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James McDaniel, who's been acting more than 32 years, calls his role on ABC's Detroit 1-8-7 some of the most deeply emotional work he's ever done.

The NYPD Blue alum stars on the gritty cop drama as Sgt. Longford, who's planning to retire — although, in recent episodes, he's been reconsidering his decision.

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"That's his major arc — what's he going to do with the rest of his life? Is he going to retire in Tuscany?" McDaniel says.

In the interview below, he shares a sneak peek into the remaining episodes, including the introduction of the son of Louis Fitch (Michael Imperioli).

Detroit 1-8-7 airs Tuesdays at 10/9c on ABC.