News Briefs: BBC America Renews Copper for Season 2

By Tim Surette

Oct 19, 2012


... BBC America, an American arm of the British network giant, has renewed its drama Copper, about an Irish cop in 1864 America, that's filmed in Canada. It's a wonderful international production that speaks the same language: drinking lots of beer. [BBC America via press release]


... The creators of Hell on Wheels have sold a new drama project to... anyone? Take a guess? The network that is buying everything these days? Yes, NBC. The untitled series would follow a guy fresh out of college who joins an organized crime syndicate. Just like when my friend got a job at Fannie Mae as a recent college graduate. [Deadline Hollywood]

... Former Desperate Housewives showrunner Bob Daily is adapting the British series Rev for 'Merica. Daily's version will see a priest go from a small Wisconsin parish to running an inner-city, multi-cultural church in Chicago. The original British version won the BAFTA award in 2011 for best sitcom, meaning the American version will be extra terrible by comparison. [Deadline Hollywood]

... Comedy Central has ordered Triptank, a weekly collection of animated shorts done in various styles. Right now it's scheduled to air eight episodes next fall. [Comedy Central via press release]


... Critical darling Nashville scared all the precious TV bloggers on the internet when it posted disappointing numbers in its second outing. Only 6.74 million viewers tuned in, clocking in a 2.0 rating in the 18-49 demo. That's down from the respectable 2.8 it put up last week. Hopefully Juliette Barnes writes a song about drinking because of this. But seriously, folks, this show is too good to do this poorly. [TV By the Numbers]


... The jokester who put his penis inside a box and got famous for it has a new gig. Andy Samberg, formerly of the comedy classic That's My Boy, has signed on to star in an untitled cop comedy from a pair of Parks and Recreation producers. Meanwhile, I put my penis in things and all I get is a fine and some tiny human begging me for food! What gives, fate? [Deadline Hollywood]

... Kevin Dunn, last seen huffing Oxygen in a wheelchair in HBO's Luck, will recur on the next season of Veep. He'll play the president's chief of staff and say funny things. [Deadline Hollywood]

... Congratulations, Body of Proof. It's a brotha! Henry Ian Cusick, who played Desmond on Lost, will guest-star on Scandal. He'll play a shrink who's being watched by Megan and Tommy. [EW]

... Brendan Fraser has conquered the big screen, and now he'll bring the skillz he learned in George of the Jungle and Encino Man to television! He's been cast as the lead in the TNT pilot Legends, about a secret operative who's a master at changing identities... but may not even be who he thinks he is. [THR]

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  • hockeyrick Oct 20, 2012

    The League!!!!!

    best comedy!!!!!!!!

  • JT_Kirk Oct 20, 2012

    Good ol' Comedy Central, creating new shows for Tosh to call out as canceled during his own. Seriously, why do they keep trying to do shorts shows only to have to can them later? It's never worked, whether stand-up based or not ("Shorties Watching Shorties"), and it usually comes off embarrassingly lame ("Mash Up").

    Brendan Fraser plays the same type of guy in everything, so naturally they cast him in a show about changing? Weird.

  • klotensen Oct 19, 2012

    Copper rocks!

    Watch it people!

    Same with Boss BTW ...

  • Whedonrules Oct 19, 2012

    Good news for "Copper", once of the most pleasant surprises of this season.

  • Acrobit Oct 19, 2012

    I watched Nashville both episodes, pretty much out of love for Connie Britton. I'll give it at least the four episodes, and consider my love paid in full. These networks can try all damn day, but they're just not gonna sell country to us unless we're already country. And even then, I'm just guessing.

  • ToddMurray Oct 19, 2012

    Really enjoy Copper, so very happy about that!

    Brendan Fraser show - a secret operative who changes identities but may not be who he thinks he is. This sounds like a spot on remake of Christian Slater's My Own Worst Enemy.

  • graindesable Oct 19, 2012

    Good news for Copper !

  • StickBoySalad Oct 19, 2012

    Every year there seems to be at least one show that EVERYONE loves but just bores me to death. That was Nashville for me this year. I couldn't get past the first ten minutes. Just didn't care. If everyone who is not a critic feels the same way, I expect the numbers to keep dropping.

  • scyfymum2 Oct 19, 2012

    There's also the shows everybody hates but you love.

  • fernkelsey Oct 19, 2012

    You mean Desmond will guest star on Body of Proof...he got unceremoniously kicked off of Scandal and (SPOILER) killed :( on Fringe.

  • KeithStammer Oct 19, 2012

    Brendan Fraser being serious + the description of that show = hope for a good show tinged with doubt that it will fail.

    I'll still check it out all the same, if it comes to fruition.

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