Showcase and BBC America cancel Copper

The move comes as a blow to the New York-based scripted production arm of Cineflix Media, which bet heavily on the BBC America series to open the way for additional global dramas on its slate.
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Showcase is cancelling Cineflix Studios’ U.S. Civil War-era drama Copper after two seasons.

The confirmation from Shaw Media came Thursday as BBC America, which provided the bulk of financing for Copper, also said it will end its own broadcast of the Toronto-shot drama after the second season.

“After 23 episodes, with Lincoln dead and the nation starting to heal, it seems a fitting moment to conclude this American story,” BBC America said Thursday in a statement.

Cineflix launched its scripted division, New York-based Cineflix Studios, in 2010, with Copper as the first scripted production out of the gate for BBC America. Cineflix reported a production spend of $30.5 million on the series’ first season, according to Playback‘s 2012 indie production survey of 2011 production activity.

Showcase airs the period drama on Sunday nights at 9 p.m.

BBC America is doing well ratings-wise with another Canadian drama, the Tatiana Maslany-starrer Orphan Black.

Shaw Media cancelling Copper follows a deal by Amazon’s Lovefilm for the exclusive streaming rights to the period drama created by Tom Fontana and Will Rokos.