Exclusive Interview: COPPER executive producer Christina Wayne on Season 2

Tom Weston-Jones in COPPER - Season 2 | ©2013 BBC America/Cineflix (Copper) Inc./Steve Wilkie

BBC America’s COPPER begins its second season Sunday night, June 23, at 10 PM. Created by Will Rokos and Tom Fontana, who executive-produce with Barry Levinson, the series is set in the dangerous Five Points neighborhood of 1880s New York, where Civil War veteran Irish-American Kevin “Corky” Corcoran (Tom Weston-Jones) works as a police detective. Despite its East Coast U.S. setting, COPPER is actually made inToronto. Christina Wayne, another of COPPER’s executive producers, takes some time to talk about COPPER’s production origins and logistics. ASSIGNMENT X: Were you working with Barry Levinson and Tom Fontana prior to COPPER, or did […]Read On »

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TV Review: COPPER – Season 1 – “A Vast and Fiendish Plot”- Season Finale

Kyle Schmid in COPPER - Season 1 - "A Vast and Fiendish Plot" | ©2012 BBC America/Cineflix (Copper) Inc.

Stars: Tom Weston-Jones, Kevin Ryan, Ato Essandoh, Anastasia Griffiths, Tanya Fischer, Kiara Glasco, Franka Potente Writer:  Tom Fontana & Will Rokos, Teleplay by Sara B. Cooper    Director: Ken Girotti          Network: BBC America, airs Sunday nights Original Telecast: October 21, 2012 “A Vast and Fiendish Plot” is the first season finale of BBC America’s new drama COPPER. Set in the Five Points slum area of New York in 1864, this ambitious series chronicles the lives of a group of policemen and the people that are part of their world and everyday lives. The series started with Detective Kevin Corcoran (Tom […]Read On »

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Exclusive Interview: COPPER star Ato Essandoh looks back on Season 1 and talks DJANGO UNCHAINED

Ato Essandoh in COPPER - Season 1 | ©2012 BBC America/Cineflix (Copper) Inc.

Actor Ato Essandoh (pronounced Ah-toe Eh-SAN-doh) hails in real life from Schenectady, New York, so he has his home state in common with his character Dr. Matthew Freeman on BBC America’s original drama series COPPER, which has just been renewed for a second season. In 1864, with the Civil War still raging, an African-American medical doctor draws suspicion from a lot of whites, while Freeman’s continuing association with two fellow Union Army veterans, Kevin “Corky” Corcoran (Tom Weston-Jones), who is the cop of the title, and Robert Morehouse (Kyle Schmid), draws unease even from Freeman’s loving wife Sara (Tessa Thompson). Essandoh, […]Read On »

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Exclusive Interview: COPPER star Kyle Schmid on Robert Morehouse

Kyle Schmid in COPPER - Season 1 | ©2012 BBC America/Cineflix (Copper) Inc.

On BBC America’s COPPER, which has its first-season finale tonight at 10 PM, Tom Weston-Jones plays the title character, Kevin Corcoran. Corcoran is a police detective who patrols the extremely mean streets of the Five Points neighborhood in 1864 New York. He gets a lot of help from two fellow Union Civil War veterans. One is African-American medical doctor Matthew Freeman, played by Ato Essandoh. The other is the well-bred and wealthy Robert Morehouse, played by Kyle Schmid. Schmid, born in Ontario, Canada, has compiled an impressive resume of films and television roles, including work in ODYSSEY 5, THE SISTERHOOD […]Read On »

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Exclusive Interview: COPPER actor Kevin Ryan walks the beat of the past

Kevin Ryan in COPPER - Season 1 | ©2012 BBC AMERICA/Cineflix (Copper) Inc./George Kraychyk

In BBC America’s COPPER, Sunday nights at 10 PM, it’s 1864. Irish-American Civil War veteran Kevin “Corky” Corcoran (Tom Weston Jones) is a police detective investigating crime in the dangerous Five Points neighborhood in New York. Although Corcoran relies on two of his fellow Union Army vets for help, his partner in policing is fellow Irish immigrant Francis Maguire, played by Kevin Ryan. Ryan – not to be confused with the CASTLE character of the same name, played by Seamus Dever – is Irish in real life, which allows him to use his own accent in the role. Descended from […]Read On »

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TV Review: COPPER – Season 1 – “Better Times are Coming”

Franka Potente and Tom Weston-Jones in COPPER - Season 1 - "Better Times Are Coming" | ©2012 BBC AMERICA/Cineflix (Copper) Inc./George Kraychyk

Stars: Tom Weston-Jones, Kevin Ryan, Ato Essandoh, Anastasia Griffiths, Tanya Fischer, Kiara Glasco, Franka Potente Writer:  Tom Fontana & Will Rokos, Teleplay by Sara B. Cooper    Director: Larysa Kondracki         Network: BBC America, airs Sunday nights Original Telecast: October 7, 2012 Well it had to happen sooner or later, COPPER has started to become one of those interminably slow moving period dramas that can’t seem to fill up an hour worth of content that keeps everything interesting and moving along. The series has spent the first season careening precariously close to that edge on and off depending on what the […]Read On »

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Exclusive Interview: COPPER star Tom Weston-Jones on the Civil War detective series

Detective Kevin Corcoran (Tom Weston-Jones) in COPPER "Surviving Death" | © BBC AMERICA/Cineflix (Copper) Inc.

In BBC America’s COPPER, which airs Sundays at 10 PM, Tom Weston-Jones plays police detective Kevin “Corky” Corcoran. In the series created by Tom Fontana and Will Rokos, it’s the mid-1860s, the Civil War is still raging and Corcoran, an Irish-born former Union soldier, works in the dangerous Five Points neighborhood of New York City, relying for help in his investigations on two fellow veterans, wealthy Robert Morehouse (Kyle Schmid) and African-American medical doctor Matthew Freeman (Ato Essandoh). Weston-Jones, an Englishman who grew up in Dubai and graduated from the University of London with a degree in theatre and drama, […]Read On »

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TV Review: COPPER – Season 1 – “Arsenic and Old Cake”

Kyle Schmid and Ato Essandoh in COPPER - Season 1 - "Arsenic and Old Cake" | ©2012 BBC America/Cineflix (Copper) Inc./George Kraychyk

Stars: Tom Weston-Jones, Kevin Ryan, Ato Essandoh, Anastasia Griffiths, Tanya Fischer, Kiara Glasco, Franka Potente Writer:  Tom Fontana & Will Rokos, Teleplay by Kevin Deiboldt    Director: Jeff Woolnough        Network: BBC America, airs Sunday nights Original Telecast: September 23, 2012 Just when I think I’ve sort of figured BBC America’s COPPER out, they have an episode like “Arsenic and Old Cake”. There are some rather disturbing character shifts in this episode, but the main story and murder mystery is one that ends up being comical (and yes I am surprised as you that murder can be a laughing matter on […]Read On »

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TV Review: COPPER – Season 1 – “La Tempête”

Anastasia Griffith in COPPER - Season 1 - “La Tempête” | ©2012 BBC AMERICA/Cineflix (Copper) Inc./George Kraychyk

Stars: Tom Weston-Jones, Kevin Ryan, Ato Essandoh, Anastasia Griffiths, Tanya Fischer, Kiara Glasco, Franka Potente Writer:  Tom Fontana & Will Rokos, Teleplay by Brant Englestein    Director: Jeff Woolnough        Network: BBC America, airs Sunday nights Original Telecast: September 16, 2012 “La Tempête” the latest episode of COPPER, official starts the all out battle for rutting rights with Detective Corcoran (Tom Weston-Jones). Last episode we saw how far Eva (Franka Potente) is willing to go to keep Corky all to herself, when she slashed the neck of one of her own prozzies, Molly (Tanya Fischer). But that was just the grubby […]Read On »

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TV Review: COPPER – Season 1 – “The Empty Locket”

Tom Weston-Jones and Dylan Taylor in COPPER - Season 1 - 'The Empty Locket' | ©2012 BBC AMERICA/Cineflix (Copper) Inc.

Stars: Tom Weston-Jones, Kevin Ryan, Ato Essandoh, Anastasia Griffiths, Tanya Fischer, Kiara Glasco, Franka Potente Writer:  Tom Fontana & Will Rokos   Director: Clark Johnson       Network: BBC America, airs Sunday nights Original Telecast: September 9, 2012 COPPER on BBC America is a series that has languid moments where you just simply sit and watch the pretty period pictures that go by on the television, and then there are moments where you are jolted forward because something shocking and often times graphic has happened and you are taken completely unawares. First up in “The Empty Locket”,  Detective Corcoran (Tom Weston-Jones) finally […]Read On »

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