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Dark Blue
Dark Blue title screen.jpg
Genre Drama / Action / Thriller
Created by Danny Cannon
Developed by Doug Jung
Starring Dylan McDermott
Omari Hardwick
Logan Marshall-Green
Nicki Aycox
Country of origin  United States
Language(s) English
No. of seasons 2
No. of episodes 20 (List of episodes)
Production
Executive producer(s) Jerry Bruckheimer
Jonathan Littman
Danny Cannon
Doug Jung
Location(s) Los Angeles
Running time Approx. 43 minutes
Production company(s) Warner Horizon Television
Broadcast
Original channel TNT
Picture format 480i (SDTV)
Original run July 15, 2009 – present
External links
Official website

Dark Blue is an action/drama television series which premiered on TNT on July 15, 2009, at 10 pm (9 pm central).[1] The series is set in Los Angeles, California. It revolves around Carter Shaw, the leader of an undercover unit. He is an officer who has dedicated his life to take down the worst criminals in L.A. to the point that it has cost him his marriage. His team involves Ty Curtis, a newly-wed that struggles between his job and his new life, Dean Bendis, an officer who is so deep in his undercover role that most of the time makes his team doubt which side is he on and finally Jaimie Allen, a green patrol cop recruited into the undercover unit because of her dark past and criminal skills. The show has been picked up for a second season consisting of 10 episodes.[2]

Contents

Premise

Carter Shaw (played by Dylan McDermott) is the head of a crack undercover team of LAPD officers who are so covert, many of their own colleagues do not even know they are involved. His team includes a recently married cop (played by Omari Hardwick from TNT’s Saved) who struggles with personal relationships he has developed while undercover; a shoot-from-the-hip officer (played by Logan Marshall-Green) whose activities make fellow team members wonder if he has gone over to the bad side; and a callow patrolwoman (played by Nicki Aycox) brought in because of her excellent skill in lying and her shady past.[3]

Production

Dark Blue comes to TNT from Warner Horizon Television, with prolific producer Jerry Bruckheimer who produced CSI and its spin-offs, as well as Without A Trace; Jonathan Littman, Danny Cannon, and Doug Jung serving as executive producers. KristieAnne Reed is co-executive producer. Cannon directed the pilot episode,[3] which attracted 3.5 million viewers.[4] The season finale was watched by 1.61 million viewers, a series low.[5] The first season average was 2.589 million viewers.[citation needed] "Dark Blue" has been renewed for a second season of 10 episodes. An insider close to the production, as well as a TNT rep, confirmed the renewal. The series will return in June.

Characters

  • Lieutenant Carter Shaw went to undergraduate school at UCLA. Afterward, he quickly rose through the LAPD while continually making a large number of arrests which consisted of many big time criminals. He is a third generation police officer in his family. Shaw frequently uses criminal contacts to further leads during investigations. His team members are often shocked at how friendly he seems with them. Carter was previously married before he went under cover with a wife and child in order to catch a drug dealer. Carter says this double life was the end of his marriage. After their divorce, his wife went on to be involved with a DEA agent.

Cast

Episodes

Season Episodes Season Premiere Season Finale Ratings DVD Release Date
Season One 10 July 15, 2009 September 15, 2009 2.6 million
Season Two 10 June 2010 September 2010

Music

Composer Graeme Revell, who frequently composes music on CSI: Miami and Eleventh Hour, along with David Russo III, who also composed Eleventh Hour.

Reception

Since the premiere, the series has gained mixed reviews.[6] Verne Gay of Newsday praised the series, saying "This is a solid and particularly well-produced cop show--and should be, with Jerry Bruckheimer topping the credits--although we take off points for extreme violence..."[7]; he gave the show 83 out of 100. Philadelphia Inquirer′s Jonathan Storm gave it 70 out of 100, saying "If you're looking for unencumbered tough-guy entertainment, you won't be disappointed."[8] Mary McNamara at the Los Angeles Times also gave the series a 70, saying "It's going to take more than an unshaven cheek and a few hollow coughs to make the character real, but Dark Blue's great supporting cast and high production values may buy its star enough time to disappear as effectively into his role as his undercover team disappears into theirs."[9] The Boston Globe, however, criticized the show, saying "The characters are not especially dimensional, and McDermott's flat edginess as Carter doesn't help. But what's worse about Dark Blue is the sloppy plotting."[10]

Controversy

A New Jersey police officer has accused producer Jerry Bruckheimer of stealing his identity for U.S. TV series Dark Blue. Undercover narcotics detective Wayne 'Big Chuck' Bradshaw alleges he met with Bruckheimer's TV team for a meeting in 2007 to discuss turning his life story into a small screen drama. According to Bradshaw, Bruckheimer was not present at the pitch but a production coordinator arrived in his place. There was no follow-up discussion about the series - but the cop is convinced his story inspired the crime drama that began airing in the U.S. this summer.Bradshaw tells the New York Daily News[11], "She (the production coordinator) talked to me for three hours, and said she'd talk with Jerry. Two years go by. Then I turn on TNT one night. There's a show called Dark Blue. The executive producer is Bruckheimer. It's about undercover cops with dark pasts. Omari Hardwick's character is bodybuilder, like me. On Bruckheimer's website, his name is 'Ty Bradshaw' only they changed his name on the credits to Ty Curtis - I guess to cover their tracks." However, Bradshaw has no intention of seeking legal action, adding, "I feel ripped off, but I'm not out for blood. I'd just like to be included." A spokesperson for the show has declined to comment.

International broadcasting

Country Broadcaster Season Premiere
 Bulgaria PRO.BG 1
 Canada Citytv 1
 Denmark Kanal 5 1
 Germany Kabel 1 1 February 6, 2010 (2010-02-06)
 Greece Nova Cinema 1
 Ireland RTÉ Two 1 March 15, 2010 (2010-03-15)
 Netherlands Veronica 1
 Norway Viasat 4 1 January 2010 (2010-01)
 Poland AXN 1 October 7, 2009 (2009-10-07)
 South Africa MNet Series 1 February 1, 2010 (2010-02-01)
 Turkey Dizimax 1
 United States TNT 1 July 15, 2009 (2009-07-15)
2 June 2010 (2010-06)

References

  1. ^ Official website at TNT
  2. ^ Kate Stanhope. "Dark Blue Renewed for Season 2". TVGuide.com. http://www.tvguide.com/News/Dark-Blue-Renewed-1012938.aspx. 
  3. ^ a b About Dark Blue on TNT's website
  4. ^ Mitovich, Matt (2009-07-17). "Ratings for Dark Blue, Leverage, Big Brother and More". TV Guide Online. http://www.tvguide.com/News/Ratings-Leverage-Dark-1008180.aspx. Retrieved 2009-09-11. 
  5. ^ Seidman, Robert (2009-09-17). "Without new Leverage as a lead-in, Dark Blue finale hits series low in viewers". TV by the Numbers. http://tvbythenumbers.com/2009/09/17/without-new-leverage-as-a-lead-in-dark-blue-finale-hits-series-low-in-viewers. Retrieved 2009-09-30. 
  6. ^ http://www.metacritic.com/tv/shows/darkblue
  7. ^ Gay, Verne (2009-07-13). "'Dark Blue' with Dylan McDermott". Newsday. http://www.newsday.com/entertainment/dark-blue-with-dylan-mcdermott-1.1307980. Retrieved 2009-11-30. 
  8. ^ Storm, Jonathan (2009-07-15). "New cop show is low-frills fun". Philadelphia Inquirer. http://www.philly.com/philly/entertainment/television/20090715_Jonathan_Storm__New_cop_show_is_low-frills_fun.html. Retrieved 2009-11-30. 
  9. ^ McNamara, Mary (2009-07-15). "'Dark Blue'". Los Angeles Times. http://articles.latimes.com/2009/jul/15/entertainment/et-darkblue15. Retrieved 2009-11-30. 
  10. ^ Gilbert, Matthew (2009-07-15). "Logic is a fugitive in 'Dark Blue' debut". The Boston Globe. http://www.boston.com/ae/tv/articles/2009/07/15/tnt8217s_8216dark_blue8217_dispenses_with_logic/. Retrieved 2009-11-30. 
  11. ^ Jerry Bruckheimer accused of lifting TNT series 'Dark Blue' from biker-turned-cop Wayne Bradshaw

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