BBC America has made it official, renewing its first original scripted series, Copper, for a second season. The news comes ahead of the period drama’s Season 1 finale Sunday. The channel has ordered 13 episodes for Copper, which is produced by Cineflix Studios, vs. 10 for its freshman season. It marked BBC America and Cineflix’s first original scripted series. “Copper has proven to be a perfect fit for the channel,” said Perry Simon, General Manager, Channels, BBC Worldwide America.
The series, which centers on an Irish immigrant cop (Tom Weston-Jones) in 1864 New York, premiered in August with 1.1 million total viewers, the largest audience ever for a BBC America series debut. It is the network’s highest-rated drama to date, averaging over one million viewers a week. The series is created by Tom Fontana and Will Rokos. Season one executive producers include Barry Levinson, Fontana, Rokos, Christina Wayne, Jim Finnerty, Sherri Rufh, Sam Berliner, Sally Catto and Katherine Buck. In addition to Copper returning in 2013, BBC America’s second original scripted series Orphan Black, starring Tatiana Maslany, is set to premiere in Spring 2013.