“We certainly would fight for it, creatively,” Zabel said. “The show would lose so much of what it is if it were not shot in Detroit.”
McDaniel, an early advocate for filming in Detroit, said he can’t imagine the show being filmed elsewhere.
“This show not in Detroit? I don’t know what that other show is,” he said.
Still, that’s a case they will have the luxury of making only if the show can survive.
McDaniel said “Detroit 1-8-7” deserves a second chance because each episode has revealed more about each character, and the show possesses “the best writing I’ve seen on national network television.”
On the last day of shooting, McDaniel said he called his colleagues into the “squad room” to share his praise for them and the show, all unsure if it was the end of the season or series.
“I just (talked) to them about out how good we were this year _ how this experiment actually worked,” he said. “I wanted to remind them the fact that I was good and Michael was good and all this _ it wasn’t just us. It was a crew that gave us complete, loving license to be brave and to have fun without judgment, and all with a hell of a lot of hard work.”
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