Dark Blue (TV series)

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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
Tricia Helfer
Country of origin United States
Original 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 43 minutes
Production company(s) Water Chopping Entertainment
Warner Horizon Television
Broadcast
Original channel TNT
Picture format 480i (SDTV)
Original run July 15, 2009 (2009-07-15) – September 15, 2010 (2010-09-15)

Dark Blue was an action/drama television series which premiered on TNT on July 15, 2009, at 10 p.m. (9 p.m. Central). It ended its run on September 15, 2010.[1] The series is set in Los Angeles, California. It revolves around Carter Shaw (Dylan McDermott), the leader of an undercover unit. He is an officer who has dedicated his life to taking down the worst criminals in L.A., and this dedication has cost him his marriage. His team includes Ty Curtis, a newlywed who struggles between his job and his new life; Dean Bendis, an officer who is so deep in his undercover role that his team is no longer sure which side he is on; and Jaimie Allen, a green patrol cop recruited into the undercover unit because of her dark past and criminal skills.

Premise[edit]

Carter Shaw is the head of a crack undercover team of the Los Angeles Police Department that is so secret, many of the team members' own colleagues do not know they are involved. Heir to several generations of police officers and a graduate of UCLA, Shaw quickly rose through the ranks of the LAPD. He made a large number of arrests of high-profile criminals during his eighteen years on the force. Shaw frequently uses criminal contacts to further leads and add substance to his team's covers during investigations; Carter's team members are often shocked at how friendly and casual he seems with known criminals.

Carter was married with one child before he became a deep undercover officer. His ex-wife claims his double life was the reason their marriage dissolved. This earlier part of his life is sharply contrasted with the one he now leads, in which he has few personal relationships.

His team includes a recently married cop (played by Omari Hardwick from TNT’s Saved) who struggles with personal relationships he 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 other side; and a callow patrolwoman (played by Nicki Aycox) brought in because of her excellent skill in lying and her shady past.[2]

Production[edit]

Dark Blue comes to TNT from Warner Horizon Television, with prolific producer Jerry Bruckheimer who produced CSI and its spin-offs, as well as Cold Case and 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,[2] which attracted 3.5 million viewers.[3] The season finale was watched by 1.61 million viewers, a series low.[4] The first season average was 2.589 million viewers.[citation needed] It was cancelled by TNT on November 16, 2010.[5]

Cast[edit]

Episodes[edit]

Season 1: 2009[edit]

No. Episode Directed by Written by Original air date U.S. Viewers
(in millions)
1 "Pilot" Danny Cannon Doug Jung July 15, 2009 (2009-07-15) 3.5
Guest star: James Russo of Extremities
2 "Guns, Strippers, and Wives" Danny Cannon Rick Eid July 22, 2009 (2009-07-22)

Ty goes undercover to search for a gun trafficker, but nearly blows his cover by breaking a crucial rule and seeing his wife on her birthday. Team leader Carter must come up with $100,000 in less than 12 hours to keep Ty's mission protected...and to save his life.

Guest star: Gregg Henry of The Riches
3 "Purity" Jeffrey Hunt Doug Jung July 29, 2009 (2009-07-29) 2.92

A ruthless drug trafficker with a background as a lawyer proves a difficult target for the team, especially when the sting operation’s deadline gets pushed up. Jaimie is on the front lines of this case, which may be her hardest challenge yet.

Guest star: Al Sapienza of The Sopranos
4 "K-Town" Nathan Hope Eileen Myers August 5, 2009 (2009-08-05) 2.57
Guest star: Byron Chung of Lost & Baa Baa Black Sheep
5 "August" Karen Gaviola Matt McGuinness August 12, 2009 (2009-08-12) 2.57
Guest stars: Hassan Johnson and Gbenga Akinnagbe of The Wire
6 "Ice" Danny Cannon Rick Eid August 19, 2009 (2009-08-19) 2.38
Guest star: Daniel Roebuck of Matlock
7 "O.I.S." Jeffrey Hunt Doug Jung August 26, 2009 (2009-08-26)

Carter tries to bust a dirty cop. Ty gets transferred to the cop's unit. Meanwhile, because of Carter's actions during the case, Jaimie digs up information that links Carter to the case personally.

Guest star: Michael Biehn of The Terminator
8 "Venice Kings" Eagle Egilsson Nicholas Wootton September 2, 2009 (2009-09-02)
Guest star: Shawn Doyle of Big Love
9 "Betsy" Dermott Downs Matt McGuinness & Eileen Myers September 9, 2009 (2009-09-09)

The team goes undercover to bust the biggest dealer on the west coast. To get dark, Jaimie has to use her real-life alias, Jaimie Anderson, and connect with an old friend. Also, she has to ask her boyfriend, a District Attorney, a favor to get what the team needs in order to complete the bust.

Guest star: Channon Roe of Windfall
10 "A Shot in the Dark" Nick Gomez Doug Jung & Rick Eid September 16, 2009 (2009-09-16) 1.6
Guest stars: Sasha Alexander of NCIS and Andrea Roth of Rescue Me

Season 2: 2010[edit]

No. Episode Directed by Written by Original air date U.S. Viewers
(in millions)
11 "Urban Garden ( Jardines urbanos )"[6] Jeffrey Hunt Rick Eid & Doug Jung August 4, 2010 (2010-08-04)[6] 2.56[7]
12 "Liar's Poker ( Poker mentiroso )"[8] Dermott Downs Gavin Harris August 4, 2010 (2010-08-04)[8] 2.48[7]

Carter and Ty team up to go after a local drug ring. Dean gets close to an art dealer (Jordana Brewster) whose father may be involved in drug distribution. After bringing down the main supplier, Carter and Agent Rice find out he has ties to a Mexican drug cartel.

Guest star: Tucker Albrizzi
13 "Shelter of the Beast"[9] John Behring Sam Humphrey August 11, 2010 (2010-08-11)[9] 2.34[10]

Carter goes undercover as a porn king looking to diversify into the illegal drug business. The target of the sting is the head of a Mexican drug cartel. Dean's increasingly personal relationship with the daughter of a local drug dealer puts the undercover operation at risk.

Guest star: Jordana Brewster
14 "High Rollers"[11] Karen Gaviola Rick Eid August 18, 2010 (2010-08-18)[11] 2.43[12]
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 (Max Martini).
15 "Brother's Keeper"[13] Nathan Hope Doug Jung August 25, 2010 (2010-08-25)[13] 2.59[14]
16 "Jane Wayne"[15] Guy Ferland Joe Halpin September 1, 2010 (2010-09-01)[15] 2.06[16]
17 "Home Sweet Home"[17] Danny Cannon Gavin Harris September 8, 2010 (2010-09-08)[17] 2.27[18]
18 "Shell Game"[19] Eagle Egilsson Rick Eid September 8, 2010 (2010-09-08)[19] 1.97[18]
19 "Dead Flowers"[20] Jeffrey Hunt Rick Eid & Sam Humphrey September 15, 2010 (2010-09-15)[20] 1.95[21]
20 "Personal Effects"[22] Danny Cannon Doug Jung September 15, 2010 (2010-09-15)[22] 1.82[21]

DVD releases[edit]

On July 6, 2011, Warner Bros. released Dark Blue: The Complete First Season on DVD in region 1 via their Warner Archive Collection. This is a Manufacture-on-Demand (MOD) release, available exclusively through Warner's online store and only in the US.[23] The second and final season was released on May 8, 2012, once again an MOD release available via Warner Archive.[24]

Music[edit]

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

Reception[edit]

Since the premiere, the series has gained mixed reviews.[25] 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...";[26] 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."[27] 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."[28] 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."[29]

International broadcasting[edit]

Country Broadcaster Season Premiere
 Australia GO! 1 August 25, 2010 (2010-08-25)
 Bulgaria PRO.BG 1
 Brazil Space 1
 Canada Citytv 1
 Czech Republic TV Fanda 1
 Denmark Kanal 5 1
 Finland Sub 1 April 7, 2011 (2011-04-07)
 Germany Kabel 1 1 February 6, 2010 (2010-02-06)
 Greece Nova Cinema 1,2
 Ireland RTÉ Two 1 March 15, 2010 (2010-03-15)
 Malaysia RTM TV2 1 January 5, 2011 (2011-01-05)
 Netherlands Veronica 1 January 2012 (2012-01)
 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)
 Serbia TV Avala 1,2 March 20, 2011 (2011-03-20)
 Slovakia TV Dajto 1 November 10, 2012 (2012-11-10)
 Turkey CNBC-e 1
 United States TNT 1 July 15, 2009 (2009-07-15)
2 August 4, 2010 (2010-08-04)
 United Kingdom 5USA 2 April 27, 2011 (2011-04-27)

References[edit]

  1. ^ Official website at TNT
  2. ^ a b About Dark Blue on TNT's website
  3. ^ Mitovich, Matt (2009-07-17). "Ratings for Dark Blue, Leverage, Big Brother and More". TV Guide Online. Retrieved 2009-09-11. 
  4. ^ Seidman, Robert (2009-09-17). "Without new Leverage as a lead-in, Dark Blue finale hits series low in viewers". TV by the Numbers. Retrieved 2009-09-30. 
  5. ^ "TNT Cancels "Dark Blue"". 
  6. ^ a b "Dark Blue: Episode Info – Urban Garden". MSN TV. Retrieved July 5, 2010. 
  7. ^ a b "Wednesday Cable: Tosh.0 Strong, Dark Blue Returns Modestly; Top Chef, Psych, Hot in Cleveland & More". TVbytheNumbers.com. 2010-08-05. Retrieved 2010-08-05. 
  8. ^ a b "Dark Blue: Episode Info – Liar's Poker". MSN TV. Retrieved July 5, 2010. 
  9. ^ a b "Dark Blue: Episode Info – Shelter of the Beast". MSN TV. Retrieved July 5, 2010. 
  10. ^ "Wednesday Cable: Psych, Tosh.0, LA Ink, HBO’s Hard Knocks, Hot in Cleveland & More". TVbytheNumbers.com. 2010-08-12. Retrieved 2010-08-12. 
  11. ^ a b "Dark Blue: Episode Info – High Rollers". MSN TV. Retrieved July 5, 2010. 
  12. ^ "Wednesday Cable: Psych, Hot in Cleveland, Dark Blue, Tosh.0 Rise + Much More". TVbytheNumbers.com. 2010-08-19. Retrieved 2010-08-19. 
  13. ^ a b "Dark Blue: Episode Info – Brother's Keeper". MSN TV. Retrieved July 5, 2010. 
  14. ^ "Wednesday Cable: Psych Drops; Tosh.0 Down a Touch, But Still Ruled Cable + Much More". TVbytheNumbers.com. 2010-08-26. Retrieved 2010-08-29. 
  15. ^ a b "Dark Blue: Episode Info – Jane Wayne". MSN TV. Retrieved July 5, 2010. 
  16. ^ "Wednesday Cable: Dark Blue Down, Ghost Hunters Up; Psych, Top Chef Steady + More". TVbytheNumbers.com. 2010-09-02. Retrieved 2010-09-03. 
  17. ^ a b "Dark Blue: Episode Info – Home Sweet Home". MSN TV. Retrieved August 8, 2010. 
  18. ^ a b "Wednesday Cable: Top Chef, Tosh.0 Lead, Psych Down + More". TVbytheNumbers.com. 2010-09-09. Retrieved 2010-09-11. 
  19. ^ a b "Dark Blue: Episode Info – Shell Game". MSN TV. Retrieved August 8, 2010. 
  20. ^ a b "Dark Blue: Episode Info – Dead Flowers". MSN TV. Retrieved August 8, 2010. 
  21. ^ a b "Wednesday Cable: Top Chef & Dark Blue Finales; Terriers Falls; Tosh.0, Ghost Hunters, Meet The Browns & More". TVbytheNumbers.com. 2010-09-16. Retrieved 2010-09-18. 
  22. ^ a b "Dark Blue: Episode Info – Personal Effects". MSN TV. Retrieved August 8, 2010. 
  23. ^ http://www.wbshop.com/product/code/1000180032.do
  24. ^ http://www.wbshop.com/product/code/1000298029.do
  25. ^ http://www.metacritic.com/tv/shows/darkblue
  26. ^ Gay, Verne (2009-07-13). "'Dark Blue' with Dylan McDermott". Newsday. Retrieved 2009-11-30. 
  27. ^ Storm, Jonathan (2009-07-15). "New cop show is low-frills fun". Philadelphia Inquirer. Retrieved 2009-11-30. 
  28. ^ McNamara, Mary (2009-07-15). "'Dark Blue'". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 2009-11-30. 
  29. ^ Gilbert, Matthew (2009-07-15). "Logic is a fugitive in 'Dark Blue' debut". The Boston Globe. Retrieved 2009-11-30. 

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