Brian F. O’Byrne, Patina Miller and Bryce Pinkham have been added to the cast of PBS’ Mercy Street for its second season, currently in production in Richmond and Petersburg, Virginia. O’Bryrne (Aquarius) will play Allan Pinkerton, head of the Union Intelligence Service, based on the real Pinkerton. Miller (The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Parts 1 & 2) will play a Northern abolitionist/former slave who escaped to freedom years earlier via the Underground Railroad; her Charlotte Jenkins will be a composite of historical figures, most prominently Harriet Jacobs. Pinkham (A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder) is Maj. Clayton McBurney III, the new hospital chief.
Additionally, Stephen Cragg is directing Episodes 1 and 2, and Laura Innes will direct Episodes 3 and 4, PBS announced.
Mercy Street is exec produced by Ridley Scott; David W. Zucker of Scott Free; Lisa Q. Wolfinger and David Zabel (ER), drew a 3.85 rating (Nielsen Live + 7) for the January 17, 2016, premiere, reaching more than 5.7 million viewers (persons 2+). The series’ six episodes have streamed more than two million times (from January 14-March 6) across all platforms, including PBS station websites, PBS.org and PBS apps for iOS, Android, FireTV, ROKU, Apple TV, Xbox 360 and Windows 10.
Season 1 took place in the spring of 1862 in Alexandria, Virginia, a border town between North and South and the longest-occupied Confederate city of the war. It follows the lives of all who collide at Mansion House, the wealthy Green family’s luxury hotel, which has been taken over and transformed into a Union Army hospital.
Season 2 explores the growing chaos within Alexandria, the dynamics of the Mansion House staff, the increasingly precarious position of the Green family and the changing predicament of the burgeoning black population. The season will 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.