Mercy (TV series)
Mercy title card
|Created by||Liz Heldens|
Jaime Lee Kirchner
|Opening theme||"Better Get Right" by Devin Moore|
|Country of origin||United States|
|No. of seasons||1|
|No. of episodes||22 (List of episodes)|
|Executive producer(s)||Gail Berman
Gretchen J. Berg
Adam Bernstein (pilot only)
|Production company(s)||Universal Media Studios
Open 4 Business Productions
|Distributor||NBCUniversal Television Distribution|
|Original run||September 23, 2009 – May 12, 2010|
Mercy is a medical drama which aired on NBC from September 23, 2009 to May 12, 2010. The series initially aired on Wednesday nights at 8/7c, as part of the 2009 fall season, but was pushed back to 9/8c in April.
On October 23, 2009, Mercy was picked up for a full twenty-two-episode first season. On May 14, 2010, NBC announced that Mercy had been cancelled and would not return for a second season due to low ratings.
Mercy is an ensemble drama set in the fictional Mercy Hospital in Jersey City, New Jersey. The show focuses on the lives of three nurses. Veronica Flanagan Callahan is a nurse who has just returned from a tour of duty in Iraq, while Sonia Jimenez, her best friend, has become seriously involved with a police officer, and Chloe Payne is a recent nursing graduate who is thrown into the world of nursing and is unprepared for what it entails.
Cast and characters
Main cast and characters
- Taylor Schilling as Veronica Agnes Flanagan Callahan
- Michelle Trachtenberg as Chloe Payne
- Jaime Lee Kirchner as Sonia Jimenez
- James Tupper as Dr. Chris Sands
- Diego Klattenhoff as Mike Callahan
- Guillermo Díaz as Ángel García
- James LeGros as Dr. Dan Harris
Recurring cast and characters
- David Call as Paul Kempton
- Delroy Lindo as Dr. Alfred Parks
- Kate Mulgrew as Jeannie Flanagan
- Peter Gerety as Jim Flanagan
- Michael Chernus as Ryan Flanagan
- Charlie Semine as Nick Valentino
- K.K. Moggie as Dr. Gillian Jelani
- Margo Martindale as Helen Klowden
- Jill Flint as Simone Sands
- James Van Der Beek as Dr. Joe Briggs, new Chief of the ICU
- Mary Stuart Masterson as Dr. Denise Cabe
- Kelly Bishop as Lauren Kempton
Development and production
NBC producer Jim Bigwood selected the warehouse at 10 Enterprise Avenue in Secaucus, New Jersey as the filming location for the series. The show occasionally also filmed inside a private residence in Weehawken, New Jersey. The production left New Jersey for New York in 2010, however, when New Jersey Governor Chris Christie suspended the tax credits for film and television production for the Fiscal Year 2011 to close budget gaps.
Some interior shots for the show were filmed in the unused Barnert Hospital in Paterson, New Jersey. Exterior shots of Mercy Hospital were taken of the back side of a public school on 4th street (between Newark Ave. and Colgate St.) in Jersey City, New Jersey. The exterior of Lucky 7's Bar was filmed at a location on the corner of 2nd and Coles Street in Jersey City. The interior of the bar was the Park Tavern located on West Side Avenue off Communipaw Avenue in Jersey City. The exterior shots of The Red Fox Saloon were filmed at the Monaghan House in South Amboy, New Jersey. The interior shots of the Saloon were filmed at Ted's Bar in the Morgan area of Sayreville, New Jersey.
On May 14, 2010, NBC announced that Mercy had been canceled and would not return for a second season due to low ratings.
Mercy received a score of 41 out of 100 from the review aggregator Metacritic. Reviews were mixed, although most critics panned the show. Matthew Gilbert, from The Boston Globe, referred to the medical drama as "a bunch of played-out hospital clichés" and said it "follows the hospital melodrama blueprint way too closely." Similarly, a review in The Hollywood Reporter calls the show "just another hospital soap opera" and "a lethal cocktail of virtually every medical drama ever seen on TV". Matt Roush of TV Guide wrote "Nurses deserve better than this ludicrous potboiler". Several critics have referred to Mercy as a weak copy of Showtime's Nurse Jackie.
The show's writing has been criticized as "twisting itself into a pretzel to provide ironies," and a review by Maureen Ryan of the Chicago Tribune states that "all the characters are so thinly drawn." In a review in the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, Rob Owen said the show "hits viewers over the head with its thesis statement that nurses are under-appreciated." Robert Bianco from USA Today stated that "remarkably good actors [are] going to waste here."
On the positive side, in a review in The Daily Telegraph, Rachel Ray found the show "utterly enjoyable" and "marvelous television", while praising the "clicking pace, real-person dialogue, excellent writing, a fresh story line, and thoughtful acting". Noting an effort by NBC to find a replacement for the former standout ER, David Hinckley, from the New York Daily News, favorably compared the two shows and stated that Mercy "comes the closest yet to capturing that chemistry." 
Awards and nominations
|Season||Timeslot (EST)||Season Premiere||Season Finale||TV Season||Rank||Viewers
|1||Wednesday 8/7c (September 23, 2009 - April 21, 2010)
Wednesday 9/8c (April 28, 2010 - May 12, 2010)
|September 23, 2009||May 12, 2010||2009–2010||#76||6.33|
|Name||Region 1||Region 2||Region 4||Discs|
|The Complete Series||August 3, 2010||TBA||September 29, 2010||5|
|This section needs additional citations for verification. (March 2011)|
|Monday 9:30 then 10:30, moved to 7Two on Wednesday 9.30pm then 10:30|
|Austria||ORF 1||Monday 9:55pm|
|Wednesday 22:40, vtm
Tuesday, La Une
|Brazil||Liv||Tuesdays 10:00pm, premiered April 13|
|Canada||City||Monday 8:00pm, in simultaneous substitution|
|France||M6||June 12 at 8:50pm|
|Greece||Star Channel||Saturday 6:00pm (double episode)|
|Ireland||RTÉ Two||Monday nights 12:45am (Tuesday Morning)|
|Italy||Mya||Friday 9:00pm, from September 3, 2010|
|Japan||Universal Channel||Saturday 11:00pm|
|Malaysia||Star World||Tuesday 9:00pm|
|Mexico||Canal 5||Weekdays 3:00am–5:00am, from April 1, 2013|
|Netherlands||RTL 5||Thursday 9:25pm|
|New Zealand||FOUR||Monday 9:30pm, from February 7, 2011|
|Philippines||2nd Avenue||Monday 9:00pm–10:00pm (exclusive Philippine Premiere on Ladies Night)|
|Switzerland||TSR||Friday 8:30pm, TSR1|
|South Africa||MNET Series||Monday 9:30pm|
|Ukraine||TRK Ukraina||Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday 11:50pm|
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- "This just in: NBC picks up 'Community,' 'Parks and Recreation,' and 'Mercy' for full seasons". Retrieved 2009-10-23.
- Ausiello, Michael (May 14, 2010). "Breaking: NBC cancels 'Mercy,' 'Trauma'". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved May 14, 2010.
- Wright, E. Assata. "Getting the film crews back to NJ", Hudson Reporter, February 13, 2011
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- Brian Gallagher (June 11, 2009). "EXCLUSIVE: Guillermo Diaz Takes Us Into the World of Weeds". MovieWeb. Retrieved 2009-07-03.
- Brian Stelter (July 10, 2009). "Citing Star’s Condition, NBC Delays ‘Parenthood’". New York Times. Retrieved October 23, 2009.
- Mercy reviews metacritic.com
- Gilbert, Matthew (September 23, 2009). "Nurses need to inject some originality into ‘Mercy’". The Boston Globe. Archived from the original on January 23, 2010. Retrieved January 23, 2010.
- Dawn, Randee (September 22, 2009). "Mercy – TV Review". The Hollywood Reporter. Archived from the original on January 23, 2010. Retrieved January 23, 2010.
- TV Guide September 7-13, 2009 pg.40.
- Bianco, Robert (September 23, 2009). "NBC programmers should show no 'Mercy'". USA Today. Archived from the original on January 23, 2010. Retrieved January 23, 2010.
- Owen, Ro (September 23, 2009). "'Mercy' needs a transfusion, STAT". Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. Archived from the original on January 24, 2010. Retrieved January 24, 2010.
- Ryan, Maureen (September 22, 2009). "Have 'Mercy' on yourself, skip this medical melodrama". Chicago Tribune. Archived from the original on January 24, 2010. Retrieved January 24, 2010.
- Ray, Rachel (September 24, 2009). "Mercy (NBC), review". The Daily Telegraph. Archived from the original on January 23, 2010. Retrieved January 23, 2010.
- Hinckley, David (September 23, 2009). "NBC's 'Mercy' takes great care in showing nursing life". New York Daily News. Archived from the original on January 23, 2010. Retrieved January 23, 2010.
- Gorman, Bill (June 16, 2010). "Final 2009-10 Broadcast Primetime Show Average Viewership". The Futon Critic. Retrieved June 18, 2010.
- LIV o novo canal de entretenimento da Discovery - TV Magazine
- "Ziekenhuisseries Mercy en Trauma nieuw bij RTL 5" (in dutch). Mediacourant.