BBC America original series hails from Fontana, Levinson

BBC America’s first original series, “Copper,” has received an order for a second season.

First season, which ends Sunday, is the cabler’s highest-rated drama in its history, averaging just over 1 million viewers each week live-plus-7 figures are included. “Copper” premiered on Aug. 19 and drew a cumulative total of 2.7 million viewers.

From Cineflix Studios and exec producers Barry Levinson, Tom Fontana, Will Rokos and Christina Wayne, show examines the rough-and-tumble life in Manhattan in 1864. Skein, starring Tom Weston-Jones as a police detective, balances procedural elements along with serialized storytelling.

The two biggest previous Levinson-Fontana television collaborations are NBC’s Baltimore-set “Homicide: Life on the Street” and HBO’s prison drama “Oz.”

Next up for BBC America is “Orphan Black.” Original skein will go into production later this month and will debut in the spring.

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