino Fontana). Plus,
she also gets back all that bribery cash she gave her abusive ex in season 1 to leave her and their daughter Cristina (Sarah Jeffery) alone. Episode 2 (6 June) is going to be just as messy when Harlee has dinner with her cop boss Lieutenant Wozniak (Ray Liotta). She thinks that he’s forgiven her for being the precinct mole but does a leopard change his spots? Nope – Wozniak blackmails her into being his mole in the FBI anti- corruption task force, who’re investigating him. And in episode 3 (13 June), shifty FBI Agent Stahl (Warren Kole) reveals that he is trying to arrest mayoral candidate Julia Ayers (Anna Gunn, Skylar in drama series Breaking Bad, 2008-2013) for being involved in his partner’s death. That’s a problem for Wozniak, who has an agreement with Julia and it’s not something he can back out of. “The details of Julia’s rise and much darker, Machiavellian side comes to the fore,” hints Anna.
Harlee (centre) and her co-workers (from left): Carlos (Vincent Laresca) , Tess (Drea de Matteo), Marcus (Hampton Fluker) and Michael (Dayo Okeniyi).