Jennifer Lopez is returning to scripted TV.
The 44-year-old, who currently stars as a judge in the FOX singing competition show “American Idol,” will be taking her acting career to the cop drama “Shades of Blue” for NBC, according to various reports.
In the 13-episode show, Lopez will play the lead character, Harlee McCord, a single mother and detective who is recruited to work undercover with the FBI’s anti-corruption task force.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, McCord will be part of a close-knit unit known for its conviction record, but she becomes compromised by her colleagues – all of whom pitch in to help raise her daughter. She finds herself faced with the dilemma of working against her co-workers to redeem herself.
Lopez is also an executive producer on the show, alongside Adi Hasak and Lopez’s “Idol” colleague Ryan Seacrest.
"The script is so powerful and ambitious, we can't wait to see Jennifer take on this remarkable role," Seacrest said in a statement. "Bob Greenblatt and Jen Salke's enthusiasm and support has been incredible, and we look forward to working with everyone at NBC."
The last time Lopez appeared on scripted TV was during her 1994 series regular role on the series "Second Chances."
Production of "Shades of Blue" is slated to begin in 2015 for broadcast during the 2015-16 season.