PBS Cancels ‘MERCY STREET’ After Two Seasons
PBS announced that their Civil War era drama MERCY STREET has been cancelled after two seasons, citing “funding and the complicated nature of aligning production timelines.”
The series followed doctors, nurses, soldiers, as well as free, enslaved and contraband African Americans just south of the Mason Dixon Line, in Alexandria, Virginia, during the Civil War. Starring Josh Radnor and Mary Elizabeth Winstead.
The first season reached 14 million viewers in just six episodes, making it the the second highest-rated drama for the 2015-16 TV season on PBS, behind Downton Abbey. Season 2 premiered on January 22 and ended on March 5, attracted 6.5 million for the first three episodes.
David Zucker, Executive Producer said:
“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.”
David Zabel, Executive Producer said:
“Together, we delivered twelve hours of compelling and worthwhile storytelling which we all take pride in. 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, Zucker of Scott Free, Lisa Q. Wolfinger and Zabel.