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Also premiering tonight on TNT is Jerry Bruckheimer’s latest action-adventure cop series, Dark Blue, starring (the beautiful) Dylan McDermott.  McDermott plays Lt. Carter Shaw, the man in charge of a group of extreme-undercover cops that bust gangs, crime circles, drug rings, you name, from the inside out.  The cast includes some new and some familiar faces doing some really stellar and gritty work: Omari Hardwick, who you might recognize from TNT’s shortlived Saved; Logan Marshall-Green, Ryan Atwood’s brother that Marissa killed on THE OC; Nicki Aycox, Lily’s sister on Cold Case.

From TNT, about the pilot:

After an undercover FBI agent’s body is dumped on the side of the road, all eyes turn toward Dean Bendis (Marshall-Green), an undercover LAPD officer currently embedded with the gang believed to be responsible for the FBI agent’s murder. Dean’s boss, Carter Shaw (McDermott), is determined to bring the gang leader down while also ensuring that Dean has not turned and switched loyalties. Carter sends in Ty Curtis (Hardwick), who must leave his life as a newlywed to return to the seedy underbelly of the criminal world and get Dean out. Meanwhile, Carter recruits and trains the latest member of his team, Jaimie Allen (Aycox), a patrol cop who has successfully fabricated her entire past.  After an undercover FBI agent’s body is dumped on the side of the road, all eyes turn toward Dean Bendis (Marshall-Green), an undercover LAPD officer currently embedded with the gang believed to be responsible for the FBI agent’s murder. Dean’s boss, Carter Shaw (McDermott), is determined to bring the gang leader down while also ensuring that Dean has not turned and switched loyalties. Carter sends in Ty Curtis (Hardwick), who must leave his life as a newlywed to return to the seedy underbelly of the criminal world and get Dean out. Meanwhile, Carter recruits and trains the latest member of his team, Jaimie Allen (Aycox), a patrol cop who has successfully fabricated her entire past.  

Ultimately, Dark Blue is a gritty and dark show that serves its purpose as a solid cop drama / shoot-em-up style caper.  It’s certainly not light hearted like the antics on the show before it, but I think it handles the darkness with a sort of optimism. These cops really do want to do what’s best, and save the day, and they work together as a group to make that happen.  It’s shot beautifully, as most Bruckheimer-produced shows are, and Dylan McDermott brings his typical “tortured soul” attitude to Carter.  Are there flaws?  Sure there are, but nothing that I don’t think they’ll shake off by episode 3.  It’s not for everyone, but I think, so far, it’s for me!

Premiere: Wednesday, July 15th on TNT  10/9c

 

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