‘Mercy’ in Australia

Here’s a review of ‘Mercy’ and it’s from the Courier Mail in Australia. So for those of you outside of the US who have been wondering if ‘Mercy’ will be shown where you are it looks like it’s airing in Australia but I haven’t found out when or on what channel. If you know when it’s airing in Australia, or any other country, shoot me an e-mail and I’ll pass the info along.

http://www.news.com.au/couriermail/story/0,23739,26131998-5003422,00.html

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Published in: on September 27, 2009 at 5:29 pm  Comments (2)  

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  1. It’s Monday today in Australia’s island state and ‘Mercy’ is on as I type :0)

    In Tasmania, Australia the channel is Southern Cross (free to air TV) and the show started at 9:30pm.

    Kate is hilarious at the beginning of the first episode – booze in one hand and cigarette in the other as she wakes her on-screen daughter up with the presentation of a packet of ‘big girl’ undies lol!

    The rest of the episode nicely sets up a few characters and story lines that will be interesting to follow. And the music is well done, especially during the fight scene!

    I hope this is useful :0)

    Fingers crossed that ‘Mercy’ makes it!

  2. Mercy was aired by the Seven Network in Australia. It was given a 9.30pm timeslot and premiered the week after the final episode of an incredibly successful long running (12 seasons) Aussie made medical show (All Saints). Flashforward premiered the same night in the 8.30 timeslot.

    The Seven Network’s decision to axe All Saints had been extremely unpopular (the reason cited as being cost rather than poor ratings) and there was huge viewer resistance to Mercy before it even began, not to mention resentment towards the seven network.

    Strangely, the ratings dropped off quickly for both shows, and after a few weeks, Mercy was shunted to 10.30pm. Without warning, it then disappeared completely, with the announcement from Seven that it would be screened on the new Seven2 HD channel. Of course this hasn’t happened yet.

    It’s fair to say that Mercy had little chance in Australia. Attempting to replace an incredibly sucessful local product (and medical soap) with an imported medical soap a week after the final episode was always a dangerous move. Unfortunately, the Seven network is notorious for such poor programming decisions.

    Having watched and loved All Saints for 12 years, I had intended giving Mercy “the miss” – my little protest to the Seven Network (I was not alone here, I can assure you). I had watched Flashforward and walked away from the tv and then I heard the voice!

    My first thought was that the Seven network had axed Mercy already and was screening reruns of Voyager!

    I had no idea that Kate Mulgrew was in Mercy. Anyway, I had really enjoyed Voyager so I watched Mercy. Yes, Kate’s character is clearly a “character” and Kate is a wondeful actress but overall I reserve judgement about the show. I feel this is partly due to the fact that the Seven Network paved a difficult path for Mercy on Australian TV.


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