By Curt Wagner
12:34 PM EDT, April 2, 2012
BBC America has set an Aug. 19 premiere date for its first original drama series, "Copper."
The 10-episode season was created by Tom Fontana ("Oz," "Homicide: Life on the Streets," "St. Elsewhere") and Will Rokos ("Monster's Ball," "Southland"). Barry Levinson ("Good Morning Vietnam," "Rain Man"), Cineflix Media Co-CEO Glen Salzman, Cineflix Studios President Christina Wayne (executive in charge of "Mad Men"), Fontana and Rokos serves executive producers.
The network Monday also announced that Tanya Fischer has joined the cast as hooker Molly Stuart. The series, set in 1860s New York City, tells the story of Kevin Corcoran, an Irish-American cop working the city's Five Points neighborhood while trying to discover who kidnapped his wife and killed his daughter.
Says BBC America: "Corcoran is struggling to maintain his moral compass in a turbulent world, while on an emotional and relentless quest to learn the truth about the disappearance of his wife and the death of his daughter. His friendship with two Civil War compatriots--the wayward son of a wealthy industrialist and an African American physician who secretly assists Corcoran with his detective work--takes him to the contrasting worlds of elegant Fifth Avenue and an emerging African-American community in rural northern Manhattan. The three men share a secret from their experience on the battlefield that inextricably links their lives forever."
Other cast members and their characters include:
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