Billy Baldwin Joins ‘Copper’ Cast for Season Two!

There’s another newcomer in Five Points…

Give a big Copper-style welcome to William “Wild Bill” Eustace, played by William Baldwin! “Wild Bill” will make waves in the slums of the Sixth Precinct as a political wheeler and dealer, a “risings star” the New York City’s power structure.

From BBC America’s press release:

Nothing is ever as it seems in Five Points… BBC AMERICA and Cineflix Studios promise no shortage of twists and turns for season two of Copper, announcing today that famed New Yorker, William “Billy” Baldwin (Gossip Girl, Hawaii Five-O) will guest star in the last two episodes of the upcoming season as William “Wild Bill” Eustace – a charming Tammany Hall power broker. Also joining Baldwin at the end of the season is Lindy Booth (Kick-Ass 2, Fairly Legal) as Teresa Trembley – protected witness of a high-profile murder in Five Points. Copper, BBC AMERICA’s highest-rated original drama set in 1860s New York City, returns Sunday, June 23, 10:00pm ET/PT.

William “Wild Bill” Eustace (Baldwin) is a tough and charming Tammany Hall fixer with a genius for political machination. The scion of a successful river barge owning family, Eustace left home as a teenager to work on whaling ships. Upon his return, he bought a number of saloons in the City and parlayed his connections into real political power. Comfortable navigating the complicated streets of New York, Eustace is a rising star in the City’s power structure and the man sent in to make problems go away.

Predictions for “Wild Bill?” Hit the comments!

‘Copper’ Returns For An Explosive Second Season

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Ready for a summer vacation in the 1860s slums of New York City?

Copper‘s not back in action until Sunday, June 23 at 10/9c, but you can catch the latest buzz from Five Points now in the official press release below.

New York, 1865. On the brink of Lincoln’s assassination, political shifts are reshaping the country and in Five Points, immigrants are vying for power, control and a piece of the American dream.  Welcome back to Copper BBC AMERICA’s highest rated original drama from the brilliant minds of Emmy®-winner Tom Fontana, Academy Award®-winner Barry Levinson, Academy Award®-nominee Will Rokos, Cineflix Studios President, Christina Wayne and new addition, Thomas Kelly (Blue Bloods). With thirteen all-new episodes, return to the unforgiving city that knows no limits, Sunday, June 23, 10:00pm ET/PT.  At the center of the saga, Detective Kevin Corcoran (Tom Weston-Jones, World Without End, MI-5) is struggling to tame the wartime city while wrestling with the personal demons of his wife and best friend’s betrayal. And when Tammany Hall-backed ward leader, General Brendan Donovan (Donal Logue, Vikings, Sons of Anarchy), returns from the Civil War to restore order in the Sixth Ward, loyalties will be bought and sold, both Uptown and in the slums of Five Points.

“This season we wanted to raise the stakes and dive into the 1860s political machine by bringing in a Boss Tweed like character to shake things up,” said Co-creator and Executive Producer, Tom Fontana. “With the addition of General Brendan Donovan, we reveal a highly volatile faction of old New York City, Tammany Hall, and sink our characters into storylines including, counterfeiting, illegal Union Army recruitment, the 13th amendment and its ramifications for “freed” slaves, public health hazards and more. By making the universe a little fuller, it gave us a chance to breathe new life into the history of this great city.”

Executive Producer, Thomas Kelly adds:  “19th Century New York City is a fascinating place to tell stories. Five Points was the crucible of the great human experiment with pluralistic Democracy, and by the 1860’s, all of the different tribes in the City were fighting for the American dream.  It was survival of the fittest and a constant struggle was waged to determine who was going to run the city.”

At the end of last season, Corcoran left his best friend and partner, Detective Francis Maguire (Kevin Ryan, Tripping Tommy, RAW), for dead after learning of his affair with his wife; his former war comrade and wealthy industrialist, Robert Morehouse (Kyle Schmid, Arrow, Being Human), thwarted the plot by Confederate spies to burn the city; and Corcoran’s secret weapon in forensics, Doctor Matthew Freeman (Ato Essandoh, Django Unchained, Elementary), was preparing to start a family with his wife Sara (Tessa Thompson, For Colored Girls, Veronica Mars) leaving behind the demons of her brothers’ lynching during the slum’s draft riots.

One year later, we find our characters grappling with the harsh realities of their decisions.  Historic changes are taking shape in 1865 America.  President Abraham Lincoln is re-elected, leaving Southern radicals to stew, the 13th Amendment is passed and the Civil-War rages on.  As immigrants and African-Americans continue to flood New York City, our characters are immersed in a world of vice, political corruption and incessant greed.  Amidst the chaos of their worlds, an arresting figure returns to clean up The Points and reassert himself as one of the most influential and powerful men in the city’s political machine. Brendan Donovan, a brigadier General from the battlefields of the Civil War, is back to claim his place as a ward leader and gain the power necessary to raise the immigrant population out of the doldrums.  Self-educated with book and street smarts, his rise through Tammany Hall as one of Boss Tweed’s most trusted lieutenants was hard won. Every bit as cunning and shrewd as any Uptown businessman, he’s an expert at maneuvering and manipulating any given situation to his advantage.  A former copper and current entrepreneur, Donovan knows all too well the troubles his people suffer and sees political power as a way out. As he manipulates the likes of the Morehouses, and empowers those in The Points, every advantage to advance his agenda is exploited.  And with Irish immigrants looked upon as the dregs of society and “freed” slaves just hoping to make it through the day without incident, the fight to amass power in a neighborhood filled with dread will be wrought with conflict.  Donovan will enlist Corcoran’s aid in cleaning up the precinct’s image, and teach him that power and respect is the only way to shake the reprobation of the elite.

With Donovan’s presence, Corcoran sees a chance to make a difference in his ward. Now that Corcoran’s wife Ellen (Alex Paxton-Beesley, Alphas, The Firm) has returned, his affair with Madame Eva Heissen (Franka Potente, American Horror Story, The Bourne Supremacy) is over and he’s fighting to return to a sense of normalcy.  However, his loyalty to the badge and his love/hate relationship with The Points often puts him back in familiar territory – away from home.

Uptown, Morehouse is engaged to widowed Elizabeth Haverford (Anastasia Griffith, Damages, Covert Affairs) and deeply in love.  But his fiancé’s duplicitous acts threaten to destroy his world and new hero-status among the community elite. In Carmansville, Doctor Freeman is called back to Five Points by his mentor and teacher, with an opportunity to take over his office.  With wife Sara refusing to return to the place she calls “hell,” they’ll have to make a hard choice.

 Appearing this season is multiple award-winning actress, Alfre Woodard (Twelve Years a Slave, Steel Magnolias), as Hattie Lemaster, a former slave recently arrived to Five Points to start anew with her daughter Sara Freeman. Jarred by raucous city life, Hattie must learn what the true meaning of “freedom” is in the North.  She’ll find herself conflicted with the road ahead and unsure of her place in the claustrophobic environment.  Also joining the cast are Eamonn Walker (Chicago Fire, Oz) as legendary abolitionist leader, Frederick Douglass; Lee Tergesen (Army Wives, Oz) as Philomen Keating, a wickedly intelligent criminal mastermind whose tendency for dramatic flair is offset by a penchant for brutality and Andrew Howard (Hatfields and McCoys) as James O’Rourke, the physically intimidating yet shrewdly observant manager of a budding criminal organization.

Watch the official Season Two trailer, then hit the comments with your predictions for 1865!

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Casting Announcement: Season Two Guest Stars Revealed

Big casting news from Five Points. Last month we revealed Sons of Anarchy star Donal Logue would be joining the cast of Copper – now we’re thrilled to announce Lee Tergesen and Eamonn Walker have signed on as guest stars in the upcoming season!

Fans of Tom Fontana’s HBO drama Oz will recognize Copper‘s newest names – Oz featured Tergesen as Tobias Beecher and Eamonn Walker as Kareem Said. For their Copper roles, Tergesen will guest star as Philomen Keating, an intelligent criminal mastermind in vice-laden 1865 New York City, and Walker will take on the role of legendary abolitionist leader Frederick Douglass.

Production for Copper Season Two is currently underway, and the series is slated to return to BBC America this summer.

Excited about the mini-reunion between two former Oz castmates? Sound off about Copper‘s newest additions in the comments below!

Writer’s Room: Facts, Observations, and Beards

Series writer Kyle Bradstreet is busy bringing ‘Copper’ Season Two to life, but he has a few observations to share…

  • A writer can, without question, beat an actor in a beard growing contest (note: not this writer, but this one).

Sorry, Morehouse. Writer Kevin Deiboldt wins the best beard award.

  • Watching a Harlem Globetrotters game is the perfect way to spend a Saturday night after a week of shooting. Good idea, Morehouse.
  • Between takes, it’s a pleasure to watch Ato Essandoh (Doctor Matthew Freeman) dance. And, seriously, he can cut a rug.

VIDEO: Ato Essandoh and the cast of Copper bust a move.

  • Negative 9 degrees Fahrenheit is cold. So cold. Oh, Toronto…
  • A lit cigar shoved up one’s nose appears to be incredibly painful for the recipient. (Who writes these scenes…?)
  • Copper‘s multitalented Tessa Thompson (Sara Freeman) performs in a kick-ass band called Caught A Ghost. Check out their song “Hold Out” below.

VIDEO: Tessa Thompson and her band Caught A Ghost perform “Hold Out.”

  • Frightened Rabbit’s new album, “Pedestrian Verse,” is a faithful early morning writing companion. Yes, they’re from Scotland. Forgive me, Sweet Éire.
  • Donal Logue joining the Copper team this year is like adding rocket fuel to an already spectacular bonfire. I mean, the guy kills it in every scene. Our ever outstanding cast has added another family member, and we couldn’t be more excited to have Donal on board.

‘Til next time,
Kyle Bradstreet

Have questions or comments for Kyle? Leave them in the comments below!

The Doctor is In: Behind the Scenes of Season Two

Contrary to recent reports, Ato Essandoh is very much alive and is getting back into the Five Points groove, catching all the Copper action behind the scenes. Filming of the series’ second season kicked off last week, and below are a few of our favorite shots from the Doc.

Ato Essandoh as Doctor Matthew Freeman. (Fact: Doc Freeman invented the cell phone in 1865.)

On set with Tessa Thompson, who plays the Doc’s wife, Sara Freeman.

Franka Potente, who plays brothel owner Eva Heissen, stays bundled up between scenes.

The Freeman residence in Carmansville.

Doc Freeman’s stocked medicine cabinet.

An important desk for an important Doc.

For more Season 2 updates from Ato, follow him on Twitter (@AtoEssandoh) and on Tumblr (http://atoessandoh.tumblr.com).

Writer’s Room: Sounds of Season Two

Series writer Kevin Deiboldt shares the soundtracks inspiring Copper’s second season.

Most folk have habits; rituals that ease different activities. For me, music is an important component of the writing process. I tend to use it as a tool to focus my thoughts and help set a specific emotional tone in my head. Digging into a new year of Copper has been no different. And so, just as I shared a playlist last season – in honor of our (then) impending premiere – I’ve put together a few tracks that have been fueling my current script. They’re not songs that would (or should) necessarily score the episode – but they all hit different emotional aspects found within.

“Attaboy” (The Goat Rodeo Sessions). I tend to listen to music sans lyrics when I first put words on the page. This was an album I listened to extensively last season, and a track that I often utilized to help put me in the right mindset. Coming back to Five Points after a short time away, it only made sense to dip back in to the (cess) pool with the same song.

“Tick Of The Clock” (Chromatics), “In Motion” (Trent Reznor/Atticus Ross), “A Poor Man’s Memory” (Explosions In The Sky). The episode I’ve been writing has a definite drive to it – and it was important to keep that engine going. I found myself leaning on songs that mirrored that quality. “Tick Of The Clock” was one I kept on repeat for hours at a time while I worked a complex – and tense – series of scenes. “In Motion” is from The Social Network soundtrack, which has an incredibly dark-yet-kinetic balance to it. I listened to that album constantly. Explosions In The Sky are my go-to artists when I’m working on a scene (especially emotional ones) for the first time. This particular track, “A Poor Man’s Memory,” helped immensely in building one of the climactic scenes of the episode.

“She Brings the Sunlight” (Richard Hawley). As I start to drill down and rework the script, I’ll listen to music with lyrics, depending on what notes (pun intended) I’m trying to hit. Richard Hawley’s latest album strikes a blend of beauty, darkness and edge (noticing a trend here?), which worked perfectly. (Fun fact: the song BBC America used in our trailer last year – “Leave Your Body Behind You” – is from this album.)

“Know Your Rights” (The Clash), “Roadrunner” (The Modern Lovers). Again, needed to keep the energy – and intensity – up throughout. These songs do it for me. Just need to ensure I keep up with them.

“Our Anniversary” (Bill Callahan), “Angeles” (Elliott Smith), “Black Moon” (Wilco). This episode has more than a handful of emotional, impassioned scenes. As I worked on them, I drew upon different artists. Callahan has a stark, stoic voice – which can lace even his loveliest songs with an ominous quality. Smith’s work is legendary; whispering tunes of pain and intimacy. “Black Moon” strikes a very specific tone in my mind – which worked well with a moment of quiet, exhausted, late-at-night reflection.

I’d love nothing more than to show you all the work that was buoyed by this music, but you’ll have to wait a few more months for that. See ya in 1865.

Listen to Copper: Season 2 Tunes by Kevin Deiboldt on Spotify.

Have questions or comments for Kevin? Leave them below! And for more of Kevin’s ‘Copper’ musings, check out his personal blog, Ithaca Mafia, and follow him on Twitter at @Kluv32.

Writer’s Room: Returning to Five Points

Series writer and producer Kyle Bradstreet talks returning to the world of ‘Copper’ for Season Two.

Return: \ri-ˈtərn\
intransitive verb
1. to go back or come back again

I’m tempted to write that Season Two is our collective return to Copper – to Five Points, to 23rd Street, to Carmansville – but the truth is… we never left. Once one becomes buried in the world of Copper, it’s a difficult place to leave. From the moment we wrapped shooting on Season One to that September day when we finished editing Episode Ten, stories, scenes, plot points – infinite possibilities for Season Two encompassed our minds. And then, a month later, we got the greenlight to begin writing Season Two. Time to put those possibilities on paper.

‘Copper’ Season 2: Donal Logue as General Brendan and Tom Weston-Jones as Detective Kevin Corcoran

Today I stand inside a massive soundstage in Toronto – the land where Copper lives. I walk the streets of 1865 (a new season, a new year) and, once again, it feels as if I’ve stepped back in time. I’m elated to reunite with our phenomenal cast and crew – and to welcome those who are new into the Copper family. The journey continues. Stay tuned. It’s going to be one hell of a ride.

Kyle Bradstreet
Writer/Producer

‘Copper’ Season 2 Kicks Off Filming!

Grab your brass knuckles, lace up your corsets, and throw out that stale fruitcake. Copper is back in action!

We’re thrilled to announce that Copper Season Two kicks off filming this week, with a new face roaming the streets of Five Points. Veteran actor Donal Logue (Sons of Anarchy, Max Payne) joins the Copper cast this season as Brendan Donovan, a General who has recently returned from the battlefields of the Civil War. The political boss of the Sixth Ward is reasserting himself as one of the most influential and powerful men in the city’s political machine. Wonder how that will play with big man on campus Detective Corcoran…

More exciting news: Accomplished writer/novelist, Thomas Kelly (Blue Bloods), also joins Copper as executive producer alongside showrunners Tom Fontana and Barry Levinson.

Oh, did we mention that Season Two has 13 episodes? (You were right, 10 installments last season wasn’t nearly enough.)

A few Twitter highlights from your favorite reunited castmates:

Read the full release here: Season 2 Production of Copper is Underway

A Very ‘Copper’ Holiday Gift Guide

Want to give the Copper fan in your life a holiday gift they’ll love? Since you can’t book them a stay at Eva’s Paradise or hire Kevin Corcoran as their personal bodyguard, here are five of the next best options:

Copper Season 1 on DVD
Packed with plenty of 1864-style extras, Copper Season 1 on DVD is sure to hold fans over until Season 2. Featuring all ten episodes from the first season, the DVDs also include episode commentary from series stars, exclusive deleted scenes, a “making of” documentary, character video profiles, and never-before-seen featurettes – perfect marathon material for lazy holiday vacay days. Buy It >

Copper Pint Glasses
Enjoy a tall cold one while watching your favorite series? Pick up these Copper pint glasses and cheers to Detective Kevin Corcoran kicking ass. Buy It >

Copper Brass Knuckles Mug
Coffee should pack a punch, and Detective Corky’s brass knuckles mug adds just the right amount of kick to your morning caffeine fix. Buy It >

Copper Brass Knuckles T-Shirt
Give a fellow Copperhead this stylish brass knuckles t-shirt, and they’ll look almost as cool as a real New York 1864 officer. Buy It >

Copper Series 1 Savings Set
Save on swag with the quintessential Copper holiday present – the Series 1 Savings Set, complete with Copper DVDs, the official Brass Knuckles t-shirt, and the Copper logo marble coaster set. Buy It >

Happy holidays, Copper fans! See you in 2013!

Episode 10 Recap: A Vast and Fiendish Finale

Well Copperheads, we’ve spent an intense ten weeks in New York City, 1864, and last night was curtain call for Corky and his Five Points crew. The unflappable Detective Corcoran kicked off the series guns blazing in a Wild West-style Five Points shoot-out, so it seemed only fitting when our broken hero bowed out quietly last night, tearfully shooting up for the chance at one last drug-induced vision of his departed daughter. Guns and morphine – not exactly the healthiest cure-all for a brooding heart. Definitely worse than something you’d buy off the back of Bevell’s cure-all cart. But let’s start at the beginning of Corcoran’s downward spiral, shall we?

The mystery knocker from last week’s cliffhanger is revealed to be Robert Morehouse, demonstrating impeccably bad timing. Corcoran has maybe a minute to wrap his head around the ugly reality that his wife killed his daughter, before Morehouse saddles him with the task of saving New York City. You can see how Maguire’s accusation last week holds some weight – Kevin’s unwavering sense of duty to country tends to trump his own needs and the needs of his family. He left his wife and daughter to serve the Union army, and here again we see Corcoran leaving Ellen vulnerable in a crusade to protect his city. There’s a reason why most superheroes don’t have families.

So who leaves his whore to look after his wife? Kevin Corcoran, that’s who. Eva declares she’s “a whore, not a nursemaid,” but she could have fooled us. She sets orphan Annie straight – cut the crap kid, or you’ll end up alone – and offers a tortured Ellen the medicine she really needs – a crumb of forgiveness. “In my experience,” Eva tells Ellen, “true monsters feel no regret.” So does Eva consider herself a monster? Do you think Eva’s a monster? What say yee, Copperheads?

While Eva’s wife-sitting, Corcoran’s putting out fires. Literally! Turns out Robert Kennedy’s been operating a bustling Greek Fire factory right in Five Points, so the shipment was just a ruse to throw Corky and Robert off Kennedy’s skeevy scent. Using a few of his signature interrogation moves (faking deaths, breaking hands, holding witnesses at gunpoint) Corcoran pieces together Kennedy’s game plan: Burn Manhattan hotels and landmarks until the whole city turns ashes to ashes, dust to dust. Corcoran and his Sixth Precinct bros dump a bucket of water on the whole scheme, snuffing Kennedy’s blaze of glory. New York City stands tall another day.

And everyone lives happily ever after! Except not.

The Confederates didn’t burn everything down, but they definitely shook things up. Maguire’s seriously injured, shot in the chest, and his fate remains unknown. In the least enthusiastic act of heroism you’ve ever seen, Corcoran rescues his injured friend from a burning hotel. Will Maguire live to see 1865? Maybe, maybe not, but it’s clear Corcoran cares very little either way.

While Maguire’s fate hangs in the balance, Norbert Morehouse’s fate is sealed – he will be a shamed businessman, a failed father, and Atlanta’s newest problem. Norbert’s normally full of witty retorts, but this week his son has the last word. “You and I will never see one another again,” Robert tells his father. “Which, as far as I’m concerned, is still not long enough.” Ooh, burnnn.

Looks like things between Eva and Corcoran are cooling off – their sexcapades are on hiatus now that Ellen’s back in the picture. Any predictions on how long Corcoran holds out ’til he goes crawling back to Eva’s Paradise?

Five (More) Points

Orphan Annie’s Road to Redemption
…begins with a good foot massage.

Human Kindling
Robert, you have a wooden leg. Let someone else put out the fire, ‘kay?

Elizabeth Haverford: A Hoop Skirt Full of Secrets
Conspiring with terrorists? Oh no you didn’t, girl.

The Freemans: Doctor’s Orders
We don’t condone Sara buying toxic cure-alls, but it sure was fun watching the Doc kick the Bevel outta that poser.

Kevin Corcoran: 1865’s Fallen Hero?
The last three minutes of last night’s finale, brought to you by the brilliant Tom Weston-Jones. Watch and weep.

And that’s 1864, Copperheads! A big thanks to all the fans who made Copper successful – we were thrilled to have you along for the ride. See you in 2013 for another summer vacation to Five Points.

‘Til then, tare an’ouns!