Freedom Looms for Millions In PBS’ Intense ‘Mercy Street’

by Devon Thomas  |  11.04.2016

PBS has released a season-two trailer for Mercy Street, the network’s first original drama series in more than a decade, returning to the network January 22 at 8 p.m. ET.

The second season of this Civil War-era drama continues to explore the growing chaos in Alexandria, Virginia, as allegiances blur and loyalties shift following the January 1863 announcement of the Emancipation Proclamation by President Abraham Lincoln.

Inspired by real events, the series takes viewers beyond the battlefield and into the lives of a distinctive cast of characters including the complicated interpersonal dynamics of Dr. Foster (Josh Radnor), Nurse Mary (Mary Elizabeth Winstead) and the Mansion House staff, the increasingly precarious position of the Green family and the changing predicament of the burgeoning black population.

IndieWire reports that the second season will introduce a number of new elements, taking us closer to the fight and into the halls of Confederate power, all set against the intensifying war, starting with the Seven Days’ Battle and culminating with Antietam.

“We are thrilled with the overwhelmingly positive response to Mercy Street and the return of high-quality American drama on PBS stations,” Beth Hoppe, Chief Programming Officer of PBS told IndieWire. “We’re looking forward to a second season offering more fascinating stories inspired by historical events. The effort from everyone involved, including the producers, directors, historical consultants, actors and PBS stations, resulted in an extraordinary series that exemplifies PBS’ world-class programming.”

Amazon Prime Video is the exclusive premium subscription streaming home for Mercy Street, with each episode available to Prime members in the U.S. seven days after its broadcast on PBS stations.

READ MORE: IndieWire

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