via press release:
New York - Monday, April 2, 2012 - BBC AMERICA has announced the channel’s first original drama, COPPER, set in 1860s New York City, will premiere Sunday, August 19, 9:00pm ET/PT.
Tanya Fischer (, Life on Mars) joins the cast of COPPER as Stuart, an ambitious courtesan at Eva’s Paradise. The 10-part drama centers on Kevin Corcoran (Tom Weston-Jones, MI-5), an intense, rugged Irish-American cop working the city’s notorious Five Points neighborhood. Corcoran is struggling to maintain his moral compass in a turbulent world, while on an emotional and relentless quest to learn the truth about the disappearance of his wife and the death of his daughter. His friendship with two Civil War compatriots – the wayward son of a wealthy industrialist and an African American physician who secretly assists Corcoran with his detective work – takes him to the contrasting worlds of elegant Fifth Avenue and an emerging African-American in rural northern Manhattan. The three men share a secret from their experience on the battlefield that inextricably links their lives forever.
The series is created by Emmy®-winner Tom Fontana (Oz, Homicide: Life on the Streets, St. Elsewhere) and Academy Award®-nominee Will Rokos (Monster’s Ball,) and among the executive producers are Academy Award®-winner Barry Levinson (Good Morning Vietnam, Rain Man, You Don’t Know Jack), Cineflix Media Co-CEO Glen Salzman, Cineflix Studios President Christina Wayne (Broken Trail and executive in charge of ), Fontana and Rokos.
The previously announced cast includes Franka Potente (The Bourne Supremacy, Run Lola Run) as Eva Heissen, a shrewd businesswoman and the madam of Eva’s Paradise; Kyle Schmid (Blood Ties, The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants) as Robert Morehouse, a handsome bon vivant and part of Manhattan aristocracy; Anastasia Griffith (, Damages) as the sophisticated and spirited Elizabeth Haverford; Ato Essandoh (Damages) as Doctor Matthew Freeman, who secretly assists Corcoran with his work; Kevin Ryan (Tripping Tommy) as Detective Francis Maguire, Corcoran’s closet friend and partner in the 6th Precinct; Dylan Taylor ( ) as Andrew O’Brien, colleague and companion to Corcoran and Maguire; Ron White (The Line) as Captain Ciaran Joseph Sullivan, who is more often concerned about his reputation than seeking justice for victims; Kiara Glasco (Angel Duty) as Annie Reilly, a young runaway forced to grow up too quickly; Tessa Thompson (Heroes) as Sara Freeman, the fearful and anxious wife of Dr. Freeman; and David W. Keeley ( ) as Sergeant Padraic Byrnes, a corrupt and contemptuous cop.
COPPER joins BBC AMERICA’s slate of groundbreaking drama including Luther starring Golden Globe®-winner Idris Elba, the Golden Globe® nominated mini-series The Hour, Whitechapel and the upcoming Dramaville titles White Heat, Inside Men and Ripper Street.
COPPER is a Cineflix (Copper) Inc. production in association with BBC AMERICA and Shaw Media. The series is shooting in studio and on location in Toronto, Ontario through May 2012.