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PBS teams with Ridley Scott for Civil War hospital drama
PBS teams with Ridley Scott for Civil War hospital drama

Hoping to find its next "Downton Abbey," PBS is reaching back to one of its favorite epochs: the Civil War. The public broadcaster revealed Monday that it has ordered an untitled historical drama from executive producer Ridley Scott, the "Gladiator" director whose production company was also behind the 2011 History documentary "Gettysburg." The story is based on the real lives of two volunteer nurses, Mary Phinney and Emma Green, who found themselves on opposite sides of the Civil War while at Mansion House, a Union Army hospital in Virginia. PBS has ordered six episodes of the show but hopes it will grow into a multi-season franchise, according to network...

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