There has been talk about doing a crime TV show that takes place in Detroit for a number of years, the sad thing is that most ideas never made it past the pilot. Detroit 1-8-7’s pilot was shot in Atlanta in a mockumentary style (think The Office meets any crime drama). Everything must have lined up right in TV land, because D187 survived the chopping block.
Detroit 1-8-7 has something more to give than other dramas. The first to speak of is that the show is actually being filmed in Detroit, rather than Atlanta. So that means that rather than referencing specific landmarks, everything can be shot on location. Second is the amazing cast teeming with experienced actors and actresses:
D.J. Cotrona (Dear John, Skin)
Erin Cummings (Nip/Tuck, Spartacus: Blood and Sand, Mad Men)
Jon Michael Hill (“The Tempest”)
Aisha Hinds (True Blood, Dollhouse, HawthoRNe)
Michael Imperioli (The Sopranos, Law & Order, Life on Mars, The Lovely Bones)
Shaun Majurnder (Harold & Kumar Go to White Castle, 24, This Hour Has 22 Minutes)
Natalie Martinez (Death Race, Sons of Tucson)
James McDaniel (NYPD Blue, Malcolm X, All My Children)
(Rumored Recurring Role: Rochelle Aytes (The Forgotten, White Chicks, Madea’s Family Reunion))
The third great thing about this show is that it brings attention to Detroit! So there we have it, Detroit has its own featured crime drama and can be up in the ranks of cities like New York City, Las Vegas, Las Angeles, and Miami.
Now all of these good things cannot go without controversy. Its old news that Detroit’s city council has put up plenty of protest about the possible derogatory connotations that the show’s theme could have on the city. 1-8-7 is the former California police code for homicide; the fear is that people will only associate Detroit with murder. Because of this controversy, ABC has decided to drop the “mock” documentary act in favor of something more “factual,” citing that “a real-life Detroit shooting promoted the city to ban documentary film crews from following around police units.” USA Today referenced a shooting in May when “a sleeping 7-year-old girl was killed by an officer’s bullet during a police raid on her home. That raid was captured by a camera crew filming for the A & E crime reality show, The First 48.” Detroit’s documentary ban may also have been enforce, due to Former Police Chief Warren Evans trying to push for his own police reality show – The Chief. (USA Today)
Detroit 1-8-7 is going to debut Tuesday, September 21 at 10pm.
All images from http://abc.go.com/shows/detroit-1-8-7