I’ve never seen the show, but I’m curious as to what’ll happen with the ABC cop drama Detroit 187 when our newly elected Governor makes good on his campaign promise to end Michigan’s generous tax incentives for the film industry. Will they cancel the show? Or, will they just go to the state with the next highest reimbursement rate, which, if I’m reading the chart correctly, is Oklahoma… Which, I think, might be a pretty good premise for a show… I’d watch a show about a band of mercenary homicide detectives that change their base of operations each season based upon their desire to capitalize on the misery of states like ours that have to bribe production companies with huge financial incentives.
On the subject of tax incentives and other ploys to draw businesses from elsewhere, I’m generally against them. I’d much rather invest our dollars on local people with demonstrated ability to create jobs. With that said, though, I saw firsthand what the film industry did in Baltimore, and I think it could be an incredible thing for Detroit, if we were able to hold on long enough to build some kind of permanent infrastructure here. And, as dopey as it sounds, it was kind of good for morale to have Drew Barrymore walking around Ypsi, even if it was just for a week or two.
[note: If you’re interested, we had a good discussion about tax incentives and the like way back when, in a thread about Michael Shuman.]