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Mercy
Mercy cast shot.jpg
Format Medical Drama
Created by Liz Heldens
Starring Taylor Schilling
Michelle Trachtenberg
Jaime Lee Kirchner
James Tupper
Diego Klattenhoff
Guillermo Díaz
James LeGros
Country of origin United States
No. of seasons 1
No. of episodes 16 (List of episodes)
Production
Executive producer(s) Gail Berman
Lloyd Braun
Liz Heldens
Gretchen Berg
Aaron Harberts
Editor(s) Scott Gamzon
Cinematography William Rexer
Production company(s) Universal Media Studios and Berman Braun
Broadcast
Original channel NBC
Original run September 23, 2009 – present
External links
Official website

Mercy is a medical drama which premiered on NBC on September 23, 2009, as part of the 2009 fall season.[1] It airs on Wednesday nights at 8/7c.

On October 23, 2009, Mercy was picked up for a full twenty-two-episode first season.[2]

Contents

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, a recent nursing graduate who is thrown into the world of nursing and is unprepared for what it entails.

Cast

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Main

Recurring

Episodes

Production

Some interior shots for the show are filmed in the unused Barnert Hospital in Paterson, New Jersey.[3][4] Exterior shots of "Mercy Hospital" are taken on 4th street (between Newark Ave. and Colgate St.) in Jersey City. It is the back side of a public school. The exterior of Lucky 7's Bar is filmed at a location on the corner of 2nd and Coles Street in Jersey City. The interior of the bar is the Park Tavern located on West Side Avenue off Communipaw Avenue in Jersey City.[3] The exterior shots of The Red Fox Saloon are filmed at the Monaghan House in South Amboy, New Jersey. The interior shots of the Saloon are filmed at Ted's Bar in the Morgan area of Sayerville, 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.[5]

Critical reception

Mercy received a score of 41 out of 100 from the review aggregator Metacritic.[6] Reviews were mixed, but the show was generally panned by critics. 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."[7] 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".[8] Several critics have referred to Mercy as a weak copy of Showtime's Nurse Jackie.[7][8][9][10]

The show's writing has been criticized as "twisting itself into a pretzel to provide ironies,"[8] and a review by Maureen Ryan of the Chicago Tribune states that "all the characters are so thinly drawn."[11] 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."[10] Robert Bianco from USA Today stated that "remarkably good actors [are] going to waste here."[9]

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".[12] 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." [13]

Ratings

Seasonal Ratings

Season Timeslot (EST) Season Premiere Season Finale TV Season Rank Viewers
(in millions)
1 Wednesday 8/7c September 23, 2009 May 12, 2010[14] 2009–2010 TBA 6.98 (to date)

Ratings

Order Episode Rating Share Rating/share
(18–49)
Viewers
(millions)
Rank
(Timeslot)
Rank
(Night)
1 "Can We Get That Drink Now?" 5.2 9[15] 2.3/7[16] 8.25[16] 2 7
2 "I Believe You Conrad" 4.8 8 2.1/6[17] 7.35[17] 3 12
3 "Hope You're Good, Smiley Face" 4.8 8 1.8/5[18] 7.29[18] 3 7
4 "Pulling the Goalie" 4.7 8 2.0/6[19] 7.32[19] 2 7
5 "You Lost Me With The Cinder Block" 4.7 8 1.9/6[20] 7.18[20] 1 6
6 "The Last Thing I Said Was" 4.3 7 1.7/5[21] 6.60[21] 3 8
7 "Destiny, Meet My Daughter, Veronica" 4.4 7 1.7/5[22] 6.68[22] 3 8
8 "I'm Not That Kind of Girl" 5.1[23] 8 2.0/6[23] 7.76[23] 1 6
9 "Some of Us Have Been to the Desert" 4.5 7 1.8/5 7.14 TBA TBA
10 "I Saw This Pig and I Thought of You" TBA TBA 1.8/5 7.37 TBA TBA
11 "We're All Adults" 3.7 6 1.5/4[24] 5.85[24] 4 12
12 "Wake Up, Bill" 3.9 6 1.4/4[25] 5.84[25] 4 12
13 "Can We Talk About the Gigantic Elephant in the Ambulance?" 4.1 7 1.6/5[26] 6.25[26] 4 10
14 "I Have a Date" 4.5 7 1.8/5[27] 6.78[27] 4 12
15 "I Did Kill You, Didn't I?" 4.0 6 1.6/5[28] 6.04[29] TBA TBA
16 "I'm Fine" 4.1 7 1.5/5[30] 6.33[30] 4 13

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International distribution

Country Channel Notes
 Philippines 2nd Avenue Monday 9:00 pm-10:00 pm (exclusive Philippine Premiere on Ladies Night)
 Australia Seven Network Monday 9:30 then 10:30, moved to 7Two
 Australia 7Two Wednesday 9.30pm
 Belgium VTM TBA
 France M6 TBA
NetherlandsThe Netherlands RTL 5 8:30pm Tuesday
 Malaysia Star World 9.00 pm Tuesday

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References

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