Mercy (TV series)

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Mercy
MercyTC.png
Mercy title card
Genre Medical drama
Created by Liz Heldens
Starring Taylor Schilling
Michelle Trachtenberg
Jaime Lee Kirchner
James Tupper
Diego Klattenhoff
Guillermo Díaz
James LeGros
Opening theme "Better Get Right" by Devin Moore
Composer(s) Wendy Melvoin
Lisa Coleman
Country of origin United States
Original language(s) English
No. of seasons 1
No. of episodes 22 (List of episodes)
Production
Executive producer(s) Gail Berman
Lloyd Braun
Liz Heldens
Gretchen J. Berg
Aaron Harberts
Jim Ellis
Adam Bernstein (pilot only)
Producer(s) Jim Ellis
Matt Ward
James Bigwood
Editor(s) Scott Gamzon
Scott Boyd
Heather MacDougall
Greg D'Auria
Cinematography William Rexer
Production company(s) Universal Media Studios
BermanBraun
Selfish Mermaid
Open 4 Business Productions
Distributor NBCUniversal Television Distribution
Broadcast
Original channel NBC
Original run September 23, 2009 – May 12, 2010
External links
Website

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.[1]

On October 23, 2009, Mercy was picked up for a full twenty-two-episode first season.[2] On May 14, 2010, NBC announced that Mercy had been cancelled and would not return for a second season due to low ratings.[3]

Plot[edit]

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[edit]

Main cast and characters[edit]

(From left to right) Michelle Trachtenberg as Chloe, Taylor Schilling as Veronica, and Jaime Lee Kirchner as Sonia.

Recurring cast and characters[edit]

Episodes[edit]

Development and production[edit]

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.[4]

Some interior shots for the show were filmed in the unused Barnert Hospital in Paterson, New Jersey.[5][6] 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.[5] 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.

Mercy was originally slated to begin midseason but was moved to the fall after the premiere of Parenthood was pushed to 2010 due to production issues.[7]

On May 14, 2010, NBC announced that Mercy had been canceled and would not return for a second season due to low ratings.[3]

Critical reception[edit]

Mercy received a score of 41 out of 100 from the review aggregator Metacritic.[8] 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."[9] 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".[10] Matt Roush of TV Guide wrote "Nurses deserve better than this ludicrous potboiler".[11] Several critics have referred to Mercy as a weak copy of Showtime's Nurse Jackie.[9][10][12][13]

The show's writing has been criticized as "twisting itself into a pretzel to provide ironies,"[10] and a review by Maureen Ryan of the Chicago Tribune states that "all the characters are so thinly drawn."[14] 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."[13] Robert Bianco from USA Today stated that "remarkably good actors [are] going to waste here."[12]after watching the whole season I find it remarkable that this show was compared to nurse Jackie. I couldn't even bare to watch a whole episode of nurse Jackie. Mercy portrays nurses as caring people, who also have lives and issues of their own. While remaining professional people who have moral standards. What a shame this show was shelved.

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".[15] 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." [16]==Critical reception== Mercy received a score of 41 out of 100 from the review aggregator Metacritic.[17] 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."[9] 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".[10] Matt Roush of TV Guide wrote "Nurses deserve better than this ludicrous potboiler".[18] Several critics have referred to Mercy as a weak copy of Showtime's Nurse Jackie.[9][10][12][13]

The show's writing has been criticized as "twisting itself into a pretzel to provide ironies,"[10] and a review by Maureen Ryan of the Chicago Tribune states that "all the characters are so thinly drawn."[14] 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."[13] Robert Bianco from USA Today stated that "remarkably good actors [are] going to waste here."[19] 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."[9] 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".[10] Matt Roush of TV Guide wrote "Nurses deserve better than this ludicrous potboiler".[20] Several critics have referred to Mercy as a weak copy of Showtime's Nurse Jackie.[9][10][12][13]

The show's writing has been criticized as "twisting itself into a pretzel to provide ironies,"[10] and a review by Maureen Ryan of the Chicago Tribune states that "all the characters are so thinly drawn."[14] 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."[13] Robert Bianco from USA Today stated that "remarkably good actors [are] going to waste here."[12]after watching the whole season I find it remarkable that this show was compared to nurse Jackie. I couldn't even bare to watch a whole episode of nurse Jackie. Mercy portrays nurses as caring people, who also have lives and issues of their own. While remaining professional people who have moral standards. What a shame this show was shelved.

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".[15] 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." [16]>after watching the whole season I find it remarkable that this show was compared to nurse Jackie. I couldn't even bare to watch a whole episode of nurse Jackie. Mercy portrays nurses as caring people, who also have lives and issues of their own. While remaining professional people who have moral standards. What a shame this show was shelved.

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".[15] 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." [16]==Critical reception== Mercy received a score of 41 out of 100 from the review aggregator Metacritic.[21] 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."[9] 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".[10] Matt Roush of TV Guide wrote "Nurses deserve better than this ludicrous potboiler".[22] Several critics have referred to Mercy as a weak copy of Showtime's Nurse Jackie.[9][10][12][13]

The show's writing has been criticized as "twisting itself into a pretzel to provide ironies,"[10] and a review by Maureen Ryan of the Chicago Tribune states that "all the characters are so thinly drawn."[14] 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."[13] Robert Bianco from USA Today stated that "remarkably good actors [are] going to waste here."[12]after watching the whole season I find it remarkable that this show was compared to nurse Jackie. I couldn't even bare to watch a whole episode of nurse Jackie. Mercy portrays nurses as caring people, who also have lives and issues of their own. While remaining professional people who have moral standards. What a shame this show was shelved.

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".[15] 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." [16]

Awards and nominations[edit]

Ratings[edit]

Seasonal ratings[edit]

Season Timeslot (EST) Season Premiere Season Finale TV Season Rank Viewers
(in millions)
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[23] 6.33[23]

DVD releases[edit]

Name Region 1 Region 2 Region 4 Discs
The Complete Series August 3, 2010[24] TBA September 29, 2010[25] 5

International distribution[edit]

Country Channel Notes
 Australia Seven Network
7Two
Monday 9:30 then 10:30, moved to 7Two on Wednesday 9.30pm then 10:30
 Austria ORF 1 Monday 9:55pm
 Belgium vtm
RTBF
Wednesday 22:40, vtm
Tuesday, La Une
 Brazil Liv[26] Tuesdays 10:00pm, premiered April 13
 Canada City Monday 8:00pm, in simultaneous substitution
 Finland MTV3 Friday 9:00pm
 France M6 June 12 at 8:50pm
 Greece Star Channel Saturday 6:00pm (double episode)
 Ireland RTÉ Two Monday nights 12:45am (Tuesday Morning)
 Israel Yes Drama
 Italy Mya Friday 9:00pm, from September 3, 2010
 Japan Universal Channel Saturday 11:00pm
 Malaysia Star World Tuesday 9:00pm[27]
 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
 Norway TV3 Wednesday 10:30pm
 Philippines 2nd Avenue Monday 9:00pm–10:00pm (exclusive Philippine Premiere on Ladies Night)
 Poland TVN Saturday 11:10pm
 Portugal Fox life
  Switzerland TSR Friday 8:30pm, TSR1
 Spain FactoríaDeFicción Weekends 7:00pm
 South Africa MNET Series Monday 9:30pm
 Ukraine TRK Ukraina Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday 11:50pm
 Latvia TV6 Weekends 10:30pm

References[edit]

  1. ^ Ken Tucker (May 4, 2009). "Rating NBC's new fall shows: 'Parenthood,' a 'Trauma,' a 'Community,' '100 Questions,' and oh 'Mercy'!". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved 2009-05-04. 
  2. ^ "This just in: NBC picks up 'Community,' 'Parks and Recreation,' and 'Mercy' for full seasons". Retrieved 2009-10-23. 
  3. ^ a b Ausiello, Michael (May 14, 2010). "Breaking: NBC cancels 'Mercy,' 'Trauma'". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved May 14, 2010. 
  4. ^ Wright, E. Assata. "Getting the film crews back to NJ", Hudson Reporter, February 13, 2011
  5. ^ a b "The Tipsheet: ‘Mercy’ Brings Jersey City to the Small Screen, AhoraJC, Biking the Studio Tour and More". The Jersey City Independent. September 30, 2009. Retrieved September 30, 2009. 
  6. ^ Brian Gallagher (June 11, 2009). "EXCLUSIVE: Guillermo Diaz Takes Us Into the World of Weeds". MovieWeb. Retrieved 2009-07-03. 
  7. ^ Brian Stelter (July 10, 2009). "Citing Star’s Condition, NBC Delays ‘Parenthood’". New York Times. Retrieved October 23, 2009. 
  8. ^ Mercy reviews metacritic.com
  9. ^ a b c d e f g h 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. 
  10. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l Dawn, Randee (September 22, 2009). "Mercy – TV Review". The Hollywood Reporter. Archived from the original on January 23, 2010. Retrieved January 23, 2010. 
  11. ^ TV Guide September 7-13, 2009 pg.40. 
  12. ^ a b c d e f g 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. 
  13. ^ a b c d e f g h 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. 
  14. ^ a b c d 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. 
  15. ^ a b c d Ray, Rachel (September 24, 2009). "Mercy (NBC), review". The Daily Telegraph. Archived from the original on January 23, 2010. Retrieved January 23, 2010. 
  16. ^ a b c d 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. 
  17. ^ Mercy reviews metacritic.com
  18. ^ TV Guide September 7-13, 2009 pg.40. 
  19. ^ Mercy reviews metacritic.com
  20. ^ TV Guide September 7-13, 2009 pg.40. 
  21. ^ Mercy reviews metacritic.com
  22. ^ TV Guide September 7-13, 2009 pg.40. 
  23. ^ a b Gorman, Bill (June 16, 2010). "Final 2009-10 Broadcast Primetime Show Average Viewership". The Futon Critic. Retrieved June 18, 2010. 
  24. ^ http://www.tvshowsondvd.com/news/Mercy-The-Complete-Series/13784
  25. ^ http://www.ezydvd.com.au/item.zml/815043
  26. ^ LIV o novo canal de entretenimento da Discovery - TV Magazine
  27. ^ "Ziekenhuisseries Mercy en Trauma nieuw bij RTL 5" (in dutch). Mediacourant. 

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