Jun 202013
 
Copper Season Two Trailer

Season Two of Copper will start on June 23. The weakness of the first season was its fixation with the characters’ personal lives, making it a show about people playing dress-up in New York City during the American Civil War, instead of an actual police show. 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 Robert Morehouse (Kyle Schmid), 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. 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. Read More…

Nov 082012
 
Copper: BBC America's grit-free look at New York City during the Civil War.

The nation is still at war, rich speculators profit on the war, and racial tensions are high. If only the show was as good as it sounds. Billed as a gritty look at the early days of law enforcement, the only grit in Copper is applied to the extras pretending to be beggars. While the low-budget production values associated with the BBC add to the charm of Doctor Who, the same can not be said for Copper. The over-crowded slums look empty, the boxers in the bare-knuckle boxing matches are sweaty but otherwise unbloodied, and the violence seems tame for a cable show. Read More…

Aug 232012
 
Copper Trailer

I was genuinely excited when I heard that Tom Fontana and Barry Levinson, the creators of the ground-breaking Homicide: Life on the Street, had a new show about an Irish-American detective in New York City near the end of the Civil War. While the story of a tough, handsome copper who battles corrupt superiors and wealthy businessmen with the help of a kind-hearted prostitute is not the most original idea, it looks like the writers did their research. Set in the aftermath of the Draft Riots, when working-class white men angered that they would be drafted into the army killed more than a hundred blacks, the black community is moving away to Brooklyn, thus showing that emancipation was far from universally popular. Read More…