Season Two of Copper will start on June 23. When we last saw our hero, Detective Kevin “Corky” Corcoran (Tom Weston-Jones), he was dealing with the betrayal of his best friend and his wife. Unknown to him, former love interest Elizabeth Haverford (Anastasia Griffith), now the bride-to-be of his friend and patron Robert Morehouse (Kyle Schmid), appears to be a Confederate spy. The weakness of the first season was its fixation with the characters’ personal lives, making it a show about people playing dress-up, instead of an actual police show. Only a handful of cases were examined during the entire season, and each case was always solved right before the final credits.
The emphasis on character over crime would be acceptable if the characters were more interesting. Since the only characters with any spark of life are Annie Reilly (Kiara Glasco), a twelve-year-old former child prostitute and the second-creepiest female character on TV, and Morehouse, who spends every moment of every day lounging around drinking, the producers have wisely decided to spice up the cast. Donal Logue has been brought in as Brigadier General Brendan Donovan, a ward boss and trusted lieutenant of Boss Tweed, boss of the Democratic Party political machine in New York. Aside from Logue, two former OZ cast-members will join the show. Eamonn Walker will play famed abolitionist and escaped slave Frederick Douglas, and Lee Tergeson will play a criminal mastermind. The introduction of Douglass to Copper is especially welcome since he has never received the attention he deserves, either in movies or on TV, and his absence was a flaw in the recent Lincoln (2012). Since the first season of Copper was as edgy as a haunted house for toddlers, and OZ was one of the most disturbing shows I have ever watched, the acting will hopefully go up a notch, which would be good since most of the cast are a little on the bland side. Most important, they recruited Andrew Howard, whose ‘Bad’ Frank Phillips, Pinkerton and bounty hunter, was the standout character on last year’s Hatfields & McCoys miniseries.
Set before President Abraham Lincoln’s assassination, the season will deal with the recent passage of the Thirteenth Amendment and political corruption, while hopefully presenting some of the lawlessness that Five Points was famous for. There is potential for Logue’s character to show how the anger of Irish immigrants, who were at the bottom of society, was manipulated to take political power from the city’s traditional elite, such as Morehouse and Haverford.
The first season was a disappointment but I am actually getting excited about the second season.