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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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Michelle July 1, 2013 at 1:55 pm

I just started watching this show last night. I LOVE IT!!! I was able to watch last weeks episode also and now I am HOOKED. I didn’t watch the first season, but I did buy it online today and can’t wait for it to get delivered so I can catch up on everything. I really hope this show doesn’t get cancelled like so many of the other great shows I end up loving. I never heard of this show before yesterday and no one I know watches it, so I don’t think it gets the credit it deserves. It definitely needs to be advertised more. I know I will be telling everyone I know about it!

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Joe June 30, 2013 at 3:56 pm

Love it!!!!
Please keep it running.

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bb June 20, 2013 at 3:30 pm

renew!!!

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Terry May 19, 2013 at 10:18 am

Love the show please do not cancel it

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Carol May 10, 2013 at 12:43 pm

I bought it to give to my 97 yr. old Dad. I will not be giving it to him. Way too dark, and dirty. And covering the subject of child prostitution, the way this is being done it would be a favorite of pediphiles. And it could also put the idea in the heads of those who have not entered into that death yet. Also I do not like the use of the LORD’S NAME IN VAIN ! That’s right, you heard me. You can mock that all you want but one day you will be very sorry. This thing is going in the trash! CANCEL THIS PIECE OF GARBAGE.

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richard bonner May 10, 2013 at 1:05 am

cant get enough,Ithink its a great period in time to see relived on screen and I believe it will only get better.Five stars,keep it going!!

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Moe May 6, 2013 at 11:24 am

Hooked..need many more episodes..Five stars..

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peter donnelly April 12, 2013 at 2:59 pm

great show, please renew.

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J.Welch jr April 12, 2013 at 11:42 am

Loved Copper……. U mean to tell me u considered taking the copper off…..please don’t or ill be forced to come & hunt you down because that move would kill this ol’ boy!!!!!!

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Marianne Krager April 6, 2013 at 3:29 pm

Please bring Copper back! My husband &I love this show

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Dee April 5, 2013 at 4:24 pm

Love this show!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!…we need great shows like this instead of all the reality shows that are being shown today.

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tessi March 25, 2013 at 11:19 pm

great show. please dont take another great show off

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LAURIE March 24, 2013 at 12:21 pm

RENEW IT !!!!!! DON’T CANCEL A GREAT SHOW !!!!!!!

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David March 17, 2013 at 2:17 pm

By all means – renew it!!
Copper is one of the best shows available on the otherwise dismal cable show list.
The only others for me are reruns of Castle and Scrubs!!

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cyndy March 13, 2013 at 12:41 pm

Great show!!!! Don’t cancel it – keep it on the air – there are so few really good shows like this one

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