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BY RICK GABLES
NBC will premiere the 3rd and final 10-episode season of Shades of Blue on Sunday, June 17. The critically acclaimed drama stars Jennifer Lopez and Ray Liotta. This season’s storyline brings Lopez’s complex character, Harlee Santos, to a fitting resolution. Harlee is a charismatic single mother and resourceful detective at the heart of a tight-knit crew of Brooklyn detectives, led by enigmatic Lt. Matt Wozniak (Liotta) who often leads the team to step outside the limitations of the law in order to effectively protect their precinct and their own. The cast includes Drea de Matteo, Warren Kole, Dayo Okeniyi, Vincent Laresca, Hampton Fluker and Sarah Jeffery. Nick Wechsler is a recurring guest star.
ABC’s newest procedural crime series, Take Two, starring Rachel Bilson and Eddie Cibrian, is set to premiere Thursday, June 21. This is an upbeat detective series that follows Sam Swift (Bilson), the former star of a hit cop series whose epic breakdown is broadcast to the public and sends her to rehab. Desperate to restart her career, she talks her way into shadowing lone-wolf private investigator Eddie Valetik (Cibrian) as research for a potential comeback role. Though Eddie resents the babysitting gig, high-spirited Sam uses the skills she learned as an actor playing a cop and proves herself to be surprisingly valuable. The cast also includes Xavier de Guzman, Aliyah O’Brien and Alice Lee.
OWN will premiere its new original one-hour romantic drama Love Is_ on Tuesday, June 19. The series follows Nuri (Michele Weaver) and Yasir (Will Catlett), a couple from seemingly opposite worlds, as they chase their dreams and learn to follow their hearts. Told from the perspective of the couple’s present-day selves, the romantic drama also revisits the social issues and vibrant black culture of that time reflecting on how it all aligned to shape the couple they have become nearly 20 years later.
EPIX will premiere its new series Deep State Sunday, June 17. The series centers around Max Easton (Mark Strong), an ex-spy whose past comes back to haunt him when he’s summoned away from his new life in the Pyrenees by George White (Alistair Petrie), head of covert MI6/CIA team “The Section.” White convinces Max to return to the field to avenge the death of his estranged son Harry (Joe Dempsie). But the stakes are soon raised when Max finds himself at the heart of a covert intelligence war, immersed in a widespread conspiracy to profit from the spread of chaos in the Middle East.
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