B.J. Hammerstein
Gannett Newspapers

ABC’s new fall drama “Detroit 187” is not just using the city’s name. The entire series is going to be filmed there, producers say.

The show’s creators and its writing team wrapped up a visit and clarified that the character-driven crime series, based around the lives of a Detroit homicide unit, will be fully produced here, the first-ever network series to be shot completely in Detroit.

The show’s pilot was filmed in Atlanta.

“We want people to fall in love with this show and its characters and come back and visit Detroit every week,” executive producer and creator Jason Richman says. “It doesn’t serve us as storytellers to slam a place.”

Executive producer and show runner David Zabel (“ER”) says a studio and stage sets for “Detroit 187” are being constructed in Highland Park, Mich., before filming commences in mid-July.

A symbiotic relationship between the show and the community is a must, Zabel says, adding that ABC allocated a budget that will inject more than $25 million into the local economy through production costs for its first 12 episodes. The network plans to hire 190 full-time employees in the Detroit area, not including countless extras.

“Hopefully, this goes and goes for a bunch of year and years,” Zabel says. “This is a crime show but we will explore various nooks and crannies in the communities. And within that context, there’s a lot of opportunity to see what’s positive in the city and see what’s heroic about the people fighting for what’s best for the city of Detroit.”


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