"Detroit 1-8-7" stars James McDaniel — an outspoken advocate of Detroit — and Natalie Martinez were not available for comment. However, actress Erin Cummings, who portrayed medical examiner Dr. Abby Ward, spoke during a telephone interview from Los Angeles last week.
Cummings, who recently moved out of her Royal Oak residence, was not surprised to hear "Detroit 1-8-7" was cancelled.
"Look at it from the perspective of the network: If you have a show that’s on the bubble anyway, there's already a show that may not gain in viewership and then you're looking at the possibility of the budget doubling for next season, that's a no-brainer. From a financial standpoint, I would've cancelled the show, too," she explained.
Cummings believed that it perhaps could have been saved if the someone in the state government would've spoken out and made a case for the show, as well as proposed an exception that it be filmed with the 40-42 percent tax rebate that is currently being debated, and perhaps cut, by the Snyder Administration, maybe "Detroit 1-8-7" would’ve been back for a second season of at least 13 episodes.