Mercy


Mercy Information

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.

Plot

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

Main



Recurring

Episodes

Main article: List of Mercy episodes

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. 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. 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.

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.

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

Critical reception

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."

Ratings

Seasonal ratings

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 6.33

DVD release

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

International distribution

CountryChannelNotes
Seven Network
7Two
Monday 9:30 then 10:30, moved to 7Two on Wednesday 9.30pm then 10:30
ORF 1 Monday 9:55pm
vtm
RTBF
Wednesday 22.40, vtm
Tuesday, La Une
[[People+Arts|Liv]] Tuesdays 10:00 PM, premiered April 13
Canada Citytv 8:00 Monday, in simultaneous substitution
Finland MTV3 Friday 9:00 PM
M6 June 12 at 8:50 pm
Star Channel Airs on Saturday at 6:00pm (double episode)
RT"? Two Airs on Monday nights at 12:45am (Tuesday Morning)
yes Drama
Mya Friday 9pm from 3 September 2010
Universal Channel Saturday 11:00pm
Star World 9.00 pm Tuesday
Netherlands RTL 5 9:25pm Thursday
New Zealand FOUR 9:30pm Monday, from the 7th February 2011
Norway TV3 10:30 pm Wednesday
2nd Avenue Monday 9:00 pm"10:00 pm (exclusive Philippine Premiere on Ladies Night)
TVN Saturday 11.10 pm
Fox life
TSR Friday 8.30 pm, TSR1
FactoríaDeFicción Saturdays and Sundays 7.00 pm
MNET Series Monday 9:30pm
TRK Ukraina Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday 11:50pm
TV6 Weekends 10:30pm



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