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Mercy Street renewed for season 2 by PBS

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PBS has ordered another season of Civil War drama Mercy Street.

The sophomore season of the Ridley Scott-produced series — the network’s first original drama in well over a decade — promises to pick up where the finale ended, and will take on the growing tension both within Alexandria and Mansion House. According to the network, season 2 will also “introduce a number of new elements, taking us closer to the fight and into the halls of Confederate power, all set against the intensifying war, starting with the Seven Days’ Battle and culminating with Antietam.”

“The success of season one of Mercy Street proves how captivating this series is and how viewers have identified and connected with the characters’ lives, even during a much different time in our nation’s history,” said executive producer David W. Zucker in a statement. “We are looking forward to continuing to expand on these important themes with the next season.”

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Starring Mary Elizabeth Winstead as stoic Nurse Phinney and How I Met Your Mother alum Josh Radnor as bristly Dr. Foster, the period drama aims to bring back most of its cast, including Gary Cole, Hannah James, Norbert Leo Butz, Tara Summers, McKinley Belcher III, Jack Falahee, AnnaSophia Robb, Donna Murphy, Suzanne Bertish, and Luke Macfarlane.

The first season of the Civil War-set series – spanning six, one-hour long episodes – drew record numbers for PBS both on broadcast and online, reaching more than 5.7 million viewers and streaming 2 million times online. The series’ premiere and finale both trended nationally on Twitter, making Mercy Street a fan-favorite on social media.

Mercy Street was co-created by Lisa Q. Wolfinger and David Zabel, and is co-executive produced by Scott, Zucker and Clayton Krueger. No premiere date for season 2 has yet been set.

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