BBC America has ordered its first original scripted series, “Copper,” from Barry Levinson (“Homicide: Life on the Street,” “Oz,” “Good Morning, Vietnam,” “Ran Man,” “You Don’t Know Jack”) and Tom Fontana (“Homicide: Life on the Street,” “Oz,” “St. Elsewhere”).

“Copper,” captures the immigrant experience in 19th century New York City through the eyes of a young Irish cop. It’s set to debut in the summer of ’12.

‘The show maintains our UK connectivity” and allows the network to cast actors from both sides of the Atlantic, BBCA general manager Perry Simon told TV critics and columnists and bloggers at Summer TV Press Tour 2011.

“I didn’t want our first original series to be the London cop who got transferred to Las Vegas. I really couldn’t do it,” Simon joked.

Simon, a longtime NBC programming executive, has a long relationship with Levinson and Fontana; he was head of drama series development at NBC during its “Homicide” years, and was head of Viacom’s TV production when that division took over production on their HBO series “Oz.”

BBC America’s “Copper” is being produced by Canadian company Cineflix Studios, whose executives include Christina Wayne, the former senior vp of scripted series at AMC networks, where she shepherded two of its most successful series, “Mad Men” and “Breaking Bad.” Wayne is one of the producers of BBCA’s “Copper.”