September 22nd, 2010
05:10 PM ET
Detroit sometimes gets a bad rap. So when Metro Detroiters first heard about ABC’s new crime drama, “Detroit 1-8-7” - with 1-8-7 being the police code for homicide - many people were concerned the show would cast an even darker shadow on their beloved city.
But, since the show’s Tuesday night premiere, viewers seem more at ease.
John Roach, a former spokesperson for the Detroit Police Department told the Detroit Free Press: “The ending was a grabber ... I think the show portrayed Detroit's police officers as real people, dedicated, even heroic, which is entirely deserved.”
Ed Fernandez, the vice president and general manager of ABC affiliate WXYZ TV in Detroit, agrees, but he also understands the community’s initial concerns.
“People are fiercely proud of this particular area,” Fernandez told CNN. “When you feel sometimes there’s been a lot of negative comments about that area, you take offense to that. We don’t want to be a joke around the country … People are sensitive to the issues of making sure this area is seen in the proper light.”
Fernandez said he’s sure more people will grow to love the show as it begins to feature “elements that are very beautiful and appealing - the Detroit River, shots of Windsor.” Much like HBO’s “Hung” has done, he added.
“The truth is, the creators of the show … see Detroit as a tremendous city and a great backdrop for the show,” he said. “[They] look at Detroit as a character. There are parts of it that have flaws, but there are also parts that really have character.”
All in all, Fernandez said he has high hopes for the show.
“If it can be a success, it will begin to break down the negative stereotypes that have hampered Detroit. Show a different side [of the city].”
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