September 10, 2010 at 04:00 AM EDT

ABC thought its new police drama had a compelling hook in the form of a homicide-cops-being-followed-by- a-documentary-film-crew conceit, à la The Office. Producers dropped the device, however, after a girl was killed during the filming of an A&E reality show about Detroit homicide cops. (Parts of the pilot were reedited and reshot.) The drama stars Michael Imperioli (The Sopranos, Life on Mars) as a master interrogator with a mysterious past, and James McDaniel (NYPD Blue) as a detective grappling with impending retirement. Exec producer Jason Richman says stories will deal with the Motor City’s recovery from economic devastation: ”Detroit is trying to reinvent itself, so we’re catching it at an amazing time.” And Imperioli thinks eliminating the documentary format is for the best. ”In hindsight,” he says, ”season 2, I think my character would have run out of ways of saying ‘Get that camera out of my face!’ ” SEPT. 21

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