BBC America cancels ‘Copper’ after two seasons

<i>This post has been corrected. See note below for details.</i>

“Copper,” the American story of 19th century New York City that aired on the normally Brit-centric BBC America, has been canceled.

The series, which followed an Irish immigrant policeman on his beat in the notoriously rough Five Points neighborhood of New York City in 1865, will not return for a third season.

In a statement, Perry Simon, general manager of BBC America said, “ ‘Copper’ has been a fascinating and exciting experience for everyone involved. The opportunity to work with Tom Fontana, Barry Levinson, Will Rokos, Thomas Kelly and the extraordinary cast and crew on this journey is one that we are extremely proud of. Their vision to re-tell the immigrant experience through the melting pot of New York City was an original and fresh idea that melded well with the essence of BBC America’s programming. After 23 episodes, with Lincoln dead and the nation starting to heal, it seems a fitting moment to conclude this American story.”

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With an American setting and creators, “Copper” was a departure from the usual BBC America programming, which had previously been limited to shows that originated on the BBC in England or co-productions. This was the first completely original show from the New York-based channel.


The show’s second season will conclude Sunday night.

The series starring Tom Weston-Jones, was hailed as BBC America’s highest-rated drama ever when it was renewed for a second season last fall. But whatever buzz the show had has been surpassed by BBC America’s new science fiction thriller, “Orphan Black,” which will return for its second season in April.

For the Record, 2:43 p.m. PDT Sept. 19: A previous version of this post said the second season of “Copper” ended Sept. 15. It will conclude Sept. 22.


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