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Series premiere: Mercy

In television on 09/23/2009 at 8:18 am

Series name
Mercy

Debuts
Wednesday, Sept. 23 at 8 p.m. ET on NBC and City

Regularly airs
Wednesdays at 8 p.m. ET on NBC and City

Premise
Nurse Jackie, the recently-wrapped great cable series starring Edie Falco, gets carbon copied into an ER template, with a little Grey’s Anatomy PTSD a la Dr. Owen Hunt.

Primary cast and crew
Taylor Schilling is Veronica Callahan, nurse just returned to hospital duty from war with a little baggage and a lot of attitude.
Jamie Lee Kirchner (Just Legal, CSI) is Sonia Jimenez, her chippy nurse colleague.
Michelle Trachtenberg (Gossip Girl, Six Feet Under) is Chloe Payne, brand new nurse who is puppies and sunshine and who should not at all be confused with Nurse Jackie’s newby nurse character called Zoey. Crazy talk.
James Tupper (Men in Trees) is Dr. Chris Sands, new to the hospital and also just back from war. He’s headed to the linen closet with Veronica.
Delroy Lindo (Kidnapped) is hospital boss Dr. Alfred Parks.
Guillermo Diaz (Weeds) is Angel Lopez, nurse.
Liz Heldens (Friday Night Lights) exec produces.

Buzz buzz
Originally intended as a midseason show, it might not be cooked yet in the middle.

But what do I know anyway? After not having seen the pilot, I’ve got a feeling …
Maybe it’s the unrelenting ads pairing Veronica, nurse saviour, with Law & Order: SVU’s Olivia, police protector but I’m sick of this show before I see it. I suppose my ER jones will drive me to try it out, but seems shockingly unoriginal.

Other reviews
USA Today also sees the similarities to Nurse Jackie, and says, quite cleverly, that “No Mercy should be shown.”

Robert Lloyd, at the L.A. Times, counsels patience. It’s good, he says.

Official website
Videos, photos, nurse trivia game and, coming soon!, an interactive nursing station.

Wondering when the other new series and returning series are kicking off?
Click here for my select list of fall 2009 premieres and other important dates. Who am I to tell you what to do, but you could consider bookmarking it…

— Denise Duguay

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