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Copper

Copper TV seriesNetwork: BBC America
Episodes: 23 (hour)
Seasons: Two

TV show dates: August 19, 2012 — September 22, 2013
Series status: Cancelled

Performers include: Tom Weston-Jones, Kyle Schmid, Ato Essandoh, Tessa Thompson, Kevin Ryan, Tanya Fischer, Dylan Taylor, Ron White, David Keeley, Franka Potente, Anastasia Griffith, and Kiara Glasco.

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TV show description:
This crime drama TV series is set in 1864 in New York City and is filled with intrigue, corruption, mystery and murder.

Kevin Corcoran (Tom Weston-Jones) is an Irish-American former boxer who became a police detective. He returns from the Civil War to find that his wife is missing and his daughter is dead. Corcoran struggles to walk a straight line in New York City’s notoriously crooked Five Points neighborhood. Desperate to learn the truth about what happened to his family, he dedicates himself to seeking justice for the powerless and overlooked. He also finds himself thrust into the contrasting worlds of elegant and corrupt Fifth Avenue, and the emerging African-American community in Northern Manhattan.

Corcoran shares a secret from the battlefield with Robert Morehouse and Doctor Matthew Freeman that inextricably links their lives together. As he did in the Union Army, Corcoran proves intelligent, valiant and tenacious — stopping at nothing to bring those responsible to justice.

A handsome bon vivant and part of the Manhattan aristocracy, Robert Morehouse (Kyle Schmid) and Corcoran were mustered out of the 71st Regiment together. Though raised in a life of privilege, Morehouse was changed by the war and now sees the lower class as his equals — much to his father’s dismay. Spending more time drinking and cavorting with prostitutes than making a name for himself in the business world, Morehouse consistently falls short of his dad’s expectations.

An African-American physician, Doctor Matthew Freeman (Ato Essandoh) was Morehouse’s valet during the Civil War. When called upon, Freeman now assists Corcoran in murder investigations though receives no credit for his contribution. Freeman practices modern scientific methods of deduction, but precinct superiors believe this to be Corcoran’s work and he doesn’t tell them otherwise.

Freeman is devoted to his wife Sara (Tessa Thompson) whose two brothers were lynched during the Draft Riots. She’s left emotionally scarred, refuses to leave her house, and convinces her husband to leave Five Points in hopes of finding security in the African-American community of Carmansville in Northern Manhattan.

Detective Francis Maguire (Kevin Ryan) is Corcoran’s closest friend and his partner in the Sixth Precinct. Maguire assists Corcoran in his search for his missing wife, as well as in navigating the underground criminal world of Five Points. Though he cares deeply for those closest to him, Maguire possesses a quick temper and occasionally loses control. Enamored with Molly Stuart (Tanya Fischer), Maguire harbors a desire to settle down and marry the ambitious courtesan.

Flirtatious and beautiful, Molly works at at Eva’s Paradise and entertains several gentlemen from both Uptown and Five Points. Her big heart and free-spirited nature can embroil her in others’ affairs and, despite her taboo career choice, Molly possesses a deep sense of right and wrong.

Detective Andrew O’Brien (Dylan Taylor) is a colleague and companion to Corcoran and Maguire. Often teased about his acquiescence to his overbearing wife, he is fiercely loyal to his family and friends.

Captain of the Sixth Precinct, Ciaran Joseph Sullivan (Ron White) is more concerned about his reputation in the public eye than seeking justice for victims. Sullivan questions how the kingpins of New York society will be affected by the results of the tenacious Corcoran’s investigations.

Sergeant Padraic Byrnes (David Keeley) is a corrupt cop within the ranks of the Sixth Precinct and takes delight in thwarting Corcoran. He plays both sides of the law by manipulating Captain Sullivan as well as victims and criminals.

With a saloon and brothel located in the center of Five Points, Eva Heissen (Franka Potente), the Madame of Eva’s Paradise, is a shrewd businesswoman. A long list of patrons — including many coppers from the Sixth Precinct — help Eva maintain control over her employees with stern precision. Despite her tough-as-nails exterior, she shows her gentler side when she is with Corcoran — who finds comfort in Eva’s arms while his heart yearns for his missing wife.

Sophisticated, spirited and intoxicatingly beautiful, Elizabeth Haverford (Anastasia Griffith) is more than a mindless debutante. Far more business-savvy and politically astute than the other society ladies of Fifth Avenue, Elizabeth seeks to use her wealth and influence to improve the lives of others -– despite how it’s perceived by the rest of New York’s upper class. Though she meets Corcoran under horrific circumstances, Elizabeth enjoys his companionship and protection.

A young runaway who is growing up quickly, Annie Reilly (Kiara Glasco) is forced into prostitution to survive. After a memorable encounter with Corcoran, she becomes deeply attached as he endeavors to protect her from danger. Whip-smart with a predilection for mischief, Annie reminds Corcoran of his own daughter, and he goes out of his way to try to introduce her to a better life.
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Series Finale

Episode #23 — “The Place I Called My Home”
In the wake of the President’s death, Detective Kevin Corcoran reels like the rest of the country. As Corcoran mourns with Robert Morehouse and Doctor Matthew Freeman, the three men decide to join a national effort once more. For the three friends, the mission elicits memories from the battlefield, resurfaces faces from the past, and creates opportunity for Five Points chaos to continue unabated.
First aired: September 22, 2013

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What do you think? Do you like the Copper TV series? Are you sorry that there won’t be a third season?

 

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cindy marsh June 29, 2014 at 11:36 pm

omg I just watched both seasons please, please bring back . love all roles everyone. wonderful show. I’m so upset please renew

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Derek Basham June 29, 2014 at 5:45 pm

I don’t understand the predicliction to cancel shows which have a decent plot line, excellent characters, are well written and producded. Not to mention the very good acting. Hundreds of channels and so little worth watching.

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Julia Hoke June 29, 2014 at 4:17 pm

We picked this up on Netflix and really like it! Now I see they are canceling it!
what a shame! It is a great show and I love the historical aspect and the time period it is set it. It seems to me there could be a lot of more stories to tell.Why does this always happen to the really good shows?

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Dale June 29, 2014 at 12:15 pm

Bring Copper back for sure. Usually BBC America is not like this especially when you know its a good show.

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Chrissy June 29, 2014 at 11:16 am

I just found out that Copper was cancelled?! Why?! Please bring this show back for a third season. This is one of the best shows on tv! It’s one very few shows my husband and I get to sit down and watch together! I will miss it very much and hope the executives for the network change their mind Quickly!

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Laura Solow June 29, 2014 at 12:20 am

This series is FABULOUS please bring on season 3!!!!!

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Mary S June 28, 2014 at 5:58 pm

Bring back Copper. One of the better shows great story line.

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Mary June 28, 2014 at 5:52 pm

Bring back Copper. If this was the last episode, why didn’t it end better. This has got to be one of the better T.V. Shows .

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Linda Smily June 27, 2014 at 4:32 pm

BBC should be sitting on ‘this’ side of the television screen!!!! The decision to cancel Copper is simply flawed reasoning on your behalf. Wake up….pay closer attention to the wants and likes of your viewership. You are the big loser here….loosing the potential for continued loyalty to BBC. BBC needs us more than we need you. BBC is undependable programing at best…viewers beware!

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Donna June 25, 2014 at 11:51 am

What in the hell is wrong with you people?? Why do you take a good show off the air and leave stupid ones on??!!! Copper was one of the better shows on TV! You really piss me off.

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TFM June 24, 2014 at 11:46 am

It is so ridiculous that these Network executives don’t know a good series, even if were looking them in the eye. This was a great story and even was themed around American history. Bring this show back…

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Robynn June 24, 2014 at 6:13 pm

They bring on a stupid show about Brits visiting the US and they are totally ridiculous! And another stupid show about Musketeers and take off COPPER…REALLY??? They, @BBCA, think they know what Americans want to watch but BBC America really screwed this one up! Join the fight to Bring Back Copper!!! https://www.facebook.com/groups/575226115847540/ And on Twitter https://twitter.com/Save_CopperTV

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george June 23, 2014 at 5:47 pm

that suck’s proof BBC don’t care idiots

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Phyllis June 22, 2014 at 11:51 pm

They should at least bring the series to end wraping up the story lines. Maybe a 2 hour Series Finale.

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Robynn June 23, 2014 at 11:25 am

BBC America screwed this one up! Joint the fight to Bring Back Copper!!! https://www.facebook.com/groups/575226115847540/ And on Twitter https://twitter.com/Save_CopperTV

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Robynn June 23, 2014 at 11:26 am

Oooops, sorry, *join*.

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Stephanie June 22, 2014 at 11:36 pm

Bring back Copper! It’s one of my favorite shows on tv!

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Mollie Crawford June 21, 2014 at 9:08 pm

Bring back Copper! There is so little worth watching on TV and I’m so sick of “reality” shows that not remotely realistic.
Copper was an interesting show that actually had a plot. What is wrong with television today that the crap is kept and a good program is dumped?

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