PBS drama “Mercy Street,” which is currently in production for season two in Richmond and Petersburg, Virginia has added Brian F. O’Byrne (“Mildred Pierce”), Patina Miller (“The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Parts 1 &2”) and Bryce Pinkham (“A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder”) to the cast. O’Byrne will play Allan Pinkerton, head of the Union Intelligence Service. Miller is Charlotte Jenkins, a black Northern abolitionist and former slave who escaped to freedom years before through the Underground Railroad. And Pinkham is Maj. Clayton McBurney III, the new hospital chief.
Season two of “Mercy Street” will pick up directly from the dramatic events at the end of the first season finale, continuing to explore the growing chaos within Alexandria, the complicated interpersonal dynamics of Dr. Foster, Nurse Mary and 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.
Six new episodes have been ordered.