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"Dark Blue" 2nd season premiere  by Suzanne
On TNT Wednesdays at 9/8c starting August 4th

Last year I did enjoy watching "Dark Blue". I started watching it because of Dylan McDermott, whom I had enjoyed so much in The Practice.  The show was very dark, though, which of course you would expect from the name.  It was a very gritty, realistic cop drama.  Still, it was a little hard to watch. The plots were very gripping and exciting, though, but it was sometimes too intense.

This season they have lightened things up a little bit. I hope they don't take it too much in that direction because then it will be just another cop show. I have watched three of the new episodes so far, and they are very good.  The characters develop more, and there is romance and intrigue.  The show is even better than it was last year.

They introduce a new character - an FBI agent played by Tricia Helfer (mostly known for Battlestar Galactica).  She is great.  The stories are really good. You will enjoy it as much as I did, I'm sure.  You can buy season one on DVD, but it won't make much difference. You won't be lost this season. It's pretty much a straight-forward story about cops who go under-cover in L.A.

Here is more info:

TNT’s Undercover Cop Drama DARK BLUE, Starring Dylan McDermott and Executive Produced by Jerry Bruckheimer, Returns for Second Action-Packed Season Aug. 4

In the world of law enforcement, being an undercover cop is among the most dangerous jobs. It also happens to be a huge adrenaline rush, as shown by the elite team of detectives in TNT’s action-packed series DARK BLUE. Golden GlobeÒ winner Dylan McDermott (The Practice) stars in this drama series from executive producer Jerry Bruckheimer, which returns for its second season with back-to-back episodes Wednesday, Aug. 4, at 9 p.m. (ET/PT). Tricia Helfer (Battlestar Galactica) joins the cast of the series, which also stars Omari Hardwick (TNT’s Saved), Logan Marshall-Green (The O.C.) and Nicki Aycox (Supernatural).

DARK BLUE follows the lives of an undercover team of Los Angeles police officers so covert, many of their own colleagues don’t even know they are involved. The team is supervised by Lieutenant Carter Shaw (McDermott), who frequently butts heads with his superiors over the risks the team is prepared to take to bring down a target. This summer, Carter will be forced to take orders from FBI Agent Alex Rice (Helfer) as they work together on a special joint task force. Alex’s arrival will also set the stage for a major change in Carter’s personal life.

The undercover team includes Ty Curtis (Hardwick), whose job is forming a wedge between he and his wife; Dean Bendis (Marshall-Green), a shoot-from-the-hip officer who won’t hesitate to follow his own initiative if he doesn’t agree with an assignment; and Jaimie Allen (Aycox), a former patrol cop whose success in covering up her shady past is the main reason Carter originally chose her for his team.

Together, these undercover cops look to catch Los Angeles’ most notorious criminals, no matter what it takes. They understand, better than anyone, that to bring down a criminal underworld, one must first dive into its depths and get on the criminals’ level. To do that, they socialize with seedy characters and spend much of their time pretending to be someone else, a task made all the more difficult when personal relationships develop both on and off the job. These undercover officers are frequently faced with circumstances that strain the line between right and wrong. When that happens, what matters is loyalty to fellow officers and the goal of finding the bad guys.

DARK BLUE is produced for TNT by Jerry Bruckheimer Television in association with Warner Horizon Television, with Bruckheimer, Jonathan Littman (the CSI series, Cold Case), Danny Cannon (the CSI series, Eleventh Hour), Doug Jung (Big Love) and Rick Eid (Law & Order) serving as executive producers. KristieAnne Reed (The Forgotten) is co-executive producer.

Jerry Bruckheimer Television is one of the most successful production companies in the history of the medium, with innovative and powerful storytelling establishing new benchmarks in programming excellence. Jerry Bruckheimer Television’s series have included C.S.I.: Crime Scene Investigation, C.S.I.: Miami, C.S.I.: NY, Cold Case, Without a Trace and the seven-time Emmy® Award winner The Amazing Race and, for fall 2010, The Whole Truth and Chase. In the 2005-2006 season, Jerry Bruckheimer Television had a record-breaking 10 series on network television, a feat unprecedented in nearly 60 years of television history. Jerry Bruckheimer Television shows have garnered 88 Emmy Award nominations and 18 Emmys.

Warner Horizon Television (WHTV) is one of the entertainment industry’s fastest-growing television companies, specializing in the creation of scripted series for the cable marketplace, and primetime reality series for both network and cable. Founded in 2006, this second production entity allows the Warner Bros. Television Group to expand its programming offerings and explore creative options made possible under a new business model. For summer 2010 and the 2010–2011 season, WHTV is producing more than a dozen series. WHTV’s unscripted series are The Bachelor, The Bachelorette, Bachelor Pad and True Beauty for ABC, School Pride for NBC, High School Reunion for TV Land and Randy Jackson Presents America’s Best Dance Crew for MTV. Scripted programs from WHTV are Dark Blue, Memphis Beat and Rizzoli & Isles for TNT, Pretty Little Liars for ABC Family, Rubicon for AMC and Unnatural History for Cartoon Network.

TNT, one of cable’s top-rated networks, is television’s destination for drama. Seen in 99.6 million households, the network is home to such original series as The Closer, starring Kyra Sedgwick; Leverage, starring Timothy Hutton; and Dark Blue, starring Dylan McDermott; the upcoming Rizzoli & Isles, starring Angie Harmon and Sasha Alexander; Memphis Beat, with Jason Lee; Men of a Certain Age, with Ray Romano, Scott Bakula and Andre Braugher; and Southland, from Emmy®-winning producer John Wells (ER). TNT also presents such powerful dramas as Bones, Supernatural, Las Vegas, Law & Order, CSI: NY, Cold Case and Numb3rs; broadcast premiere movies; compelling primetime specials, such as the Screen Actors Guild Awards®; and championship sports coverage, including NASCAR and the NBA. The NCAA men’s basketball tournament will appear on TNT beginning in 2011. TNT is available in high-definition.

Turner Broadcasting System, Inc., a Time Warner company, creates and programs branded news, entertainment, animation and young adult media environments on television and other platforms for consumers around the world.

Dark Blue kicks off its second season on Wednesday, August 4th at 9:00 pm E/P:

“Urban Garden” – Premieres Wednesday, Aug. 4, at 9 p.m. (ET/PT)

A sting operation against a local crime lord crosses paths with an FBI investigation, forcing Carter and his team to work to bring him down with the help of FBI Special Agent Alex Rice, played by Tricia Helfer (Battlestar Galactica). What starts our as a simple goal gets complicated after a close friend of Carter’s is caught in the crossfire putting Carter’s personal stake in the cast at odds with Alex’s professional agenda.

“Liar’s Poker” – Premieres Wednesday, Aug. 4, at 10 p.m. (ET/PT)

With Carter and his team now working with FBI Agent Alex Rice (guest star Tricia Helfer) as part of a special LAPD/FBI task force, the team goes after a drug ring with connections to a Mexican Drug Cartel. As Ty infiltrates the high-end world of a local dealer, Dean follows the drug ring to the most unlikely of suspects – A beautiful art gallery owner (guest star Jordana Brewster – Chuck).

“Shelter of the Beast” – Premieres Wednesday, Aug. 11, at 9 p.m. (ET/PT)

In order to get closer to their ultimate mark, the head of a notorious Mexican drug cartel, Carter has to pose as a porn king looking to expand his business into pharmaceuticals. But the case has Dean in an ever-complicated relationship with Maria (guest star Jordana Brewster – Chuck), the attractive art gallery owner and daughter of a drug dealer.

“High Rollers” – Premieres Wednesday, Aug. 18, at 9 p.m. (ET/PT)

When the team infiltrates a local casino to investigate the disappearance and presumed murder of a law-school student with a gambling problem, the case has a negative effect on Ty who runs with his high-rolling cover a little too far. Meanwhile, Alex gives Jaimie a hard time over the risks she is willing to take with their target, a no-excuses loan shark.

“Brother’s Keeper” – Premieres Wednesday, Aug. 25, at 9 p.m. (ET/PT)

In order to locate an infamous anti-government militia leader, the team stages a jail break for his younger brother in the hope that he’ll lead them to their target before he assassinates a prominent Federal Judge. Meanwhile, Ty’s extracurricular activities are starting to affect his job performance, just as Alex is preparing a report on the task force.

“Jane Wayne” – Premieres Wednesday, Sept. 1, at 9 p.m. (ET/PT)

Jaimie poses as a junkie in order to infiltrate a dangerous crew of thieves who pose as DEA agents in order to steal from drug dealers. As Carter grows concerned about Jaimie’s eagerness to make the case, Ty and Dean are stuck with a loveable yet annoying informant who wants nothing more than to be a cop, just like them.

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