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Fall TV 2009: NBC’s Mercy

This fall brings new dramas and comedies, new loves, and new hopes, so here is the rundown on what too watch, and what too avoid this fall. Now, NBC’s second medical drama is way more in the soapy side with a nurse drama about three woman who are often more skilled then the docs in Mercy….

mercyNBC Says: “Mercy,” a new medical drama with a unique point of view, portrays the lives of the staff at Mercy Hospital as seen through the eyes of those who know it best — its nurses. Nurse Veronica Callahan (Taylor Schilling, “Dark Matter”) returns to Mercy from a military tour in Iraq — and she knows more about medicine than all of the residents combined. Together with fellow nurses Sonia Jimenez (Jamie Lee Kirchner, “Rescue Me”) and Chloe Payne (Michelle Trachtenberg, “Gossip Girl”), Callahan navigates through the daily traumas and social landmines of life and love both inside the hospital and out in the real world. The cast also includes: James Tupper (“Men in Trees”) as Dr. Chris Sands, a new doctor at the hospital who complicates Veronica’s life; Diego Klattenhoff (“Supernatural”) as Mike Callahan, Veronica’s husband; and Guillermo Diaz (“Weeds”) as Nurse Angel Lopez. “Mercy” is a production from Universal Media Studios and Berman Braun. Joining writer/executive producers Liz Heldens (NBC’s “Friday Night Lights”) and Gretchen Berg & Aaron Harberts (“Pushing Daisies,” “Pepper Dennis”) are executive producers Gail Berman and Lloyd Braun. Emmy Award winner Adam Bernstein (NBC’s “30 Rock,” “Rescue Me”) is the director.

Mercy2_1245795474The Good: Mercy got it rough this summer, having found out that they were moved to the fall, they had to rush to cast, scout, and get ready to shoot in a matter off weeks. That is not what the show needed, at all. The pilot is rough with the exception of the potential of the lead Taylor Schilling who is a winner as Veronica. The rest though….

The Not So Good: is not appealing, visually or emotionally. The writing is trying to be ER but ends of coming out like a bad General Hospital. The producers need to flesh out who they want to be which is not the best position to be in when you have to premiere at the end of September. Mercy is already on life support and it is not even been born yet.

Mercy premieres Wednesdays at 8/7c on September 23rd on the peacock network, NBC.


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