Mercy Street TV Series Overview (2016-2017)


Introduction

Mercy Street is an American period medical drama television series created by Lisa Wolfinger and David Zabel.

Outline

The series follows the lives of two volunteer nurses on opposing sides of the American Civil War – New England abolitionist Mary Phinney and Confederate supporter Emma Green – who work at the Mansion House Hospital in Alexandria, Virginia.

Cast

  • McKinley Belcher III as Samuel Diggs.
  • Suzanne Bertish as Matron Brannan.
  • Norbert Leo Butz as Doctor Byron Hale.
  • L. Scott Caldwell as Belinda Gibson.
  • Gary Cole as James Green, Sr.
  • Jack Falahee as Frank Stringfellow.
  • Peter Gerety as Doctor Alfred Summers.
  • Shalita Grant as Aurelia Johnson (season 1).
  • Hannah James as Emma Green.
  • Brad Koed as James Green, Jr.
  • Luke Macfarlane as Chaplain Henry Hopkins.
  • Cameron Monaghan as Tom Fairfax (season 1).
  • Donna Murphy as Jane Green.
  • Josh Radnor as Doctor Jed Foster.
  • AnnaSophia Robb as Alice Green.
  • Tara Summers as Anne Hastings.
  • Wade Williams as Silas Bullen.
  • Mary Elizabeth Winstead as Mary Phinney.
  • Owen Teague as Otis.
  • Patina Miller as Charlotte Jenkins (season 2).
  • Brían F. O’Byrne as Allan Pinkerton (season 2).
  • William Mark McCullough as Larkin (season 2).
  • Brannon Cross as Detective #2 (season 2).

Production

The series was created by Lisa Wolfinger and David Zabel and inspired by memoirs and letters of actual doctors and female nurse volunteers at Mansion House Hospital. The production consulted a number of experts, including James M. McPherson and Doctor Stanley Burns, for historical and medical accuracy. Doctor Burns’ The Burns Archive has a collection of photographs of wounded soldiers and operations, which helped inspire the show.

The show was filmed in Richmond and Petersburg, Virginia, largely in the Petersburg Old Town Historic District. Between 250-300 extras were employed for each episode, pulled in equal parts from local theatre around the Richmond region, and first timers alike.

Release

The series has received generally positive reviews from critics.

Trivia

  • The first season of six episodes premiered on-demand on January 14, 2016 and made its broadcast debut on 17 January 2016 on PBS with 3.3 million viewers.
  • PBS announced in early March 2016 that Mercy Street had been renewed for a second season which premiered on 22 January 2017.
  • On 09 March 2017, PBS cancelled the series after two seasons.

Mercy Street Series

Production & Filming Details

  • Director(s):
    • Roxann Dawson … (3 episodes, 2016).
    • Jeremy Webb … (3 episodes, 2016).
    • Stephen Cragg … (2 episodes, 2017).
    • Laura Innes … (2 episodes, 2017).
    • Alex Zakrzewski … (2 episodes, 2017).
  • Producer(s):
    • Clayton Krueger … co-executive producer (12 episodes, 2016-2017).
    • Jason Richman … consulting producer (12 episodes, 2016-2017).
    • David A. Rosemont … producer (12 episodes, 2016-2017).
    • Lisa Quijano Wolfinger … executive producer (12 episodes, 2016-2017).
    • David Zabel … executive producer (12 episodes, 2016-2017).
    • Karen Mayeda Vranek … co-producer (6 episodes, 2016).
    • Ridley Scott … executive producer (6 episodes, 2016).
    • David W. Zucker … executive producer (6 episodes, 2016).
    • Erin Mitchell … co-producer (6 episodes, 2017).
  • Writer(s):
    • Lisa Quijano Wolfinger … (created by) (12 episodes, 2016-2017).
    • Lisa Quijano Wolfinger … (story by) (12 episodes, 2016-2017).
    • David Zabel … (created by) (12 episodes, 2016-2017).
    • David Zabel … (written by) (12 episodes, 2016-2017).
    • David Zabel … (story by) (12 episodes, 2016-2017).
    • David Zabel … (teleplay by) (12 episodes, 2016-2017).
    • Jason Richman … (written by) (4 episodes, 2016-2017).
    • Walon Green … (written by) (2 episodes, 2017).
    • Rob Hanning … (written by) (1 episode, 2016).
    • Alex Metcalf … (written by) (1 episode, 2016).
  • Music:
    • David Buckley … (12 episodes, 2016-2017).
  • Cinematography:
    • Feliks Parnell … (3 episodes, 2016).
    • Stephen St. John … (3 episodes, 2016).
    • Cort Fey … (2 episodes, 2017).
  • Editor(s):
    • Tod Feuerman … (4 episodes, 2016).
    • Sue Blainey … (2 episodes, 2016).
    • David Lebowitz … (2 episodes, 2017).
  • Production:
    • Lone Wolf Media.
    • Scott Free Productions.
  • Distributor(s):
    • ACE Entertainment (2017) (France) (all media).
    • Public Broadcasting Service (PBS) (2016) (USA) (TV).
    • Drama (2017) (UK) (TV).
    • UKTV (2017) (UK) (all media).
    • U-Next (2020) (Japan) (video) (internet).
  • Release Date:
    • Series 01: 17 January 2016 to 21 February 2016.
      • Episode 01: 14 January 2016 (on demand) and 17 January 2016 (broadcast).
    • Series 02: 22 January 2017 to 05 March 2017.
  • Running Time: 54 minutes.
  • Rating: 15.
  • Country: UK.
  • Language: English.

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