As the President of the American television network that put "Pucks" on the air, the charismatic, unscrupulous Merc has thrown his weight behind Sean and Beverly's creation -- but only as long as the show's a hit. A mercurial manchild, Merc's mood swings are as volatile as the ratings. His second-in-command and lover, Carol, is still there to enjoy their victories or soothe his tantrums as the pair continue to sleep together, despite the fact that Merc is married. This season, Merc will stoop to new lows to stay on top.
John Pankow has created memorable characters in many noted films, including TO LIVE AND DIE IN LA, MORTAL THOUGHTS, LIFE AS A HOUSE, TALK RADIO, THE SECRET OF MY SUCCESS, and more recently MORNING GLORY and PUTZEL. He was a regular on the hit television series MAD ABOUT YOU and recurred on two critically-acclaimed series, ALLY MCBEAL and THE DAYS AND NIGHTS OF MOLLY DODD. Pankow has also been featured on the programs THE GOOD WIFE, LAW & ORDER: LA, WITHOUT A TRACE, and LAW & ORDER: CRIMINAL INTENT.
A veteran stage actor, Pankow has appeared in numerous New York Shakespeare Festival productions, including this season's MUCH ADO ABOUT NOTHING, THE TEMPEST, MEASURE FOR MEASURE, HENRY V, and TWO GENTLEMAN OF VERONA. Pankow appeared Off-Broadway in Kenny Lonergan's MEDIEVAL PLAY at the Signature Theater and in the Off-Broadway revival of William Inge's NATURAL AFFECTION. Broadway credits include AMADEUS, CYMBELINE, SERIOUS MONEY, TWELVE ANGRY MEN, and THE ICEMAN COMETH.