BBC AMERICA’S COPPER CLOSES OUT THE SEASON WITH A BANG –
SUNDAY, OCTOBER 21, 10:00PM ET/PT
With NYC’s future hanging in the balance, friendships will end and traitors will be revealed
BBC AMERICA’s first original scripted series, COPPER, which delivered the channel’s highest rated series premiere ever, is building to an explosive finale that will change lives and New York City forever. With Confederate terrorists threatening to destroy the city as they know it, unexpected traitors will be revealed and once air-tight bonds will be broken beyond repair. The gripping drama – filled with intrigue, corruption, mystery and murder – will close its record-breaking season with Detective Kevin Corcoran (Tom Weston-Jones) giving everything he has to protect his town from the terrorist attack he knows is coming. From award-winning executive producers Tom Fontana, Barry Levinson and Will Rokos, the season-finale of COPPER bows Sunday, October 21, 10:00pm ET/PT.
The series began with Corcoran’s search for answers after returning from the Civil War to find his daughter murdered and wife missing. Assisted by partner and friend, Detective Francis Maguire (Kevin Ryan) and Detective Andrew O’Brien (Dylan Taylor), Corcoran seeks justice for the powerless as a way of dealing with the injustice of his own loss. His friendship with two Civil War compatriots – Robert Morehouse (Kyle Schmid), the wayward son of a wealthy industrialist and African-American Doctor Matthew Freeman (Ato Essandoh), who secretly assists Corcoran with his work – takes him to the contrasting worlds of elegant Fifth Avenue and Northern Manhattan.
In the season finale, Corcoran teams up with Robert Morehouse and the coppers of the Sixth Precinct to thwart a brazen terrorist attack on New York City by Confederate soldier’s intent on watching the city burn. With his personal life in shambles, his closest friendship in pieces and the truth finally uncovered about his daughter’s death, Corcoran must set aside his inner turmoil to save the city he vehemently protects. Meanwhile, betrayal runs deep as Morehouse learns just how entangled his father has become with his new business associates. Madam Eva Heissen (Franka Potente) and Aristocrat Elizabeth Haverford (Anastasia Griffith) find themselves in unexpected positions, while in Carmansville, Doctor Matthew Freeman makes a dangerous decision in defending his wife.
Created and executive produced by Emmy®-winner Tom Fontana (Homicide: Life on the Street, Oz, Borgia), Academy Award®-nominee Will Rokos (Monster’s Ball, Southland) and executive produced by Academy Award®-winner Barry Levinson (Good Morning Vietnam, Rain Man, You Don’t Know Jack) and Cineflix Studios President, Christina Wayne (Broken Trail and executive in charge of Mad Men), COPPER is BBC AMERICA’s first original scripted drama. The show brought the network’s highest ratings for a series premiere with 1.8 million viewers tuning in.
In addition to COPPER, BBC AMERICA is also the home of groundbreaking dramas: Golden Globe® and Emmy® nominated mini-series The Hour, Luther, starring Golden Globe®-winner Idris Elba, and the new upcoming co-productions Spies of Warsaw and Ripper Street.
EPISODE 10 – A VAST AND FIENDISH PLOT – SUNDAY, OCTOBER 21, 10:00PM ET/PT
November 25, 1864. Corcoran is racing the clock to keep his life and New York City intact. Joining forces with Robert Morehouse, Eva Heissen and the coppers of the Sixth Precinct, Corcoran prepares for his biggest fight since the Draft Riots. Doctor Matthew Freeman is forced to make a difficult decision when wife Sara takes her well-being into her own hands, placing their family at risk. Morehouse discovers the true nature of his father’s involvement with his new business associates. With little time and no options, he calls upon the one person he trusts implicitly – Corcoran. The worlds of Corcoran and Morehouse collide with explosive fallout that could change the face of New York City – and the trajectory of the Civil War – forever. Story by: Will Rokos and Tom Fontana. Directed by: Ken Girotti. COPPER is a Cineflix (Copper) Inc. production in association with BBC AMERICA.
BBC AMERICA RENEWS COPPER AHEAD OF SUNDAY’S SEASON ONE FINALE
BBC AMERICA’s first original scripted series and the channel’s highest-rated drama
ever re-commissioned from Cineflix Studios
BBC AMERICA has renewed its first original scripted series, COPPER, for a second season, ahead of the season one finale this Sunday, October 21 at 10:00pm ET. The channel has re-commissioned the drama with an increased order of 13 episodes from Cineflix Studios.
In making the announcement, Perry Simon, General Manager, Channels, BBC Worldwide America said: “BBC AMERICA’s first original scripted series, COPPER, has proven to be a perfect fit for the channel. Our viewers have made it our highest-rated series premiere ever and highest-rated drama series ever. Production led by Tom Fontana, Will Rokos, Barry Levinson and Christina Wayne, along with the cast from both sides of the pond, truly captured the boiling pot that was New York City in 1864. We can’t wait to get started on the second season.”
From executive producers Academy Award®-winner Barry Levinson, Emmy®-winner Tom Fontana, Academy Award®-nominee Will Rokos and Cineflix Studios President, Christina Wayne, COPPER follows Detective Kevin Corcoran (Tom Weston-Jones), a rugged Irish immigrant cop, as he seeks justice for the powerless in 1864 New York City. The series has been building to this Sunday’s explosive finale that will change lives and the city forever. With Confederate terrorists threatening to destroy the city as they know it, unexpected traitors will be revealed and once air-tight bonds will be broken beyond repair.
The series has received a warm reception from critics including “four stars” from the New York Daily News. The Los Angeles Times called it an “impressive piece of work” – San Francisco Chronicle said “COPPER is gold” – and Entertainment Weekly commented the “premiere hums with menace.” The fresh young cast has also received recognition including TV Guide Magazine proclaiming: “Cheers to Tom Weston-Jones for his star-making turn in BBC AMERICA’s COPPER.”
Since its premiere in August, COPPER continues to be BBC AMERICA’s highest-rated drama ever, delivering over a million total viewers each week. On Sunday, August 19 at 10:00pm ET, the series premiere delivered 1.805million total viewers and a cumulative 2.754 million total viewers in Live+7 Day.
“COPPER is an ambitious series and its success is truly a testament to Tom Fontana, Barry Levinson and the creative voices that worked on the production,” said Christina Wayne, Cineflix Studios President. “We’re absolutely delighted to partner again with BBC AMERICA, Tom and Barry. We look forward to working together to make the second season even more compelling.”
COPPER is a Cineflix (Copper) Inc. production in association with BBC AMERICA. COPPER is created by Tom Fontana and Will Rokos. Season one executive producers include Levinson, Fontana, Rokos, Wayne, Jim Finnerty, Sherri Rufh, Sam Berliner, Sally Catto and Katherine Buck. The production was shot in-studio and on location in Toronto, Canada.
In addition to COPPER returning in 2013, BBC AMERICA’s second original scripted series Orphan Black, starring Tatiana Maslany, goes into production this month and will premiere in Spring 2013.
BBC AMERICA delivers U.S. audiences high-quality, innovative and intelligent programming. Established in 1998, it has been the launch pad for talent embraced by American mainstream pop culture, including Ricky Gervais, Gordon Ramsay, Graham Norton, and successful programming formats including ground-breaking non-scripted television like Top Gear and top-rated science-fiction like Doctor Who. Owned by BBC Worldwide, the commercial arm of the BBC, BBC AMERICA has attracted both critical acclaim and major awards including an Emmy®, five Golden Globes® and ten Peabody Awards. The channel attracts one of cable’s most affluent and educated audiences and is available on digital cable and satellite TV in more than 79 million homes. It broadcasts in both standard and high-definition, with content available On Demand across all major digital platforms. Online, www.bbcamerica.com is the place to go to dig deeper into pop culture with a British twist. Find out more by visiting www.press.bbcamerica.com or follow us on www.twitter.com/bbcamerica.
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