PBS Ends Mercy Street

Posted by at 3:48 pm on March 10, 2017

PBS has cancelled Mercy Street will not be back for a third season, PBS and producers announced days after airing the Civil War era drama’s Season 2 finale, they would not be a third season. The network citied funding and “the complicated nature of aligning production timelines.”

PBS’ first original American drama in more than a decade, Mercy Street followed doctors, nurses, soldiers, as well as free, enslaved and contraband African Americans just south of the Mason Dixon Line, in Alexandria, VA, during the Civil War. Josh Radnor starred as Dr. Jedediah Foster and Mary Elizabeth Winstead as Nurse Mary Phinney.

“We sought to bring a time and place to life that is so important to understanding American history, and in a way that was meaningful, authentic and entertaining, EP David Zucker said of the series.

“Together, we delivered twelve hours of compelling and worthwhile storytelling which we all take pride in,” added EP David Zabel. “It was five years in the making and we are grateful to PBS for its loyal support.”

Mercy Street was executive produced by Ridley Scott (The Martian, Gladiator, The Good Wife); Zucker (BrainDead, The Good Wife, The Man in the High Castle) of Scott Free; Lisa Q. Wolfinger (Desperate Crossing, the Untold Story of the Mayflower) and Zabel (ER).

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