If you haven’t watched season 1 of BBC America’s Copper, then you have truly been missing out. Following the story of Kevin Corcoran, an Irish immigrant who is a detective in the New York neighborhood of Five Points, Copper is a lot like Law and Order if Law and Order was set in the 1860’s with more bloody violence and a lot more sex. Actually Law and Order looks like a PBS Kids show compared to Copper which is not a bad thing.
While Tom Weston-Jones as Kevin Corcoran, aka ‘Corky’, is the main character, he is surrounded by a host of differing personalities that each bring their own version of dysfunction to the party. Kyle Schmidt (who took at turn onArrow as a member of The Royal Flush Gang) is Robert Morehouse, the well-to-do son of an industrialist who happened to be an officer in the Union Army who served as Corky’s superior. My favorite character, Matthew Freeman, who served with Corky under Morehouse, is played by the talented Ato Essandoh. Anastasia Griffith and Franka Potente (Run Lola Run) play two characters that couldn’t be more different and yet more alike if they tried; the former being the wife of Morehouse and the latter a very business savy brothel madam.
That pretty much sums up season one. It ends up with Corky, in a dark dark place. He’s been looking for his wife all this time, only to find out some not so great news on that end, not to mention his job really sucks. If I dealt with dead almost baby prostitutes right off the bat at the beginning of my TV show I’d probably turn to something mind-altering as well. The second season picks up four months later and brings in some new friends, most notably, Donal Logue as General Brandon Donovan.
If little trailers of season two just aren’t enough for you and you can’t possibly wait a couple of hours to get a look at the season premiere, then you are in luck because BBC America has released the first three minutes of tonight’s show. If it’s any indication of the coming season, we are in for a wild ride.
Copper returns tonight at 10/9 central on BBC America.
Well the second season of the BBC hit Luther(which already aired in the UK) is set to premiere on BBC America tonight, and I can tell you – it’s excellent. If you aren’t familiar with the show, it stars Idris Elba (The Wire) as ‘John Luther’, an English Homicide Detective who often heads up the most gruesome of cases and is dealing with the end of his marriage.
Sounds pretty standard no? Well, it’s not. In fact, it’s extraordinary. The writing, how it’s shot, even the music are all brilliant. And season 1 is available streaming on Netflix. At only 6 episodes, the first season is a quick and easy watch, and it’s one I can’t recommend more highly. I watched it straight though.
So Season 2 makes its American debut tonight, and I meant to get this up sooner so people might have time to get caught up, but I’m a terrible person so here we are. Anyhow, here is some teasers for season 2…
Series 32 of Doctor Who starts on Saturday the 23rd of April, and will be shown on BBC One, BBC One HD and BBC America. And I, for one, am so excited I could wet myself! No, really, I could.
This is all the information I know up to now (no, not just the date, what I am about to impart to you.) There will be a few light spoilers, but not too many as I don’t want to know too much either.
First up is the fact that this years series will be split in two. The first seven episodes will end on what has been promised to be a ‘memorable and shocking cliffhanger’. Then a summer break in July and August before the final six episodes are shown in autumn (or fall, for all you Americans). It is also going to be more dark and spooky. Time to hide behind the sofa?
The first two part story is by Steven Moffat. Episode one is entitled ‘The Impossible Astronaut’ and episode two is ‘Day of The Moon’. It’s set in America in 1969 (there has been filming in Utah and Arizona) and sees the return of River Song (Alex Kingston).
The general plot, as reported by Doctor Who Magazine, goes as follows.
July 1969. Man takes his first, tentative steps on the Moon. That’s one small step for man, one giant leap for… okay, you’ve heard that one before. But a lot more happened on Earth that year than mankind remembers.
Four small TARDIS-blue envelopes. A date, time and map reference. “We’ve been recruited,” ponders River Song. All roads lead to Lake Silencio, in Utah, on one balmy day in April. And an astronaut. An Apollo astronaut in the lake. Impossible? Not today. For the heavens have become a part of man’s world, and this is the day that some one is going to die.
Someone is going to die, and it’s going to be either The Doctor, Amy, Rory or River
Yes, you read that right, one of them will die! Apparently.
Really? Didn’t Rory die last series? You can’t kill The Doctor, surely? River Song seems the most likely candidate, but… really? I guess we’ll just have to wait and see.
All this and, what are being called, the scariest monsters yet! Even more terrifying than the Weeping Angles. And this is just for starters.
Episode three will be ‘The Curse of The Black Spot’. Hugh Bonneville will feature as a pirate captain and Lilly Cole as a mysterious creature that haunts his ship.
Episode four is ‘The Doctor’s Wife’, written by comic legend Neil Gaiman. This is the story they ran out of money for before filming last year. It sees the return of the Ood(the only returning monsters this year).
Episode five – ‘The Rebel Flesh‘ – and episode six – ‘The Almost People‘ – are a two parter, and episode seven (written by Moffat) will be ‘A Good Man Goes to War’.
The only two episode titles, for the second part of the series, so far announced are episode nine (by Mark Gatiss), which will be called ‘What Are Little Boys Made of?‘ and episode eleven, titled ‘The God Complex’, which will see David Walliams (of Little Britain fame) as an alien character called Gibbs.
The other news of the second part of the series is that James Corden and Daisy Haggard will be reprising their roles as Craig Owens and Sophie from last years episode ‘The Lodger’.