PBS isn’t really known for its original dramas, but it makes
sense that the network’s first in over a decade will focus on Civil War
America. “Mercy Street,” which takes audiences to a Union Army hospital in war-torn Virginia, stars Josh Radnor as privileged Southern contract surgeon Jedediah
Foster and Mary Elizabeth Winstead as feisty New England nurse Mary
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.”
The series will run in six parts alongside the final season
of “Downton Abbey” on Masterpiece.
“Mercy Street” premieres January 17 on PBS. Take a
look at the trailer above, and a behind the scenes clip below.