New show ‘Detroiters’ leaves good impression on locals

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The city of Detroit is back in the television spotlight, this time as a comedy on Comedy Central.

“Detroiters,” which premiered on Feb. 7, was created by Sam Richardson, Tim Robinson, Zach Kanin and Joe Kelly. Richardson and Robinson star as Sam Duvet and Tim Cramblin, two naïve but charmingly dumb local ad men trying to be successful in the city. The show is mainly situated in the city itself and films around known local landmarks such as the Ambassador Bridge and Campus Martius Park.

A recurring location is the Temple Bar, which is located near the Masonic Temple Theater.

“Filming the show here was pretty cool,” said Larry McCloud, an employee at the bar. “They came in at 6 a.m. and did not finish until close to midnight. They tinkered around with the bar, moving around some things like the pool table and used different lighting.”

McCloud said he hopes they come back for the second season and keep using the place.

After watching the pilot episode, Joey Soukar, manager at American Coney Island, decided he would love to get in contact with the crew. He thinks the show filming at the iconic restaurant would help spread the word about the family business

“I thought the first episode was pretty good,” said Soukar. “I love how they show the landscape of downtown, gives it a neat experience for us Detroiters.”

Though it has received positive reviews from television critics, knowledge of the show has still not caught the attention of some locals.

“I honestly had no idea there was even a show being made here,” said Kevin Jackson, a native of Detroit, who was waiting for the bus near Temple Bar. “What I hope it does for this city is show us in a more positive light. I feel like the media does not display enough progress the city has been going through.”

Ifeakandu Okoye Jr. did catch the show and was impressed by the first episode. w

“It’s pretty funny, in a dumb way,” said the native Detroiter. “The main characters crack me up because of their stupidity. Like when I say they are stupid, I mean Homer Simpson stupid.”

“Detroiters” first season currently has a score of 75 out of 100 on the accumulated reviewed website, Metacritic. The website combines their reviews on a numeral scale. For example, a movie, TV show or video game receiving a 50 percent is the equivalent of getting a C grade. The show is airing on Tuesday nights on Comedy Central at 10:30 p.m. After two episodes, the show has been renewed for a second season.

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