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Fall TV 2010: My Review of ABC’s Detroit 1-8-7

With the new fall season starting, new TV is bring us the good, the bad, and the mediocre, but how do you sort out the good and the bad? Here is what to watch this fall, so you can see the best new friendships, new loves, new action, and new heart. Now, the former home of NYPD Blue is taking the same concept and moving it to our hardest hit city, will it translate…What ABC Says:

What does it take to be a detective in one of America’s toughest cities? Follow one homicide unit as Detroit’s finest unearth the crisis and revelation, heartbreak and heroism of these inner city cops in this series shot entirely in Detroit, Michigan. There’s the damaged but driven Detective Louis Fitch, a wily homicide vet who is the most respected — and most misunderstood — man in the division; Detective Damon Washington, Fitch’s new partner, who finds the first day on the job is a trial by fire, complicated by the imminent birth of his first child; Detective Ariana Sanchez, sexy, edgy and beautiful, who has emerged from a rough background to become a rising star in the department; narcotics undercover cop John Stone, a streetwise smooth talker, clever and quick with a smile made for the movies, who is teamed with Sanchez — a combustible pairing rife with conflict and sexual tension; Sergeant Jesse Longford, a 30-year veteran and sage of the department struggling with his impending retirement from the force and the city he loves, who, together with his partner, Detective Vikram Mahajan — a fully Americanized son of Indian immigrants — form an amusing mismatch of experience and enthusiasm, intellect and instinct, old school and new world, but whose combined skills have never encountered a case that couldn’t be cleared; and all are headed by Lieutenant Maureen Mason, a strong-willed single mom struggling to balance home and work. The unit works with the primary medical examiner, Dr. Abbey Ward, who has an unusual hobby in her off-hours – roller derby.

Tune In: I like grit, I love when shows get down to business, no BS, no sugar-coating, and Detroit is a good place to do that. Detroit 1-8-7 prides itself on its location and that is something to admire, it portrays the city accurate and uses local talent to do that.

Tune Out: Unfortunately, the grit is just not interesting, I am checked out the first two episodes of the series, smartly led by Michael Imperioli, with a respectable supporting cast with actors like the underrated Aisha Hinds, but it just not something I could get into. The characters don’t have a grasp you need, to make you tune into, because the show is literally and visually very dark. The pilot suffers from identity crisis as the producers made the decision to take out the documentary aspect of the series, which was hated by many, but I quite liked it better, due to the realistic aspect of what happened in the city. With that gone, it is now just a simply done procedural with nothing to grasp on to.

Watch, Record, Skip: If I had only watched the pilot, I would say, give this a record, but after seeing the second episode, this is just not something you should devote your time to, but it does have aspects that could turn into something worth putting on that precious DVR. For now, skip. Detroit 1-8-7 premieres after Dancing with the Stars at 10/9c tomorrow on ABC.