Grey's Anatomy, I Mean Mercy, Is Gonna Be Great

So how does one talk about NBC's new medical drama Mercy and make it seem... well, new? I'm not sure you can! The show seems to borrow pretty heavily from other "tough," big-hearted medical shows currently on the air. There's your intense-but-soft-inside lead, a doe-eyed newcomer, a sexy-scruffy doctor, and an imperious leader played by a Respected Actor. Sounds kinda textbook, right?

Actually it almost sounds like a joke--a parody of how formulaic these types of shows have gotten in the modern TV age, ever since St. Elsewhere soaped up the proceedings in 1982 and ER made everything gritty and clinical (but still pretty soapy, at least eventually) a decade later. The whole thing being a joke would actually kind of make sense, given that the series was created by Adam Bernstein, a director and producer of the masterfully absurd 30 Rock. Let's take a look at some of these hilarious similarities (say that 10 times fast):

Mercy follows a young resident tough-talking nurse named Meredith Grey Jackie Peyton Veronica Flanagan (played by relative newcomer Ellen Pompeo Taylor Schilling) as she navigates the tricky, insane waters of a busy Seattle New York (?) hospital. Jackie Veronica is gruff with the doctors because she's smarter than them, and really hard on the newbies, especially Chloe Payne (ugh, that name!), played by Merritt Wever Michelle Trachtenberg. There is, though, one doctor who, I'm guessing, Veronica has a soft spot for, Patrick Dempsey's James Tupper's McSteamy Dr. Chris Sands. So, you get where I'm going with this, right?

Though the show's similarities to so many other medical dramas doesn't necessarily, I guess, mean you shouldn't check it out. More of a good thing is, well, more of a good thing, right? Except, some of those preview clips... "Where did you learn to do that?" an awed bystander asks as Nurse Veronica administers some street-side medicine-ing. Without missing a beat, the world-weary Veronica says "Iraq." Wow, we're supposed to think. That's crazy. We're also supposed to still want to watch the show even though we know Veronica is a brilliant nurse who is right all the time. I mean, the beloved old Ellen McLaughlin tells us so in the preview clips. "You are a great nurse," she says. Well, there you go. End of show. Where can we even go from there?

The Trachtenberg Factor puts me off as well, but that's just personal taste. I'd be curious to tune in for Respected Actors Delroy Lindo (as tough African-American chief Dr. Webber Parks) and Kate Burton Mulgrew (as Meredith's Veronica's crazy alcoholic mother Ellis Grey Jeannie Flanagan), but... I hate hospitals.

How about you? Seeing the frustrating similarities? Do you care?

'Mercy' premieres tonight (9/23) at 8/7c on NBC

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I watched Nurse Jackie and loved every second of it. Right after I tried to watch Mercy and it struck me how realistic NJ is! Mercy is full of make-up and I even spotted a nurse wearing a ring... I couldn't take it. All in all it was somewhat painful to watch, even without the inaccuracies.
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I agree, to say "it borrows" is very kind. Plagiarism is a serious charge, but when the trainee nurse arrived in the cartoon-patterned top my wife and I just groaned. We'd already seen the "I know better than the doctors" thing ("Nurse Jackie" and "Hawthorne") and the inevitable gay male nurses. When they introduced the grumpy old woman patient, I just expected the trainee to say "I wish you were dead" and... that's right you've seen it before on Nurse Jackie.
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I'm only watching for the eye candy. Michelle Trachtenberg, yum.
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I love it.
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I will give a try.
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You say tomato...I say...here we go again.
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Does this mean Georgina Sparks will leave GG?! Please say yes!
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I didn't watched ER or Grey's Anatomy. But Mercy I'm going to watch. It's a big year for me to get smth new from TV.
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The show wasn't half bad at all. There were quite a bit of cheesy moments but overall it was rather decent. Though the one thing I can't get over the fact is seeing Guillermo from Weeds playing a gay character. Looked painfully contrived
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Grey's Anatomy ripped a ton off of Scrubs to begin with. They had it coming.
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Funny thing. I didn't hate the show. It's not too badly done. Most of the actors are likable and the stories are decent. I just can't get past the likeness it bears to Nurse Jackie. A world weary nurse who cheats on her husband? A sassy best friend character who likes to live it up? The young newbie in Hello Kitty scrubs? Gay male nurse with a vaguely religious name (Angel now not Mohammed)? The young stud doctor who doesn’t listen and gets a man killed? It’s like someone at NBC read the Nurse Jackie script and said “Make me this but without the drug addiction and curse words. Stat!”
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I'd watch any thing with Michelle Trachtenberg in it. Just something about her.
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I have nothing wrong with new medical dramas as long as there good. This does not look very good.
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Seriously, like we need yet another Grey's Anatomy?! Like one annoying whiny Meredith Grey isn't enough?! Personally i'm a fan of Private Practice, so i won't be watching this.
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Michelle Trachtenberg is the only reason I would give this show a shot.
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I only watch the first season of Greys Anatomy i prefer Private Practice but yes its a bit similar



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That's ok i already watch Grey's anatomy...I mean at least the spin off private practice didn't pretend to be some new show with coincidental naming of characters...well anyway i find it amusing that they named it mercy, since Seattle grace is always, mercy west this and mercy west that...Michelle Trachtenberg may be the only thing attracting me to this little copycat...but then again can you really name more than 5 shows that are new and awesome and aren't borrowing anything from anywhere
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yes its similar to greys anatomy but im still gonna watch it.
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WHY Trachtenberg? Actually, if this means she's off Gossip Girl then I am totes fine with this. Granted, I won't be watching due to my doctor's orders to lay off the melodramatic hospital stuff that's already taken up way too many hours of my life.
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hmm, it resembles Greys Anatomy, which premiers tomorrow (YAY), obviously.. but i might try and watch it...it looked alright in the previews
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NBC is trying to make up now for dumping ER. And this show will just be crap. And zip zero in no time. Leave it to NBC to give you more crap. And dump the good shows...
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What do you mean GammieAnnie? You could also be a Convict, (Over) Privileged Teenager, Office Drone or... Superhero?

Anyway, there are enough Doctor shows. I'll stick with House and "thanks, but no thanks" NBC's pathetic attempt to compete with ABC's show that, honestly isn't worth emulating.
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Couldn’t the suits at the NBC say, “Let’s at least try one fall drama that’s isn’t about cops, lawyers or doctors. NBC was more original with their summer dramas, but never gave them any real support. “Mercy” and “Trauma” will be gone by December.
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Watching TV leads me to believe there are only 5 possible jobs that you can have: doctor, know-it-all nurse, some type of detective, scientist, or hot person. The future is looking bright! Why is there never a show about construction workers? Like, Whistles and Bells. Anyone??
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What do you mean, JusticeLeaguer? You think I don't like the looks of the show because it's on NBC? Believe you me, we will say nice things about shows we like, no matter what the network. The shows just have to, you know, look actually good.
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Damn, I guess if a show's not from CBS there's no need in promoting it right?
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It doesn't look anything like Grey's Anatomy, them and their insignificant little problems which they blow out of proportion, acting as if the world will end if they don't solve them... This show looks like there will actually be depth to characters. I'm excited.
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