Extra! Extra! Read All About ‘Copper’

With the premiere of Copper just three days away, the internet’s all abuzz with Coppermania. The cast has been working the press circuit, and below are some of the rave reviews and must-read interviews:

The Insider: Franka Potenta Introduces You to ‘Copper’
Insider.com: One of the characters asks what Corcoran sees in Eva. How do you see their relationship?
Franka: You’ll see it unfold more and more over the season, but they’re friends with benefits, f*ck buddies, whatever. More complex layers come later and while I don’t think Eva would ever admit this, she’s more romantically involved than Corcoran is.

- Jarett Wieselman

The New York Daily News: Oscar-winning director Barry Levinson: Why ‘Copper’ is proving its mettle on TV…and not at the movies
“What was going on in New York then was fascinating,” Levinson says. “You had the Civil War, you had friction with immigrants, you had civic corruption, you had the divide between the wealthy and the working class, you had the start of social movements. You had a lot of the problems we still have today. You see how New York’s problems would become the country’s problems.”

- David Hinckley

‘Copper’ Premiere Party (Aug. 15, 2012): Kevin Ryan, Tanya Fischer, Dylan Taylor, Tom Weston-Jones, Anastasia Griffith, Kyle Schmid, and Ato Essandoh line up for their red carpet mug shot!

AM New York:  ‘Copper’ star’s old-time New York state of mind
AM New York: Any big drawbacks to doing a period piece?
Tom Weston-Jones: A curse for us, when you’re filming this, is if you break a prop, you can’t go to a shop and pick out a particular try of lantern from the period. … And I did break a few things. The props guys, I love them, but I’m glad I didn’t get some bad voice-mail messages.

- Scott A. Rosenberg

San Francisco Chronicle: ‘Copper’ mines classic American themes
“‘Copper’ has much to recommend it: action, passion and great performances arising from an exploration of classic American themes. It could turn out to be TV gold for BBC America.”

- David Wiegand

The Boston Globe: BBC America’s ‘Copper’ casts a spell
“A trio of un-uniformed cops chase bank robbers, shoot them, pick their pockets, steal from their loot — then retreat to their girlfriends, prostitutes living above a bar in the squalid Five Points slum. The cops look just like the crooks. It’s all strange and very Wild West.”

- Matthew Gilbert

Co-stars Tom Weston-Jones and Franka Potente play “friends with benefits” Detective Kevin Corcoran and Madame Eva Heissen.

Newsday: ‘Copper’ Review: BBC America Original
“The characters hold promise, the show looks swell, the stories reflect rich history and the makers have earned our trust.”

- Diane Werts

 Associated Press: A New Western Series Set in the East
“‘Copper,’ BBC America’s first original scripted series, is hearty and smart. Corcoran is compelling in his moral conflicts and in his doggedness at sleuthing for justice.”

- Frazier Moore

Still not sold? Check out more reviews on our press page. And don’t forget to tune in this Sunday, August 19th at 10/9c for the series premiere!

  • Amy

    Um, geniuses? You all at BBCA who forgot to hire a historian? Why are your characters, who supposedly are living in 1864, talking about the American Civil War like it’s over? That war went on until April of 1865.

  • under sea robot

    JESUS H. CHRIST TOO MANY F-ING COMMERCIALS. I”M NOT BUYING SO STOP SELLING. WTF?!

  • Amy

    Hm, spoke too soon. Now they’re talking about things that actually happened in 1864. So why were they talking about the war like it was over? And why is the advertising for the series a mix of “in 1864″ and “after the civil war”? It’s a bit muddled!

    • John

      It was over for his character.

      Corcoran was supposed to be a member of the 71st New York Volunteer Infantry (Second Regiment Excelsior, Jackson Light Regiment).
      The 71st was mustered into Federal service in Staten Island, New York
      in June 1861 for a term of three years. It served in the Excelsior
      Brigade (a brigade made up of regiments entirely from New York City)
      during it’s entire term of service. The 71st was mustered out of
      service in July of 1834 in New York City.

      • http://www.facebook.com/peter.koenig.35 Peter Koenig

        That’s what the script said, and it makes sense.
        There were two “71st NY” regiments in the Civil War.
        The 71st New York State Volunteer Infantry (“Jackson Light Infantry”; Excelsior Brigade) accords with the above. See
        http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/71st_Infantry_Regiment_(New_York)
        This 71st was recruited largely from Irish immigrants.
        The other 71st was the 71st New York Volunteer Militia (aka 71st New York National Guard), which was organized in 1850 by Know-Nothings. It was composed solely of US-born New York Protestants. It had a long history of xenophobia – and no meaningful combat record in the Civil War. See
        http://dmna.ny.gov/historic/reghist/civil/infantry/71stInfNYSM/71stInfNYSMMain.htm
        for a sanitized regimental history.
        Of interest, the 71st NYSVI (Excelsior) fought at Gettysburg, whereas the 71st NYVM was in New York City and aided in suppressing the Draft Riots. I suspect the Draft Riots (which had already taken place at the time of Episode 1 of Copper) may play a role in the plot. I trust the writers will not place our hero in NYC fighting the rioters as a member of the “wrong” 71st Regiment.

  • Lynn

    This is a great show. Finally a concept that’s new and well done. I hope this type of show will be contagious.

  • Trinity33

    How do we find the music on the show? I love Celtic music. Will they add a music section on the website? Any chance Music from The Elders or Dulahan will make an appearance?

  • Eld

    Watched first episode wasn’t blown away. It wasn’t bad i just wasn’t sucked into the plot like I thought I would’ve been. :/

  • Tanya

    Great job! I’m so sick of reality shows and everyone remaking movies from 20 yrs ago. At least this show throws out a new story based on life so long ago. You actually had me pausing the show to look up the true story on 5 points. Really looking forward to Episode 2 and the rest of the season, and once again great job to cast and crew!

  • http://www.facebook.com/troy.tollard Troy Tollard

    The BBC Channel has it! I loved it. I thought I was transported back in time.

  • Pete

    While watching I kept having feelings of deja vu of Lyndsay Faye’s “Gods of Gotham” and at the end of the episode I was close to wishing that BBC America had just adapted that excellent book for TV. Will reserve judgment until I’ve watched a few more episodes.

  • stormeegale@ymail.com

    We love Copper!

  • stormeegale@ymail.com

    We love Copper!