‘Mercy Street’ Canceled by PBS After 2 Seasons

Josh Radnor, Mary Elizabeth Winstead series was scrapped over funding issues, production timelines

Last Updated: March 9, 2017 @ 10:03 AM

“Mercy Street” will not go forward with a third season at PBS, TheWrap is told.

The public broadcaster had to kill the Civil War era drama series due to funding issues and “complicated nature of aligning production timelines.”

“Mercy Street,” which just ran its Season 2 finale, features Josh Radnor and Mary Elizabeth Winstead, who stars in the upcoming third installment of FX’s “Fargo.” The show’s busy cast also included “Veep’s” Gary Cole, “How to Get Away With Murder’s” Jack Falahee, and Hannah James, who recently joined Season 3 of the hit Starz drama “Outlander.”

“We are extremely proud of both seasons of ‘Mercy Street,'” said Beth Hoppe, Chief Programming Executive and General Manager, General Audience Programming, PBS. “Our talented executive producers, Lisa Wolfinger, David Zabel and David W. Zucker, brought to life an entertaining and historically accurate account of this time, along with the equally talented team of actors led by Josh Radnor as Dr. Jedediah Foster and Mary Elizabeth Winstead as Nurse Mary Phinney; the directors, producers and crew who created a visually rich, high-quality series; and our sponsors and partners who helped make ‘Mercy Street’ possible.”

“Mercy Street” debuted last year and become PBS’s second highest-rated series of 2016, behind only “Downton Abbey.” The first three episodes of Season 2, which premiered in January, was watched by 6.5 million viewers, including seven days of delayed viewing.

Ridley Scott and David W. Zucker of Scott Free Productions served as executive producers on the Civil War-era drama alongside Lisa Q. Wolfinger and David Zabel.