Premieres August 19 on BBC America
The first original series from BBC America is possibly one of the most unusual projects airing this summer. Yes, Copper is a cop show, but it’s a cop show set in grimy 1860s New York City in the aftermath of the Civil War. This piece of Americana comes to us from the writer-director team of Tom Fontana and Barry Levinson, who surveyed crime of a different era in Baltimore on NBC’s Homicide: Life on the Street. Here, Kevin Corcoran (Tom Weston-Jones) investigates crime in the rough Five Points neighborhood with the help of a war buddy and an African-American physician. Is it Deadwood with taller buildings? Gangs of New York with a badge? For now we’ll just call it NYPD Sepia.