BBC America cancels ‘Copper’

Copper fails to compete with Orphan Black interest.

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Copper, the first original scripted-drama for BBC America has been cancelled by the network after two series.

The period drama starring Tom Weston-Jones (Spooks) and created by Tom Fontana and Will Rokos ended it’s second series with a moderately rated finale on Sept. 22.

“Copper has been a fascinating and exciting experience for everyone involved,” said BBC America general manager Perry Simon.

“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.”

Canadian broadcaster Shaw Media, which co-produced the series with Cineflix Studio’s for BBC America, also confirmed that the Toronto-shot drama has been cancelled after its second season.

BBC America co-produces several projects with U.K. studios, however, Orphan Black, starring Tatiana Maslany currently stands as its sole scripted commission which is about to begin in the UK on BBC Three on the 20th September. The second season is about to begin filming in the US.