Production Begins On ‘Copper’

New Showcase crime drama is highly anticipated.

Jennifer Coxby Jennifer Cox

Production has begun on a new Showcase crime drama called "Copper," which is being created in conjunction with Cineflix Studios.

The program is a gripping crime series that is set in the 1860s in New York City and follows the lead character, Kevin Corcoran, an intense, rugged Irish-American cop working the city’s notorious Five Points neighbourhood. Corcoran is struggling to maintain his moral compass in a turbulent world, while on an emotional and relentless quest to learn the truth about the disappearance of his wife and the death of his daughter. His friendship with two Civil War compatriots – the wayward son of a wealthy industrialist and an African American physician who secretly assists Corcoran with his work – takes him to the contrasting worlds of elegant Fifth Avenue and an emerging African-American community in rural northern Manhattan. The three men share a secret from their experience on the battlefield that inextricably links their lives forever.

"Copper" will star Inga Cadranel ("The Bridge," "Lost Girl"), Matthew Deslippe ("The Listener," "Republic of Doyle"), Tom Weston-Jones (MI-5), and Kyle Schmid ("Smallville"). It was created by Tom Fontana and Will Roko, and among the executive producers are Fontana, Rokos, Barry Levinson, Cineflix Media's Co-CEO Glen Salzman and Cineflix Studios President Christina Wayne. Production on the show is currently underway at a Toronto studio – it will wrap up in May.

Barbara Williams, Senior Vice President of Content at Shaw Media, told Broadcaster magazine, "We are thrilled to be collaborating with Cineflix and BBC America on their very first original scripted drama series. 'Copper' will be a perfect complement to our slate of top drama series on Showcase."

Look for "Copper" on Showcase in Fall 2012 (or in the States on BBC America this summer).