Rookie Blue (formerly known as Copper) to premiere June 24

From a media release:


  • Canwest Commissioned Series to Air Thursdays – 9pm ET/PT Starting June 24
  • Starring Missy Peregrym (Reaper, Heroes) and Gregory Smith (Everwood)
  • From Executive Producers Tassie Cameron and Ilana Frank
  • Produced by E1 Entertainment and Thump Inc.

Canwest and ABC today announced scheduling details for Rookie Blue, the latest homegrown series to be picked up for broadcast in the United States.

Premiering Thursday, June 24 – 9pm ET/PT in simulcast on Global and ABC, this highly-anticipated original series is a one-hour, 13-part drama that follows the lives of five inexperienced rookies thrown into the world of big city policing – where even the smallest mistake can have life-or-death consequences.

Commissioned by Canwest and picked up by ABC Television Network during development last year, Rookie Blue (previously titled Copper) was developed by Thump Inc. and produced in partnership with leading indie studio and distributor, E1 Entertainment.

Rookie Blue features a stellar lineup of Canadian talent including Missy Peregrym (Reaper, Heroes) as eager Andy McNally; Gregory Smith (Everwood) as thrill-seeker Dov Epstein; Charlotte Sullivan (M.V.P.) as ambitious Gail Peck; Enuka Okuma (24) as feisty Traci Nash; and Travis Milne (My Green House) as police poster-boy Chris Diaz.

The series also stars Ben Bass (Would Be Kings) as Detective Sam Swarek; Eric Johnson (Smallville) as Detective Luke Callaghan; Matt Gordon (Rent-A-Goalie) as Oliver Shaw; Noam Jenkins (Flashpoint) as Jerry Barber; and Melanie Nicholls King (The Wire) as Noelle Williams.

In this sexy, high-stakes drama, the young group of 20-something officers carry big guns and even bigger emotional baggage. Rookie Blue examines the trials and triumphs, competition and camaraderie of this rookie family who are about to learn that no amount of training can prepare them for this job – or for life. At the core of the group is Andy McNally (Peregrym), an ambitious rookie who was raised by her cop father. Andy’s unstable childhood left her searching for a family, which she finds in her fellow rookies. Despite her strong instincts and convictions, few see Andy for who she really is: a vulnerable girl who is trying too hard to appear invincible for the sake of her fellow officers, her father and for herself.

Shot entirely on location in Toronto, Rookie Blue is executive produced by award-winning Tassie Cameron (Flashpoint), Ilana Frank (The Eleventh Hour, Would Be Kings), Noreen Halpern (Hung, Haven), John Morayniss (Hung, Haven) and David Wellington (The Eleventh Hour, Would Be Kings).

Rookie Blue will be launched in Canada with an extensive and innovative marketing campaign – details to be announced in the coming weeks.


4 thoughts on “Rookie Blue (formerly known as Copper) to premiere June 24”

  1. I loved the name ‘Copper.’ If the name change is any indication, this show could be in trouble.

  2. What’s in a name? The name change just makes it easier for people to quickly understand what the show’s about. Copper is an element on the periodic table; a metal used for making pipes and pennies, or a really bad beer brewed by Labatt’s in the early 90’s!

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