PBS Civil War drama ‘Mercy Street’ returning to Central Va. for filming of second season

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RICHMOND, Va. (WRIC) — Governor Terry McAuliffe announced on Wednesday that the PBS Civil War drama series “Mercy Street” will be returning to the Commonwealth for a second season of filming.

The show’s first season was filmed on location in Petersburg and Richmond and has been a popular success since its premiere in January.

The series is inspired by real events that took place at Mansion House, an Alexandria hotel owned by a Southern family that was turned into a Union hospital during the Civil War. The series follows two volunteer nurses on opposite sides of the war. Mary Phinney is a staunch New England abolitionist, while Emma Green is a willful and young Confederate belle.

The show explores rarely-examined aspects of the Civil War, including the way in which the need for healing those wounded and sick helped to advance modern medicine and the impact the challenges of war had on women’s roles in society.

“I am so pleased that Mercy Street has already had such tremendous success and will be returning to Virginia to film season two,” said Governor Terry McAuliffe. “This outstanding show is a great illustration of the enormous opportunities Virginia offers to film and television producers and to tourists who enjoy history and natural beauty. I hope all Virginians will continue to support Mercy Street and take advantage of our many exceptional Civil War sites and attractions, particularly those in Alexandria, where the original story of Mercy Street took place, and in Central Virginia where the PBS series is filmed.”

“We are grateful to the Commonwealth of Virginia for so warmly embracing Mercy Street. The period locations and Virginia’s exceptional crew and actors are all integral to the series’ success, and we are absolutely thrilled to be returning to film a second season,” said Beth Hoppe, Chief Programming Executive and General Manager, General Audience Programming, PBS.

Season two of Mercy Street will begin filming in 2016 in the Central Virginia area.

The project is eligible to receive Virginia incentives. The exact number of incentives is based on the number of Virginia workers hired, Virginia goods and services purchase and deliverables, including Virginia tourism promotions. Season one included a promotional recognition for Virginia tourism that aired during each broadcast of the series.

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