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PBS, known for showcasing so many British series, brought something a little different to their segment of Deadline’s first-ever Contenders Emmys all-day event at the DGA Theatre. With Mercy Streettheir first home grown original dramatic series in a decade, they wanted something distinctly American, according to co-creator and Executive Producer David Zabel who appeared on the panel with three of his stars. He felt the Civil War provided a juicy backdrop but wanted to…

Essential collaborators for scrambling showrunners, and feared arbiters of actors’ worth, casting directors are responsible for identifying talent, unpuzzling ensembles and launching careers. As the actors they cast enjoy the lion’s share of the Emmy limelight, we put three questions to the people responsible for leading them to the stage.   The Casting Directors   John Papsidera — Casual (Hulu) Christopher Nolan’s go-to casting director since Memento, Papsidera’s…

The Vampire Diaries alum Chris Wood has booked a recurring role opposite AnnaSophia Robb on the second season of PBS’ Mercy Street. Wood will play Captain Lance Van Der Berg, a handsome young Union captain lodging at the Green home when he strikes up a budding romance with Alice Green (Robb). The period drama series tells the story of two volunteer nurses working on opposite sides of the Civil War. Best known for his role as Kai on Season 6 of The Vampire Diaries, Wood…

Brian F. O’Byrne, Patina Miller and Bryce Pinkham have been added to the cast of PBSMercy 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…

PBS’ new period drama Mercy Street, which launched behind the final season of Downton Abbey and already has been renewed for a second season, tells the story of two volunteer nurses working on opposite sides of the Civil War. “Part of the goal setting out was to tell a great American story that matched the quality and texture of other great PBS series,” co-creator/executive producer David Zabel said at Deadline’s Contenders panel, joined on the panel by co-stars Josh Radno…

PBS waited until the morning after issuing Downton Abbey series finale stats to announce it has greenlit a second season of Mercy Street from Scott Free, which the programming service hopes will be Downton’s successor. PBS noted its first original drama in more than a decade clocked 3.3 million viewers in its unveiling on January 17, following an episode of Downton Abbey‘s final season. PBS said this morning the episode was sampled by 5.7M viewers, and that its first…