Mercy, Mercy Me

Well butter my biscuits, there’s a new period drama coming to PBS.


The official synopsis reads: “‘Mercy Street’ follows the lives of two volunteer nurses on opposing sides of the Civil War — New England abolitionist Mary Phinney and Confederate supporter Emma Green. The Green family’s luxury hotel in Alexandria, Virginia, has been transformed into Mansion House, a Union Army hospital tending to the war’s wounded. Inspired by memoirs and letters from real doctors and nurse volunteers at Mansion House Hospital, this new drama reveals the stories of those struggling to save lives while managing their own hardships.”

Mercy Street premiers Sunday, January 17th after Downton Abbey.

Here’s why I am looking forward to trying this show out.

Be civil now

One, it’s a rarity these days to find a period drama set in America; especially one set before the 1900s. I find Civil War history both fascinating and heartbreaking. I imagine we will get plenty of both in this part medical drama and part family drama.

Haaaave you met Ted?


Courtesy of Antony Platt / PBS

Second, one of the first things that jumped out at me when I watched the trailer was Josh Radnor (aka Ted Mosby from How I Met Your Mother) sporting a full beard and looking quite troubled.

In addition I will enjoy seeing Broadway alums Norbert Leo Butz and Donna Murphy on the small screen.

Bonus: Executive producer Ridley Scott. Enough said.

Gone With The Wind factor

Third, I have always had a special place in my heart for Southern Belles, and their fashion, courtesy of Miss Scarlett O’Hara. Here’s hoping for some great costumes complete with giant hoop skirts.

Who will be watching this Sunday? Any Civil War buffs out there?