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'Copper' Debuts This Weekend

For a weekend in the middle of August, there's an unusual amount of new episodes this weekend with the premieres of some shows and the finales of others.

Perhaps the most notable debut is BBC America's "Copper," which debut Sunday at 10 p.m. The series is notable for a couple of reasons: it's the first original drama that BBC America has produced (rather than have it imported from England) and it's set in America.

Created by Tom Fontana and Barry Levinson, the same team that created "Homicide: Life on the Streets," "Copper" echoes everything from "The Shield" to "Deadwood" as it follows an Irish cop named Kevin Corcoran (Tom Weston-Jones), who keeps the streets of New York City clean in 1864 his own way -- more of a shoot-first-ask-questions-later kind of cop.

But Corcoran is basically an honest guy with a loyal crew backing him up. He's back in the city after serving in the Union Army to search for the person who killed his daughter and kidnapped his wife.

Meanwhile, Corcoran stumbles upon a young girl forced into child prostitution -- and is coveted by some powerful men. Simply pulling her out of the brothel and arresting the man who essentially owns her isn't enough for Corcoran to keep her safe.

I've seen the first two episodes of "Copper," and it's a well-done, great-looking series. It doesn't have a big name star, which helps give the series a more authentic feel to it. And, it's another thing to jam up your DVR on a busy Sunday night.

WEEKEND'S BEST BETS: The busy weekend starts off tonight with the return of cable series' "Boss" (STARZ, 10 p.m.) and "Strike Back" (Cinemax, 10 p.m.)

On Saturday, BBC America airs another "Doctor Who" related special, "The Timey Wimey of Doctor Who" at 9 p.m., which explores the show's time travel aspects. It's followed by "The Nerdist," which looks at the science behind time travel.

On Sunday, it's the season finale for "Political Animals" (USA, 10 p.m.) I stuck it out because it was a miniseries, but the soap opera aspects and unrealistic politics killed the show for me. And the "game-changer" in the finale seems to come completely from left field as a way of resetting the show.

Also ending for the season is the very solid "Falling Skies" (TNT, 9 p.m.) as the 2nd Mass members try to make contact with the Skitter rebels. It follows a new "Leverage" and is followed by "The Great Escape" at 10 p.m.

Did you see that the cops are after a guy in Alabama named Walter White for cooking meth in real life? I doubt he's as entertaining as the fictional Walter (Bryan Cranston) on "Breaking Bad" (AMC, 10 p.m.), following a new "Hell of Wheels."

On the pay cable, also winding down is the disappointing "The Newsroom" (HBO, 10 p.m.), following a new "True Blood" at 9 p.m. Showtime has a new "Weeds" and "Episodes" from 10-11 p.m.

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