Amazon announced today that Prime Video will be the exclusive premium subscription streaming home for the new PBS original series “Mercy Street.” Each of its six episodes will become available to Prime members in the U.S. seven days after broadcast on PBS stations.
Additionally, beginning today, people can stream the first episode of the Civil War-era drama on Amazon Video for free in advance of its Jan. 17 broadcast premiere.
“Prime members love PBS period dramas like ‘Downton Abbey’ and ‘Mr. Selfridge’ and fans of those great shows are going to really enjoy ‘Mercy Street,’” said Brad Beale, VP of digital video content acquisition for Amazon, in a statement.
Set on the Civil War home front of Virginia in the spring of 1862, “Mercy Street” follows the lives of two volunteer nurses on opposite sides of the conflict: Mary Phinney (Mary Elizabeth Winstead, “The Returned,” “The Spectacular Now”), a staunch New England abolitionist, and Emma Green (Hannah James, “Winding Lane”), a naive Confederate belle.
Featuring both real and composite historical characters, the series also stars Josh Radnor (“How I Met Your Mother”), Gary Cole (“Veep,” “The Good Wife”), Norbert Leo Butz (“Bloodline”), Tara Summers (“You’re The Worst,” “Boston Legal”), Peter Gerety (“Syriana,” “Charlie Wilson’s War”) and Anna Sophia Robb (“The Carrie Diaries,” “The Bridge to Terebithia”).
“Mercy Street” is executive produced by Ridley Scott (“Alien,” “Blade Runner,” “The Martian,” Amazon’s “The Man in the High Castle”), David W. Zucker (“The Good Wife,” “The Man in the High Castle”), Lisa Q. Wolfinger (“Desperate Crossing,” “The Untold Story of the Mayflower”) and David Zabel (“ER”).