'Copper' Canceled by BBC America


Copper cast


After two seasons and 23 episodes, BBC America has decided to leave the past in the past.

'Copper' premiered on the cable network last year, to very respectable numbers and quality critical buzz. While a second season pick-up wasn't surprising, 'Copper' was unable to sustain and/or build on those initially promising stats. When you add in the fact that BBC America's other original scripted drama 'Orphan Black' has done nothing but increase its profile, it's not too hard to understand why the channel has opted to cancel the underdog and focus on further promoting its shining star.

Another factor in the decision is that the upcoming season two finale is supposed to wrap up most of 'Copper's lingering plot threads, leading BBC America to see an opportunity to conclude the underperforming series in an at least mostly satisfactory way.

Copper cast 2

BBC America exec Perry Simon made the following statement - "Copper has been a fascinating and exciting experience for everyone involved. The opportunity to work with Tom Fontana, Barry Levinson, Will Rokos, Thomas Kelly and the extraordinary cast and crew on this journey is one that we are extremely proud of. Their vision to retell the immigrant experience through the melting pot of New York City was an original and fresh idea that melded well with the essence of BBC America's programming. After 23 episodes, with Lincoln dead and the nation starting to heal, it seems a fitting moment to conclude this American story."

Season two of 'Copper' made valiant efforts to increase its audience share, including bringing in quality actors like Donal Logue, Alfre Woodard, and Billy Baldwin to round out the cast. Sadly for fans, it just wasn't enough to save the show. If it's any consolation, 'Copper' has remained a critical darling to the end, if not to the extent it was in the first season. The short-lived drama now joins the long, long list of well-made programs that just couldn't catch on with the audience at large.

The season (and now series) finale of 'Copper' airs Sunday, Sept. 22 at 10/9c.

- BBC America
- Copper

Written by: msd85
Sep 19th, 2013, 1:26 pm

Images courtesy of BBC America


Level 1 (3%)
Since: 10/Aug/13
Message Posted On Oct 23rd, 2013, 1:39 pm

Shows I can't stand like Gray's and House make it for years.  Copper and the US shows I like never last.  My kids want to know why I will not pay to have cable or a TV anymore because I'm not going to support the c--p they put on TV anymore.  Nothing in US worth my time or money.  I download ever thing with my computer and have never been happer.  I get TV and movies from around the world without adds for less than basic cabile in the states.


Level 1 (3%)
Since: 22/Jun/13
Message Posted On Sep 28th, 2013, 1:51 am

Sad to hear it ended.Well worth the blanketing ads I saw in Manhattan before it premiered.BBC America could've comfortably managed 2 more seasons.And to think some boring crap shows manage 6 or 7 seasons,I don't understand.


Level 1 (51%)
Since: 06/Nov/06
Message Posted On Sep 21st, 2013, 9:56 am

Gah sad news. Loved the show


Level 1 (49%)
Since: 16/May/13
Message Posted On Sep 21st, 2013, 2:15 am

So love this show, stumbled on it by accident during season one and it's great, a shame but it would be worse to drag it out and have it end up being awful like other shows, still sad to see it go all the same. :(


Message Posted On Sep 20th, 2013, 11:52 pm
Shame on you this is the best program on BBC that I have seen in a long time you really need to reconsider the show copper it is so much better than the other programs that you are showing on BBC. You need to bring copper back copper is only reason I'm watching the BBC . This is a huge loss to the individuals who enjoy the show but even more so it's gonna be a bigger loss to you because more people will stop watching PBS

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Since: 03/Apr/12
Message Posted On Sep 20th, 2013, 7:17 pm

Just wanted to add BBC America has nothing to do with the UK BBC.

tiny tich

Message Posted On Sep 19th, 2013, 10:38 pm
im across the pond in the uk and ive seen copper and i think its such a shame to end ...i think its fair to say this wont be the last comment on ere ,,,recondsider not to cancel !!!!!!

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Mood: frustrated
Since: 04/Dec/09
Message Posted On Sep 19th, 2013, 5:09 pm

I thought this 2nd season was REALLY great!!


First the Borgias now Copper!!


SUCKS ...shame  bbc shame!!!


Message Posted On Sep 19th, 2013, 4:27 pm
Good. This latest season just hasn't done it for me. For one thing we are supposed to be against Donovan's plan to tear down one of history's most infamous slums to make way for an aqueduct. In the middle of cholera epidimic brought on by bad water. How opposed to this plan should we be? New York would be better off with Miss Eva's whorehouse than a clean water supply?


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Message Posted On Sep 19th, 2013, 4:04 pm

No, Zootie was correct. I meant to say that it ends on the 22nd. My apologies for the error.

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