I saw Detroit 1-8-7 on the onscreen guide tonight and decided to check it out. I knew it was a crime show of some sort but I wasn't sure if it was real or fictional -- and having a rotten memory for names and faces, I watched a few minutes while thinking a few folk looked familiar but I had no idea who they were or why. The first thing I noticed was that the accents didn't sound quite right. The second thing I noticed was that the death notification was quite different from what I've come to think of as normal thanks to First 48. After that, I was pretty sure the show is fictional. Wikipedia confirmed it.
I'm 15 minutes in and so far I'm not impressed. On the other hand, after reading the page I think it might have potential. If they really do spend some time exploring the city and the suburbs, and they show some of the cool stuff that is going on around here.