'Copper' gets second season from BBC America

anastasia-griffith-tom-weston-jones-copper.jpg "Copper" has been renewed for a second season, BBC America announced today (Oct. 18).

The engrossing, critically acclaimed crime drama -- the network's first original series -- centers around detective Kevin Corcoran ( Tom Weston-Jones), a former soldier fighting crime and corruption in New York City's dangerous Five Points neighborhood during the end of the Civil War.

"Copper has proven to be a perfect fit for the channel," said Perry Simon, BBC Worldwide America's general manager of channels. "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."

Season 2, which will air in 2013. will also be longer: BBC America ordered 13 episodes compared to its freshman run of 10.  

Anastasia Griffith, Franka Potente, Kevin Ryan, Ato Essandoh and Kyle Schmid round out "Copper's" cast of characters whose lives intersect across class and racial divides in one of the city's most dangerous neighborhoods.

The timing is perfect for the pickup, just days ahead of Sunday's staggering season finale. (We've screened the episode, titled "A Vast and Fiendish Plot," and can promise at least two jaw-dropping surprises and many tears.)

"Copper" concludes its freshman run Sunday, Oct. 21 at 10 p.m. on BBC America.
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