Leading up to the highly anticipated season finale tomorrow, Oct. 11 at 8pm ET/PT, Audience Network is pleased to announce that it has picked up this year's break-out show, Mr. Mercedes, for a second season. Production for the 10 one-hour episodes is scheduled to begin in February of 2018 in Charleston, South Carolina with the premiere launching later in the year. The series is produced by Sonar Entertainment. Here's what David E. Kelley had to say in a statement about the hit Stephen King TV series.
"I'm excited and thrilled. Stephen King, Dennis Lehane, Jack Bender, Brendan Gleeson... this is a special team indeed."
Returning for the second season will be television veterans David E. Kelley (Big Little Lies, Ally McBeal) to write the script and Jack Bender (Lost, Under the Dome) as director. King, Kelley and Bender will also continue to serve as executive producers, along with author Dennis Lehane, who will also write. The second season will be based on King's best-selling Bill Hodges Trilogy, which includes, Mr. Mercedes, Finders Keepers and End of Watch. Here's what director Jack Bender had to say in a statement about the new season.
"Mr. Mercedes is Stephen King writing about the monsters inside his characters rather than outside. 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. With Sonar and AT&T, along with great scripts and our talented team in Charleston, I am thrilled to keep telling this story."
Mr. Mercedes Season 1 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. Here's what Christopher Long, head of AT&T AUDIENCE Network, had to say in his statement.
"We're thrilled that the first installment of Mr. Mercedes' resonated with such a wide audience. 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."
Stephen King describes Mr. Mercedes as his first hard-boiled detective tale. The novel was published by Scribner in June 2014 and became an immediate No. 1 New York Times Bestseller upon its release. Shortly after the release of the novel, King announced that Mr. Mercedes was the first of a projected trilogy. The second novel, "Finders Keepers," was published by Scribner in June 2015, and the third novel, "End of Watch," was published by Scribner in June 2016. Here's what Tom Lesinski, CEO, Sonar Entertainment, had to say in his statement.
"AT&T Audience Network has been a great home for the series and we are thrilled to be moving forward with the entire creative team returning. We can't wait to get back into production and deliver another outstanding season."
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