Yesterday over on WarmingGlow, I wrote about the 15 Most Anticipated Shows of the Summer. I did not include “True Blood.” You know exactly why so don’t make me have to explain it to you (and yes, Sarah will be covering the crap out of it for those of you with unhealthy addictions to televisual soft-core vampire porn). The top three shows are fairly obvious, but the Dark Horse candidate of the summer has to be “Copper,” the first original program on BBC America. Why? It comes from Tom Fontana, who runs in the same TV circles as David Simon, and was a writer and/or creator on shows like “Oz,” “Homicide: Life on the Streets,” and “St. Elsewhere.”
The show, which debuts in August, centers an Irish immigrant cop trying to keep the peace in the historical Five Points neighborhood in 1860s New York City while searching for information on the disappearance of his wife and death of his daughter. It’s suppose to be thematically rich, focusing on social stratification and racial issues in nearly post-Civil War New York City. It actually sounds better than it looks in the trailer, but it gets an immediate season pass from me because it also stars Franka Potente. Unfortunately, the music in this trailer is dreadful.