BBC America has ordered its first original scripted series, Copper, into production, the network announced Thursday during the TCA summer press tour.
Set in the Five Points Irish neighborhood of 1860s New York, Copper centers a young Irish cop who has to navigate the various immigrant communities. The series was co-created by Tom Fontana (OZ, Homicide: Life on the Street, St. Elsewhere) and Will Rokos (Monster's Ball,Southland). Barry Levinson will serve as executive producer.
"Copper is a great fit for BBC America, capturing the early American multicultural experience in provocative, ground-breaking fashion," BBC America general manager Perry Simon said in announcing the pick-up. "In the spirit of great BBC drama it's brimming with fascinating and complex characters giving us the opportunity to cast the best actors from both sides of the Atlantic."
Glen Salzman, CEO of Cineflex, which is producing the series, commented: "BBC America is the ideal home for Copper in the U.S."
The 10-episode first season is expected to premiere in summer 2012.
On Monday, Simon said BBC America had greenlit a pair of unscripted series and begun a development slate but did not disclose the Copper order.