ABC Drops Mockumentary Format for ‘Detroit 1-8-7’, Reshooting Scenes for First Episode

Jul 8, 2010  •  Post A Comment

ABC is reshooting scenes for its new cop show "Detroit 1-8-7" to eliminate the mockumentary format that’s used by shows ranging from "The Office" to "Modern Family," reports Joe Adalian at New York Magazine’s Vulture blog.

The network “found the characters and the storytelling to be strong enough to not require the conceit, and they also were worried about distancing the audiences," executive producer David Zabel said, according to the article.

There was also the danger that the character played by Michael Imperioli would temper his reactions to some situations if he knew he was being documented, the article note.

The show is spending four days reshooting the first episode in Detroit to remove the mockumentary scenes, the story adds.

ABC has another mockumentary-style show debuting next season, "My Generation," although the producers of "Detroit 1-8-7" said this wasn’t the reason for nixing the format on their show.

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