BBC America's 1st Original Series: COPPER

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  1. Shifty Chief of Surgery

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    PREMIERES SUNDAY, AUGUST 19, 10/9C ON BBC AMERICA
    Premieres Sunday, August 26th on Showcase (Canada)
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    It’s hard to walk a straight line in a crooked town.


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    From Academy Award®-winner Barry Levinson and Emmy® Award-winner Tom Fontana, “Copper” is a gripping crime drama series set in 1860s New York City. Kevin Corcoran (Tom Weston-Jones, “MI-5″), an Irish-American former boxer turned cop, returns from the Civil War to find his wife missing and his daughter dead. As he patrols the streets of New York’s notorious Five Points neighborhood, he seeks the truth about what happened to his family with the help of two wartime friends: the wayward son of a wealthy industrialist, and a talented African-American doctor. The three men share a secret from their experience in battle that links their lives forever.


    Producers
    The series is created by Tom Fontana (“Oz,” “Homicide: Life on the Streets,” “St. Elsewhere”) and Will Rokos (“Monster’s Ball,” “Southland”). Among the executive producers are Barry Levinson (“Good Morning Vietnam,” “Rain Man,” “You Don’t Know Jack”), Cineflix Media Co-CEO Glen Salzman and Cineflix Studios President Christina Wayne (“Broken Trail” and executive in charge of “Mad Men”), Fontana and Rokos.

    Cast
    The cast includes Tom Weston-Jones (“MI-5″), Franka Potente (“The Bourne Supremacy,” “Run Lola Run”), Kyle Schmid (“Blood Ties,” “The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants”), Anastasia Griffith (“Royal Pains,” “Damages”), Ato Essandoh (“Damages”), Kevin Ryan (“Tripping Tommy”), Tanya Fischer (“The Defenders,” “Life on Mars”), Dylan Taylor (“Covert Affairs”), Ron White (“The Line”), Kiara Glasco (“Angel Duty”), Tessa Thompson (“Heroes”) and David W. Keeley (“Rookie Blue”).

    Plot
    Most of “Copper’s” action will take place in the teeming Irish immigrant neighborhood of Five Points, but the series will also frequent the Upper East Side/Fifth Avenue mansions of the aristocracy and the emerging neighborhood of Harlem founded by New York’s burgeoning African-American population. True to any great cop show, “Copper” will feature well-crafted, close-ended police investigation mysteries with twists, turns and surprises. Set in the 1860s, plot lines relating to the Civil War permeate the series while it also exploring themes of power, politics and race in a country and community wrestling with rapid social change.

    Kevin Corcoran played by Tom Weston-Jones (“MI-5,” aka “Spooks”) is a rugged and confident Irish cop who patrols the streets of Five Points and tries to follow his moral compass despite the blunt realities facing his turbulent community. Each week, we join him on his emotional and relentless quest to learn the truth behind the disappearance of his wife and the death of his daughter. Sharing a unique friendship with two men from two different walks of life who fought with him in the Civil War, Corcoran must navigate the contrasting worlds of Fifth Avenue and Harlem. Corcoran’s compatriot and friend Morehouse, played by Canadian Kyle Schmid (“Blood Ties,” “The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants”), is the son of a wealthy New York industrialist residing on Fifth Avenue; Freeman, another veteran, is an African American physician/forensics expert who lives in Harlem and is not afraid to question white authority. We soon learn that the three men share a secret from their experience on the battlefield that will link their lives forever.

    Rounding out the cast are leading ladies Anastasia Griffith (“Royal Pains,” “Damages”), as the sophisticated and spirited Elizabeth Haverford and Franka Potente (“The Bourne Supremacy,” “Run Lola Run”) who plays Eva Heissan, a shrewd businesswoman and the Madam of Eva’s Paradise. Additionally Steve Cosens (“Durham County”) has signed on as Director of Photography, John Blackie (“Hell on Wheels”) is Production Designer and Delphine White (“Breakout Kings”) is Costume Designer.

    BBC America general manager, Perry Simon reveals more about the anticipated series, “In the spirit of great BBC drama it’s brimming with fascinating and complex characters, giving us the opportunity to cast the best actors from both sides of the Atlantic.’

    “We’re thrilled to have Tom Weston-Jones, Kyle Schmid, and Anastasia Griffith—all stars in the making—join the cast of ‘Cooper,’” said Christina Wayne, President of Cineflix Studios. “Franka Potente brings her undeniable talent and feature experience to the mix.”

     
  2. Shifty Chief of Surgery

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    The show is going up against Breaking Bad, The Newsroom, Political Animals, Masterpiece! and then later Boardwalk Empire and Homeland which is a bit of a gamble. It does make the statement that the quality of show belongs on Sunday nights. The first season will consist of ten episodes.

    One of the producers, Christina Wayne, was the AMC executive that helped develop Broken Trail and Mad Men. While she saw something great in the pilot script, she didn't think Jon Hamm was attractive or right for the role of Don Draper. Still her role in getting Mad Men on the air plus Tom Fontana, Will Rokos and Barry Levinson involved has me interested!

    History of Five Points
     
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  3. Hunter Rider Ronin

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    Not sure about the lead but I might watch an ep or two.
     
  4. Shifty Chief of Surgery

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  5. Pink Ranger The North Remembers

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    You can't get a better pedigree for a cop show than Levinson and Fontana. I will be a week behind the rest of you guys, but otherwise count me in as a regular viewer.
     
  6. DarthSkywalker May the Force Be With You (P) (he/him)

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    Saw this last night. I wasn't quite sure what to expect, but I liked it a lot. Part procedural, part costume drama, part western. It is somewhat basic, but it definitely has its charm and the cast is quite enjoyable. It can see them growing into their roles enough that the weekly case won't matter, as the characters will be enjoyable enough to follow all on their own.

    Was a bit surprised about how much they got away with in terms of the violence and the sex and in that sense it felt like a proper BBC production.
     
  7. charl_huntress Registered

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    I've been watching this OnDemand and it's pretty good. It's like the eastern version of "Hell on Wheels". Last night's episode was very good. I'm surprised at Eva. I wonder if she had something to do with the disappareance of Corky's wife.
     
  8. marcvader Lurker #1

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    Been catching this on OnDemand and I found that this show is surprisingly good.
     
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    I actually met Ato Assandoh, who plays the doctor character along with one of the top writers Kyle Bradstreet. Some of us film majors met up with them at a bar this past November and talked about the show, their past lives and working with Tom.

    And Tom Fontana is a great guy. Very nice and charitable who donates to our college since he is an alumni. Plus, we visited him at his house in NYC. The man loves his history, as he has his own private library to do his research.
     

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