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Wed April 27, 2011
The fate of ABC's "Detroit 1-8-7"
There's been a lot of speculation over whether the television program Detroit 1-8-7 will stick around.
Melissa Burden wrote about the speculation in today's Detroit News:
A local actors union said it has confirmed with producers of "Detroit 1-8-7" that the show is leaving the Motor City for good, even if it's picked up for a second season.
An administrator for the American Federation of Television and Radio Artists Detroit chapter posted Tuesday on the group's Facebook page that the cop drama is leaving Michigan.
Now, this news from the Associated Press:
A "Detroit 1-8-7" executive producer says he and colleagues are to meet with ABC executives this week to make the case for renewing the drama for a second season.
David Zabel told The Associated Press by email Wednesday the meeting is planned for Thursday in Burbank, Calif. He says producers will discuss ideas for a new season, and network officials will use that information in deciding whether to renew it.
Zabel doesn't expect the show's fate to be decided until May, when networks present fall schedules to prospective advertisers.
He says all producers can do is "put our best foot forward and hope the chips fall in our favor."
An ABC spokeswoman declined comment.
The meeting comes amid questions about the future of the show that's set and filmed in Detroit.
The Detroit News reports that Detroit 1-8-7 got $19.6 million back in tax credits after spending $47.3 million on its first season. And they have a pending application in front of the Michigan Film Office for $22.4 million.
The Michigan film credit is one of the most generous in the country. It has been good for Hollywood producers and there's debate over whether the credit has been good for the state.
But the credit is likely to change. Governor Snyder wants to cap film incentives $25 million. According to the LA Times:
The new governor of Michigan is telling Hollywood to get off his lawn...like the Clint Eastwood character in 'Gran Torino,' a movie set in the Detroit area.