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TV News Roundup: ‘Hunger Games’ Actress Joins PBS’ ‘Mercy Street’

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PBS has cast Brian F. O’Byrne, Patina Miller and Bryce Pinkham in the sophomore season of its historical drama series “Mercy Street.” Also, Fox News Channel set a premiere date for season two of “Legends & Lies.”

CASTING:

Patina Miller (“The Hunger Games: Mockingjay- Part 1”), Brían F. O’Byrne (“Million Dollar Baby”) and Bryce Pinkham have been cast in season two of PBS’ “Mercy Street.” Their character descriptions are detailed below:

  • O’Byrne will play Allan Pinkerton, head of the Union Intelligence Service, based on the real Pinkerton.
  • Miller will play Charlotte Jenkins, a black Northern abolitionist and former slave (a composite of numerous historical figures, most prominently Harriet Jacobs) who escaped to freedom years before through the Underground Railroad.
  • Pinkham will play Maj. Clayton McBurney III, the new hospital chief.

The trio will join the returning ensemble cast of Josh Radnor, Gary Cole, Mary Elizabeth Winstead, Hannah James, AnnaSophia Robb and Brad Koed. The historical drama is also adding helmer Stephen Cragg (“How to Get Away With Murder,” “Grey’s Anatomy”) and former “ER” actor Laura Innes to its directing team.

PREMIERE DATES:

Fox News Channel has set June 5 as the premiere date for the second season of “Legends & Lies,” executive produced by Bill O’Reilly.

The specials titled “Legends & Lies: The Patriots” will look at historical events and figures tied to the American Revolution and the founding of America. Last year’s first season — focusing on the Wild West — boosted weekend ratings for FNC by nearly 50% in total viewers vs. the previous year.

The series is produced by Warm Springs Productions. It is part of FNC’s weekend primetime programming overseen by Senior Executive Vice President of Programming Bill Shine and produced in conjunction with Vice President of Development John Finley.