ABC’s added a new cop-drama to their Fall 2010 lineup. Set to star in Detroit 1-8-7 is Michael Imperioli and Jon Michael Hill and James McDaniel.
We’ve seen Michael Imperioli as the gangster-type in The Sopranos (“Christa-fa!”) and as a cop in Life on Mars (and in The Lovely Bones). It appears he’s taken a liking to detective roles as he’s set to play one again in this new drama series that follows a Homicide Unit in a Detroit police department.
Below is ABC’s series description for Detroit 1-8-7, which is set to air on Tuesday nights, following the Dancing with the Stars results show.
Detroit 1-8-7 - What does it take to be a detective on America’s most dangerous streets? Get ready to be part of the action when a documentary crew rolls with some of Detroit’s finest, offering an insider's glimpse behind the curtain of a Homicide Unit. The cameras unearth the crisis and revelation, heartbreak and heroism of these inner city cops - moments of raw exposure when they address us directly, as well as private moments when they forget they're being filmed.
There’s the damaged, but driven, Detective Louis Fitch, a wily homicide vet who is the most respected -- and 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, 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, is teamed with Sanchez -- a combustible pairing rife with conflict and sexual tension; Sergeant Jesse Longford, a 30-year veteran struggling with his impending retirement from the force and the city he loves, and with his partner Detective Aman Mahajan -- a fully Americanized son of Indian immigrants, they are an amusing mismatch of experience and enthusiasm, intellect and instinct, old school and new world, 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 men and women of Detroit Homicide are as smart and tough as they come. They have to be, working the neighborhoods of the once and future Motor City, a rebounding bastion of middle America still saddled with the highest murder rate in the country.
Detroit 1-8-7 stars Michael Imperioli (The Sopranos) as Detective Louis Fitch, Jon Michael Hill as Detective Damon Washington, James McDaniel (NYPD Blue) as Sergeant Jesse Longford, Aisha Hinds (True Blood) as Lieutenant Maureen Mason, Natalie Martinez as Detective Ariana Sanchez, D.J. Cotrona as Detective John Stone, and Shaun Majumder as Detective Aman Mahajan.
The series is produced by ABC Studios. The pilot was written by Jason Richman and the executive producers are Richman, David Hoberman and Todd Lieberman, as well as executive producer David Zabel. Jeff Nachmanoff directed the pilot.