Biz X Magazine October 2010 : Page 59

“DETROiT 1-8-7” ExECuTiVE pRODuCER kEVin hOOkS “OFF ThE hOOk” wiTh Last issue Biz X brought readers part one of a lengthy interview with the on-location Executive Producer of “Detroit 1-8-7” Kevin Hooks. Hooks discussed the pilot and the development of the show ahead of its premiere in September – this issue we have part two of that interview focusing on the cast and content of the show… On why audiences shouldn’t think “Detroit 1-8-7” is “Law & Order”: Detroit… KH: “Law & Order” uses headlines and their focus was more about the case itself and we really didn’t get to know those characters personally at all. Certainly no one can question Dick Wolf ’s philosophy on that after 20 years on the air, but I think his philosophy was to make it more about the cases and headlines. We’re going to be less about that and more about our detectives, their lives and the relationships they have. On what the producers and writers are trying to accomplish with the f irst batch of episodes… KH: It’s trying to mould what the show eventually will become and to try to define the things that are going to make it unique…whether it’s the performances, the shooting style or the locale. All of those things are still developing in the first seven or eight episodes of the series. Erin Cummings (right) as Dr. Abbey Ward stands over a homicide victim’s body with Det. Ariana Sanchez (Natalie Martinez; left). The scene is from “Detroit 1-8-7’s” second episode titled “Local Hero/Overboard”, the first shot entirely in Detroit. Photo by Mark H. Preston, ABC. the idea of it was a lot more frightening than the actual experience.” She says the whole thing was incredibly valuable because it allowed her to get in the psyche of a real life medical examiner. She got to see how they did their job, their coping mechanisms and how it affected them personally. Although she hadn’t performed an autopsy yet on the show at the time of the interview, she says filming the fifth episode was the first time she used that experience to help her approach acting during a scene on the show. “We had a scene yesterday where someone had something very terrible happen to them and the prosthetics that they used on this particular victim were very difficult to look at,” Cummings explains. “Having actually witnessed an autopsy and seeing the real thing, it made my reaction to seeing this murder victim a little more realistic to what a medical examiner would feel than what I Erin Cummings would feel.” Again just like the detectives on the show, STORY CONTINUES ON NEXT PAGE B I Z X M A G A Z I N E • O C T O B E R 2 0 1 0 5 9 On lead actor Michael Imperioli… KH:Michael’s great. First of all he’s a consummate professional and true gentlemen, he’s the type of quiet leader that this show benefits from immensely. He’s such a giving actor to all of us, his cast members and crew. To have him as the spokesperson of the cast is great. On the diversity of the cast… KH: That’s one of the beautiful things about it, it’s diverse and fresh and I think that’s one of the things that brings audiences in. They want to feel that they are watching something that Kevin Hooks, at the red carpet premiere, introduced the pilot in early September to a packed ballroom at the MGM Grand Detroit. Photo by Michael Niziolek reflects the world they live in. I really encourage people to tune in and see what they have to offer. I think it’s really special. X

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