ABC’s ‘Detroit 1-8-7′ to Open New York Television Festival; Michael Imperioli to Offer Q&A Session

The New York Television Festival (NYTVF) today announced the Primetime lineup for its sixth annual Festival, offering audiences a sneak peek at the networks’ most highly anticipated fall premieres on ABC, BBC America, FOX, IFC and NBC. This year’s Festival is highlighted by the red carpet premieres of ABC’s “Detroit 1-8-7” with Michael Imperioli, IFC’s “The Increasingly Poor Decisions of Todd Margaret” with David Cross, and “Running Wilde” with Will Arnett. The Primetime line up also features special screenings of NBC’s “Short Cuts” hosted by Greg Giraldo and BBC America’s US premiere of the mini-series “Luther.”

“In our fifth installment of the NYTVF Primetime Event Series, we’re thrilled to welcome these new programs and the world-class talent behind them,” said NYTVF founder Terence Gray. “NYTVF audiences are passionate about television and the opportunity to bring TV royalty like Michael Imperioli, David Cross and Will Arnett to the Festival is exciting and inspiring for artists and fans alike.”

ABC will open this year’s Festival with the red-carpet premiere of “Detroit 1-8-7.” Series star Michael Imperioli and Executive Producers David Zabel and Jason Richman will also participate in a Q&A following the screening.

“We’re excited to be opening the Festival again this year with ‘Detroit 1-8-7,’ following the great success we had last year with ‘Modern Family,’” said Michael Benson, Executive Vice President, Marketing, ABC Entertainment Group.  “It’s a terrific event and the perfect platform to launch this new series.”

ABC’s “Detroit 1-8-7,” shot entirely in Detroit, Michigan, is a gritty cop drama that follows the men and women of one of Detroit’s finest Homicide units. Starring Michael Imperioli (“The Sopranos,” “Life on Mars”), James McDaniel (“NYPD Blue”), Aisha Hinds (“True Blood”), D.J. Cotrona (“Windfall”), Jon Michael Hill (Broadway’s Superior Donuts), Shaun Majumder (“24,” Harold and Kumar Go to White Castle), Natalie Martinez (Death Race) and Erin Cummings (“Mad Men”), the series centers on the damaged but driven Detective Louis Fitch (Imperioli) and the passionate team who know that behind every crime are real people with real problems.  Experience the crisis and revelation, heartbreak and heroism that characterize these inner city cops when “Detroit 1-8-7” premieres Tuesday, September 21 at 10/9c on ABC.

David Zabel (“ER”), Jason Richman (Swing Vote), Kevin Hooks (“Prison Break”), David Hoberman (The Proposal) and Todd Lieberman (The Proposal) are executive producers. “Detroit 1-8-7” is a production of ABC Studios.

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