'Copper' canceled after two seasons

'Copper' canceled after two seasons

NEW YORK, Sept. 19 (UPI) -- BBC America has decided not to renew its 19th-century, New York-set drama "Copper" for a third season, The Hollywood Reporter said Thursday.
'Oz' stars Tergesen and Walker to reunite on 'Copper'

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LOS ANGELES, March 4 (UPI) -- Former "Oz" inmates Lee Tergesen and Eamonn Walker are to guest star on writer-producer Tom Fontana's latest TV show, "Copper," The Hollywood Reporter said.
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Shooting begins on 1860s-set drama series 'Copper'

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WB censors debut of 'Bedford Diaries'

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Fontana fights censors over new show

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Fox TV pushes change in TV season

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TV's canceled shows and pilots live again

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Tom Fontana
WAP2003052208 - WASHINGTON, May 22 (UPI) -- President and CEO of News Corp., Rupert Murdoch, left, and Dir. of the Consumers Union, Gene Kimmelman, center, listen in as Tom Fontana, right, testifies before the Senate Comm. on Commerce, Science and Transportation on May 22, 2003 in Washington. The hearing dealt with media ownership. mk/Michael Kleinfeld UPI

Tom Fontana (born on September 12, 1951 in Buffalo, New York) is an American writer and producer.

Fontana has been a writer/producer for such series as Oz (which he also created), The Jury, The Beat, The Bedford Diaries, Homicide: Life on the Street, St. Elsewhere, and The Philanthropist.

Fontana was born on the west side of Buffalo, New York, and is the fourth of five children in an Italian-American family; he is a cousin of actress Patti LuPone. He attended Cathedral School, Canisius High School, and Buffalo State College. He worked at the Studio Arena Theater in Buffalo in various capacities before moving to New York City in 1973. Fontana began writing plays when he was about 9 years old. The early efforts were recorded into a reel-to-reel tape recorder with the neighbor kids as performers. At least one of his plays was produced when he was a student at Buffalo State. His college stage debut as an actor was in a production of George Bernard Shaw's Saint Joan, directed by his frequent mentor, Warren Enters. Fontana's efforts as a playwright never proved financially successful. It was while working at the Williamstown Theater Festival in the early 1980s, that he was offered the opportunity to write for television — the offer coming from Bruce Paltrow who was launching a series called St. Elsewhere on NBC.

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