Emmy-Winning Showrunner Tom Fontana Tells Why “Copper” Will Be The Show To Watch

08.16.12 David Lumb and Aymann Ismail

Tom Fontana, creator of HBO’s OZ and writer/producer on a litany of award-winning television like St. Elsewhere, Homicide: Life on the Street, and The Bedford diaries, has a new show airing this Sunday. At its core, Copper is about Kevin Corcoran, Irish cop in NYC who went to fight in the Civil War and came back to find his daughter dead, wife missing, and a crooked city to police. Set in the violent stew of Five Points, the show shares its setting with Scorsese’s “Gangs of New York” but delves deeper into class strife and racial politics as Corcoran descends into a desperate search for his wife. His particular brand of justice and the line he toes between friendship and duty irrelevant of ethnic fidelity make this a very American entry for the first original show by BBC America, known for airing BBC favorites like Downtown Abbey and Sherlock to audiences here in the US.

Copper premieres on Sunday at 10 p.m. EDT, but stay tuned–tomorrow, we’ll share a relaxed chat with the cast over a beer in a classic New York pub…