10:30pm – Monday, May 2 on FOUR

Former Dawson’s Creek star James Van Der Beek begins his guest stint in FOUR’s Mercy when the series continues its latest season on Monday, May 2nd at 10:30pm on FOUR.

Leading up to his guest appearance, James Van Der Beek spoke to E! News about his new role, revealing that he will be sticking around the Mercy hospital for at least eight to 10 episodes.

But before fans get nostalgic for Van Der Beek’s Dawson’s Creek days, the actor says that what Dawson lacked, his new character brings tenfold.

“He might be a womaniser, he has dark secrets possibly, he might have a gambling addiction,” Van Der Beek teases.

“He’s somebody who is kind of self-righteous, and he’s not at all precious with anybody else’s feelings. He’s got a goal; he goes for it, and he doesn’t really care who he upsets. He’s really playful in a way that almost borders nasty.”

He admits he was drawn to the role because he was fascinated by a specific question about his character’s personality:

“He’s somebody who just considers himself the smartest guy in the room and is right 90 percent of the time. So what happens in that extra 10 percent, when he’s not right? What happens then?”

Find out when James Van Der Beek’s head of the ICU, Dr. Joe Briggs, joins Mercy on Monday, May 2nd at 10:30pm on FOUR.

9:30pm – Monday, February 7 on FOUR

The highs and lows of three nurses at a hospital in Jersey City are charted in the brand new medical drama Mercy, premiering on Monday, February 7th at 9:30pm on FOUR.

“It’s the part that you usually don’t see on television,” executive producer and creator Liz Heldens (Friday Night Lights) explains to EW about the new series. “It’s the nurses who are the ones who pick up the pieces after a diagnosis is made.”

Mercy sees Taylor Schilling portray Veronica Callahan, a nurse who has returned to Mercy Hospital after a tour in Iraq.

“She’s tough, but she’s also trying to get by,” says Schilling. “I think she carries with her a truth or a point of view that the other nurses do not share.”

Veronica’s marriage is in shambles after affairs by both her and her husband. But things get even more complicated when the doctor she cheated with in Iraq returns to the hospital in the season premiere.

“I know that Veronica’s committed to her husband and is really trying to make that work, but there’s the distraction of this other man at work on a daily basis,” says Schilling. “Both men are really important to her, and in a way, almost serve different needs. So it’s a really interesting dilemma.”

According to Schilling, Mercy will also be more relatable than other medical dramas.

“[It’s about] real people trying to get through their lives, outside of work and inside of work,” she explains. “The hospital is important [in that it’s] where their lives are taking place, but it’s more about the characters navigating their lives.”

So how will the Mercy Hospital newcomer deal with the pressure of her new life? Find out when Mercy premieres on Monday, February 7th at 9:30pm on FOUR.

It’s a big night on TV so what are your picks for what to watch?  

What are you watching live and what are you putting on the PVR?

First it was TV4. Then it was C4. Now it’s just Four. The new look channel from Mediaworks which they say will be a mainstream entertainment channel with a target audience of 18-49 year olds. No news, sport or information, just pure escapism.

The new and returning shows and their trailers are below:

New Shows

Covert Affairs

Life Unexpected

The Good Guys

The Gates

Love Bites


Top Chef: Just Desserts

Models of the Runway


Friends With Benefits

Mixed Signals

Perfect Couples

Neighbours From Hell

Bobs Burgers

The Cape


Returning shows
The Jono Project
Select Live
The Office
It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia
American Dad
The Cleveland Show
30 Rock
The Biggest Loser
Top Chef
America’s Next Top Model
The Simpsons
How I Met Your Mother
Parks and Recreation

Picks from Four’s new line up would have to be Covert Affairs and Life Unexpected.  There is some pretty good potential with the line up if you’re just looking for something to watch.  The real challenge for Mediaworks is how they’re going to convince people to tune in to the channel over anything else.

What do you think of the line up?