Canadian actor-comedian Shaun Majumder, who stars in the ABC television series “Detroit 1-8-7” is pictured in an undated handout photo. — Photo by The Canadian Press
TORONTO — Canadian actor-comedian Shaun Majumder says ABC hasn’t made a decision on the fate of his police drama, “Detroit 1-8-7,” which is in limbo after its recent season 1 finale.
“They don’t know,” he said in an interview this week to promote his upcoming Canadian standup tour, which kicks off April 28 in St. John’s.
“They’re on the bubble, depending on whether shows that they’re developing — that they have coming up through the pipe — you know, do they have something that’s going to be better.”
“Detroit 1-8-7” stars Majumder, Michael Imperioli (“The Sopranos”) and Jon Michael Hill, among others, as cops in an inner-city homicide unit.
The show had strong viewership numbers when it debuted last September, but has since dropped in the ratings.
ABC is expected to announce in May whether it will renew the series. In the meantime, fans have started a Facebook campaign to convince the network to keep it around.
Majumder doesn’t think ABC will find a better show to replace it.
“I think ‘Detroit 1-8-7’ is one of the better shows, network dramas, that they have had in a while,” said the Burlington native, whose other TV credits include CBC’s “This Hour Has 22 Minutes.”
“It had heart, it had great storylines, it had great acting and it takes a while for an ensemble chemistry to develop and we developed it and we got it.
“By the end of the season we were on fire. Plus, the writers found the right voices for the characters.”
Majumder has a backup plan if ABC doesn’t renew “Detroit 1-8-7.” On Monday, he’ll shoot a pilot for another TV series called “Bad Mom.”
“So if ‘1-8-7’ goes away, I’ve got another show. If ‘1-8-7’ comes back, I’m on ‘1-8-7.’ If ‘1-8-7’ gets picked up by another network like A&E, I’m kind of tied to this show, ‘Bad Mom,”’ said the three-time Gemini Award winner.
“And I could go shoot the pilot, nothing gets picked up and I’m going to get a waitering job,” he added with a laugh.
“This Tour Has 22 Cities ... The Road To Majumder Manor” runs through May 31 stopping in: Glace Bay, N.S., Charlottetown, P.E.I., Fredericton, Moncton, N.B., Toronto, Ottawa, Halifax, Thunder Bay, Ont., Winnipeg, Brandon, Man., Saskatoon, Victoria, Nanaimo, B.C., Vancouver, Calgary and Edmonton.