BBC America cancels Copper
Period crime drama Copper is not to return for a third series, confirms BBC America...
There's a kind of symmetry to this news. On the day that BBC America's critical hit Orphan Black arrives on UK television, its first original drama, Copper, is confirmed to have been cancelled.
While Copper attracted a small but loyal following, BBC America's first venture in original drama production didn't make the required impact on audiences and critics (not including, it should be said, our own, who found a great deal to admire in its gritty stories of life in nineteenth-century New York) to survive for another season.
The current habit of cutting shows off before they've had a chance to bed in and develop is a particular bugbear of ours (just how many classic long-running serials wouldn't survive past their bumpy first and second seasons if released today? We'd never have got to the good Star Trek: TNG for a start). Copper wasn't without its problems of course, but on more than a few occasions, it delivered immensely satisfying, cleverly plotted drama with strong performances. It also looked a treat.
BBC America general manager Perry Simon signed off the decision saying, "After 23 episodes, with Lincoln dead and the nation starting to heal, it seems a fitting moment to conclude this American story". Don your Corky hat people, and salute another fallen comrade. Copper, rest in peace.
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