PBS’ Civil War-set drama Mercy Street is shaking things up for round two with hotter romances, intriguing new characters, more scandal, and an extra dose of the suspenseful history that made its freshman season a success.
“This season’s going to be even better,” says executive producer David Zabel. “We’ve figured out what works well on the show, so we’re able to write to our strengths and dive right into it.”
PBS has ordered another season of Civil War drama Mercy Street.
Grab your Southern-style biscuits and Yankee baked beans because it’s time to settle into the very last episode of Mercy Street. It was an hour that somehow felt slower than previous episodes, but not in a bad way: By taking immense care to flesh out some of the personality traits we’ve seen from characters throughout the season, we’re left with an immense sense of the way the Civil War has and forever will shape their behaviors, loyalties, sensibilities, and affections.
Though the primary charm of Mercy Street has been its focus on ordinary people immersed in historic events, “The Dead Room” effortlessly folded in a surprise appearance from a notable historic figure in way that might have a chilling — actually, make that downright shocking — effect on next week’s finale.
Southern belles are supposed to be flirtatious, beautiful, and coy. Note that the term “clever” isn’t usually included in that description, but Emma is that and more this episode, revealing that she’s able to keep and play a part in complicated secrets.
Sometimes it really is all about the clothes. The way a pair of high heels makes you stand up a bit straighter; the way a well-cut jacket can make you feel ready to take on the world. Clothing has always been a form of expression, a way to inform the world about your status, class, or culture — and in wartime, your loyalty.
Readers, thanks for sharing your thoughts with us last week. Due to your feedback, we will be recapping Mercy Street for the whole series.
Do you count yourself a longtime fan of history-heavy films? Are you obsessed with period drama? Maybe you’re the type who’s never missed a single series premiere on PBS. In any case, somehow you’ve found yourself settled in with Mercy Street, a Civil War-set medical drama that’s the first original American series to premiere on PBS in years.
Josh Radnor has relocated from CBS to PBS — and to the 19th century: The How I Met Your Mother alum returns to TV by starring as an arrogant, innovative surgeon working at a Union Army hospital in the Civil War-set drama Mercy Street (debuting Sunday at 10 p.m.).
Welcome to This Week in TV, a new weekly feature in which we spotlight the series debuting or returning to air. Set your DVRs and alarms: Below are the highlights for the next seven days.Monday, January 11
SPECIALSThe Marijuana Revolution (History, 9 p.m.) The drug has had a tumultuous relationship with the U.S., but History is looking past the haze by investigating the new marijuana industry as the drug continues to enter legal markets across the country.
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