Wednesday 8 p.m.
The daily events inside a hospital are seen through the eyes of three nurses. Taylor Schilling (Dark Matter), Jamie Lee Kirchner (Rescue Me) and Michelle Trachtenberg (Buffy, the Vampire Slayer) star.
-Competition: Hank and The Middle (ABC), The New Adventures of Old Christine and Gary Unmarried (CBS), So You Think You Can Dance (Fox), America’s Next Top Model (CW)
-Who Was on the Panel:
Michelle Trachtenberg, Jamie Lee Kirchner, Taylor Schilling, James Tupper; creator/executive producer Liz Heldens; and executive producers Gail Berman and Lloyd Braun.
Lloyd Braun (the former head of ABC) on Mercy not being the first new medical drama out of the gate:
“First of all, at any point in time in any given year, you can have a million arguments among everybody about are you better off being fall, you’re better off being mid-season, are you better off being first, second, or third. And at the end of the day, it just doesn’t matter. There are shows that work because they’re the first out. There are shows that work because they are the last out. I mean, we’ve been doing this long enough so that we have seen it happen or really seen it not happen in every possible circumstance you can imagine.
Family dramedy Parenthood, based on the Ron Howard theatrical, was initially planned to lead-off Wednesday for NBC. But the series was pushed back to midseason due Maura Tierney’s unfortunate illness, and benchwarmer Mercy was moved into fall battle ground. The good news, of course, is the lack of competition in the time period. Wednesday at 8 p.m. is one of the softest hours in television. But that does not unfortunately mean viewers will tune into yet another drama about nurses in this too early time period. That said, Mercy has little to no chance of succeeding.
-Chance of Survival for Mercy (Based on a scale of 1-1 to 10-1): 9-1
NBC at TCA: Mercy Panel