Dark Blue (TV series)

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Dark Blue
Dark Blue title screen.jpg
Genre Drama
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)
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
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.


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]


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]



Season Episodes Season Premiere Season Finale Ratings DVD Release Date
Season One 10 July 15, 2009 September 16, 2009 2.6 million June 6, 2010
Season Two 10 August 4, 2010 September 15, 2010 2.3 million May 8, 2012

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.[6] The second and final season was released on May 8, 2012, once again an MOD release available via Warner Archive.[7]


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


Since the premiere, the series has gained mixed reviews.[8] 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...";[9] 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."[10] 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."[11] 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."[12]

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)


  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. ^ http://www.wbshop.com/product/code/1000180032.do
  7. ^ http://www.wbshop.com/product/code/1000298029.do
  8. ^ http://www.metacritic.com/tv/shows/darkblue
  9. ^ Gay, Verne (2009-07-13). "'Dark Blue' with Dylan McDermott". Newsday. Retrieved 2009-11-30. 
  10. ^ Storm, Jonathan (2009-07-15). "New cop show is low-frills fun". Philadelphia Inquirer. Retrieved 2009-11-30. 
  11. ^ McNamara, Mary (2009-07-15). "'Dark Blue'". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 2009-11-30. 
  12. ^ Gilbert, Matthew (2009-07-15). "Logic is a fugitive in 'Dark Blue' debut". The Boston Globe. Retrieved 2009-11-30. 

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