BBC America has announced that this second season of its gritty period crime drama Copper, which wrapped earlier this week, will be the series’ last. Though Copper had a well-received outing (I reviewed it positively at the time), it never found a steady audience, especially after its first season premiered at the start of a heavy fall line up last year. The show returned this summer hoping to gain more traction, but ultimately it never seemed to distinguish itself enough from two other foundering series, AMC’s Hell On Wheels and BBC’s Ripper Street, which cover a similar time frame and gritty aspect. Hit the jump for more on BBC America’s comments, as well as the future of their scripted series.
On the BBC America drama series Copper, set in 1865 New York City, actor Ato Essandoh plays Doctor Matthew Freeman, an African-American physician who served in the war with Robert Morehouse (Kyle Schmid) and Detective Kevin Corcoran (Tom Weston-Jones). Freeman always seems torn between his calling as a physician and his devotion to his wife Sara (Tessa Thompson).
During this exclusive phone interview with Collider, actor Ato Essandoh (who also plays Alfredo Llamosa on Elementary) talked about the differences between Season 1 and Season 2, finding the voice for his character, how 1865 has changed things for Dr. Freeman, how deep he delves into the actual history of the time period, what it was like to shoot the emotional scene where they knock down the lamppost, what it was like to add Alfre Woodard to the mix, how unexpected things turn out, and how he can’t wait to get rid of the beard at the end of the season. Check out what he had to say after the jump, and be aware that there are some spoilers.
Back for Season 2 on BBC America, Copper – set in 1865 New York City, on the brink of President Lincoln’s assassination – tells the story of Detective Kevin Corcoran (Tom Weston-Jones), as he struggles to tame a chaotic city while wrestling with personal demons, including the betrayal of his wife (Alex Paxton-Beesley) and best friend (Kevin Ryan). With Tammany Hall’s outspoken General Brendan Donovan (Donal Logue) back from the Civil War to restore law and order in the Sixth Ward, everyone must fight to find their places in an unforgiving city.
During this exclusive phone interview with Collider, actor Tom Weston-Jones talked about what he did to get himself back in the headspace for Season 2, how their new showrunner has really streamlined things this season, how different Corcoran is now, having his character become smarter and exercise more restraint, the moments he prefers to keep to himself or stay distanced for a scene, the shift in dynamics between Corcoran and Francis Maguire (Ryan), what the new actors add to the show this season, and just how different things turn out, now that they’re finishing up filming on Season 2. Check out what he had to say after the jump, and be aware that there are some spoilers.
When I was recently offered the opportunity to do an interview with actor Donal Logue, to chat with him about his roles on three of my must-watch TV shows – Vikings, Copper and Sons of Anarchy – needless to say, I jumped at the chance. Throw in the fact that that he was on one of my personal favorites – the gone-far-too-soon Terriers – and it was truly one of the most enjoyable interviews that I’ve ever done.
During this exclusive phone interview with Collider, Donal Logue talked about the amazing and unique opportunity he has to work on three popular drama series simultaneously, how he came to play King Horik on History’s original drama series Vikings (which just wrapped up its highly successful first season) and that he’ll definitely be back for Season 2, the type of character he’ll be playing on BBC America’s Copper, when the series returns for Season 2 on June 23rd, what the experience of doing Sons of Anarchy has been like, and if the success of the Kickstarter campaign for the Veronica Mars movie gives him any more hope that Terriers could return, in some form and at some point. Check out what he had to say after the jump.
Set in 1964, the FX drama series American Horror Story: Asylum takes viewers into Briarcliff, a haven for the criminally insane, ruled with an iron fist by Sister Jude (Jessica Lange), a nun with a troubled past. Inside this locked down facility, danger lurks around every corner, whether it’s a doctor who loves to torture, flesh eating creatures in the forest, alien experimentation or the serial killer Bloody Face, and no one is safe. From co-creators Ryan Murphy and Brad Falchuk, the show also stars Evan Peters, Sarah Paulson, Lily Rabe, Zachary Quinto, James Cromwell, Joseph Fiennes, Lizzie Brochere and Chloe Sevigny.
During this recent interview to promote her guest appearance on the show, actress Franka Potente, who played a character convinced she’s Anne Frank, talked about how she got involved with the show, what it was like to play such a historical figure, working with co-stars Jessica Lange and James Cromwell, how eerie the asylum set is to shoot in, what sort of research she did on people admitted to asylums, the biggest challenges with this role, and how she hopes she’ll get to return to the show, at some point. She also talked about how she chooses her roles, that she’s writing her first novel, and what she’d like to see from her character in Season 2 of the BBC America drama series Copper. Check out what she had to say after the jump, and be aware that there are spoilers.
This week on Blu-ray is light on quantity, but there are a couple of great works headed our way. Briefly:
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The BBC America drama series Copper – from Academy Award-winner Barry Levinson, Emmy-winner Tom Fontana and Academy Award-nominee Will Rokos – is set in 1864, at a time when disorder and mayhem were the law of the land, and New York City was filled with intrigue, corruption, mystery and murder. The show also stars Tom Weston-Jones (as Irish immigrant Detective Kevin Corcoran), Franka Potente, Anastasia Griffith, Kevin Ryan, Kyle Schmid, Ato Essandoh, Dylan Taylor, Kiara Glasco, Tanya Fischer and Tessa Thompson.
In this exclusive interview with Collider, co-stars Kevin Ryan (who plays Detective Francis Maguire, Detective Corcoran’s closet friend and partner in the Sixth Precinct), Kyle Schmid (who plays Robert Morehouse, a handsome Manhattan aristocrat) and Ato Essandoh (who plays Doctor Matthew Freeman, who secretly assists Corcoran with his work) talked about their audition process, how they got comfortable with this type of stylized dialogue, playing characters that live in the grey area, working on such realistic sets, and their favorite moments for their characters. Check out what they had to say after the jump.
The BBC America drama series Copper – from Academy Award-winner Barry Levinson, Emmy-winner Tom Fontana and Academy Award-nominee Will Rokos – is set in 1864, at a time when disorder and mayhem were the law of the land, and New York City was filled with intrigue, corruption, mystery and murder. Actress Anastasia Griffith (Once Upon A Time) plays the sophisticated and spirited Elizabeth Haverford, a woman intrigued by both the rugged Irish immigrant cop, Detective Kevin Corcoran (Tom Weston-Jones), and the handsome Manhattan aristocrat, Robert Morehouse (Kyle Schmid). The show also stars Ato Essandoh, Kevin Ryan, Dylan Taylor, Kiara Glasco, Tanya Fischer and Tessa Thompson.
During this recent interview to promote the new show, Anastasia Griffith talked about what made her want to be a part of this story, the extent of the research she did for the role, how she decided on what accent to use, how much the costumes and sets help her get into character, the possible love triangle, what kind of life she might have had in the 1860′s, how familiar she was with the previous work of Barry Levinson and Tom Fontana, and what she hopes audiences take away from the show. Check out what she had to say after the jump.
The BBC America drama series Copper – from Academy Award-winner Barry Levinson, Emmy-winner Tom Fontana and Academy Award-nominee Will Rokos – is set in 1864, at a time when disorder and mayhem were the law of the land, and New York City was filled with intrigue, corruption, mystery and murder. Actor Tom Weston-Jones (MI-5) plays Detective Kevin Corcoran, a rugged Irish immigrant cop, who seeks justice for the powerless in the notorious immigrant neighborhood of Five Points. The show also stars Franka Potente, Anastasia Griffith, Kyle Schmid, Ato Essandoh, Kevin Ryan, Dylan Taylor, Kiara Glasco, Tanya Fischer and Tessa Thompson.
In this exclusive interview with Collider, Tom Weston-Jones talked about how he came to be a part of the show, the physical challenges of the role, the cinematic feel and detail, adapting to the style of dialogue and accent, the moral ambiguity of the characters, how supportive and collaborative the cast is of each other, and how he’s hoping he’ll get to explore the character for future seasons. Check out what he had to say after the jump.
We’ve already journeyed into the historical Five Points neighborhood of New York City in Martin Scorsese’s fantastic film Gangs of New York, but now BBC America will venture even deeper in the same location and time with their first original scripted drama series called Copper. Tom Fantana (Oz) and Will Rokos (Southland) co-created the series with filmmaker Barry Levinson (Rain Man) and executive in charge of Mad Men, Christina Wayne, executive producing the series which follows a young Irish cop in the Five Points Irish neighborhood of New York City in the 1860’s where he must navigate the unruly and sometimes violent currents of his immigrant neighborhood, while simultaneously interacting with uptown Manhattan high society and the emerging black community in Harlem. Honestly it sounds like a series set in the heart of Scorsese’s film, and that sounds fantastic. Production will begin later this year and the series will premiere on BBC America next summer, so stay tuned as this project develops.