'Low Winter Sun:' Viewing Party, Drinking Game, Decode The Name

August 07, 2013, 8:36 AM by  Alan Stamm

We're more than casually pumped about a certain new homicide show with familiar locations, as regular readers may detect.

In that spirit of no shame in our fandom, here are quick hits on "Low Winter Sun."

Pull Up a Barstool

A hometown show calls for a party, and there's an apt setting for one downtown.

The Baltimore, a dive bar at Randolph and Monroe, serves as an on-screen bar owned by one of the characters. In real life, it hosts a pre-show bash and 10 p.m. Sunday viewing party, Nick Andersen reports at Eater Detroit. Doors open at 6 p.m. and Detroit blues guitarist Jeff Maylin starts playing at 8 p.m.   

For added interest during the premiere, try our . . .

Deadline Detroit Drinking Game

  1. See a spot you know – half-shot or small swig (there are a lot).
  2. See a building you've been inside – toss one back.
  3. Hear dialog that applies to Detroit, not just the plot – chug.
  4. Local team reference or logo – drink, unless it's the Lions.
  5. Packard Plant or urban prairie on screen – not even a sip! (It'd endanger your liver.)  

"You can't find your way forward" when there's a low winter sun, executive producer Chris Mundy explains.

What's With the Name?

As befits a crime series that follows "Breaking Bad," AMC's new production is a complex narrative with layers of meaning. Take the title, for instance.

What it means depends on who's asked, as Variety reporter Michelle Salemi learned at a Sunset Boulevard preview recently in LA.

"There is a certain time of year in the northern hemisphere in winter where the sun is so low that it is blinding and you can't find your way forward,” explains exec producer Chris Mundy, presumably an authoritative source.

Lead actor Mark Strong isn't so sure, however. "It doesn't mean anything in particular, but it conjures up the image of some blinding, brutal light and it's dangerous.”

His co-star, Lennie James, sees another metaphor: "It's like there’s a sheen in front of your windshield while you're driving or wearing glasses and you have to shift your position to learn what's really going on."

Actually, it may be way too soon to speculate.  "Any good title really reveals itself very slowly and over time," says David Costabile, another cast member. "So when you think it's one thing after a certain amount of time of the story, it changes. The revelation of that meaning will reveal itself in a much more complicated way than I understand it now."

Stay tuned, as they say on TV.

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