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.
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.