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Ridley Scott producing Civil War drama for PBS

No casting has been announced yet.

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Karen Butler
British director Ridley Scott attends the premiere of Exodus: Gods And Kings world premiere at Odeon, Leicester Square in London on December 3, 2014. UPI/ Rune Hellestad
British director Ridley Scott attends the premiere of "Exodus: Gods And Kings" world premiere at Odeon, Leicester Square in London on December 3, 2014. UPI/ Rune Hellestad | License Photo

PASADENA , Calif., Jan. 22 (UPI) -- PBS has announced plans to air a six-episode, American Civil War-set medical drama next winter.

Based on true stories, the as-yet-untitled series will be shot in Virginia. It is being executive produced by Ridley Scott, David W. Zucker and Lisa Q. Wolfinger.

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No casting has been announced yet.

Created by Wolfinger and David Zabel, the story is inspired by the memoirs and letters of actual doctors and female nurse volunteers at Mansion House Hospital. In addition, the writers and producers have worked with a prominent group of historians and medical experts, including James M. McPherson, Thavolia Glymph and Jane Schultz.

"Viewers know that Sunday nights are a destination for original drama on PBS. It has been more than a decade since our Sunday night drama lineup has included truly American stories. With this new series, we will look into one of the most complicated, tumultuous and dramatic moments in our country's history, the Civil War. I'm delighted to have this new series join an impressive history of past American dramas on PBS," Beth Hoppe, chief programming executive and general manager of general audience programming for PBS, said in a statement.

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"We think of the Civil War as a brutal, devastating chapter in American history, but it was also a moment of remarkable transition that presented opportunities unthinkable just a few years before," Wolfinger added. "Doctors, faced with mass casualties on an unprecedented scale, pushed the boundaries of medical science, women left the confines of the home and volunteered as nurses, and thousands of escaped slaves got their first taste of freedom. All of these elements come together in Alexandria's Mansion House Hospital -- a dysfunctional and unpredictable world filled with conflict and passion. Our characters -- many based on real people -- are colorful, complicated and completely relatable. This series is not about battles and glory, it's about the drama and unexpected humor of everyday life behind the front lines. It's a new twist on an iconic story, one that resonates with larger themes we still struggle with today."

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