So BBC America has decided to start airing original programs. Copper is about an Irish immigrant in New York city in the mid-1860s whose family dies while he is fighting in the Civil War. When he returns to New York, he becomes a police officer. He's a bit of an antihero in that he's willing to bend a few rules in the pursuit of justice. The show does a good job of exploring the blurry line between good and bad, the differences of abject poverty and wealth during this time period, themes of racism and government corruption.
Anyway, now that I'm done with the description, has anyone seen it? My impression is that it was flat but promising. It's hard to do historical shows that are true to the period because dialog often comes off stilted. Right now, it's the kind of show I can tune into each week and be entertained, but I could easily see myself forgetting to tune in and it'll drop off my radar of shows to watch. However, it's being created by Tom Fontana, who helped create Homicide: Life on the Street, so it has a good pedigree. It's a show that really could do well once it finds its sea legs.