The AT&T Audience Network announced that Mr. Mercedes, its new drama series based on Stephen King’s novel of the same name, has officially been renewed for season 2.
Season one of Mr. Mercedes followed a demented killer Brady Hartsfield (Harry Treadaway) who taunts a retired police detective Bill Hodges (Brendan Gleeson) with a series of lurid letters and emails, forcing the ex-cop to undertake a private, and potentially felonious, crusade to bring the killer to justice before he is able to strike again.
Season two will continue to adapt Stephen King’s best-selling “Bill Hodges Trilogy”, which includes, Mr. Mercedes, Finders Keepers and End of Watch. Jack Bender will return as director of the series, and David E. Kelley will return to write. Production for the 10 one-hour episodes is scheduled to begin in February of 2018.
“We’re thrilled that the first installment of Mr. Mercedes resonated with such a wide audience,” Audience Network head Christopher Long said in a statement. “David E. Kelley, Jack Bender, Dennis Lehane, and Sonar did a masterful job crafting a series that honored the original work by Stephen King. We’re excited to have the opportunity to create a second season with this incredible team.”
“Mr. Mercedes is Stephen King writing about the monsters inside his characters rather than outside,” Bender said. “We were extremely fortunate to attract an amazing cast, led by Brendan Gleeson and Harry Treadaway, to bring these flawed, complex colorful characters to life. … I am thrilled to keep telling this story.”
Said David E. Kelley: “I’m excited and thrilled. Stephen King, Dennis Lehane, Jack Bender, Brendan Gleeson — this is a special team indeed.”
Kelly Lynch, Jharrel Jerome, Scott Lawrence, Robert Stanton, Breeda Wool, Justine Lupe and Ann Cusack also star in the first season of Mr. Mercedes, along with Mary Louise-Parker and Holland Taylor.
In a year stock-full of Stephen King adaptations, the TV renditions did not fare so well. Spike’s The Mist barely made it through its first season before being canceled and Mr. Mercedes was a series marred with tragedy. Treadaway’s role of Brady Hartsfield – the titular killer – was originally slated to be played by the late Anton Yelchin, who was killed in a freak auto accident only a few weeks after Audience officially ordered season 1.
For anyone who has been watching the first season, those worries were put to rest pretty quickly as its an effective piece of drama with some genuine chills worth continued exploration. The renewal announcement comes just one day before Mr. Mercedes’ first season finale is scheduled to air. Tune in to Audience on Wednesday, October 11 at 8 p.m. ET to catch the Season one finale of Mr. Mercedes.
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