AT&T Audience Network has renewed the dramatic thriller Mr. Mercedes for a second season. Season one of the series based on Stephen King’s book series stars Brendan Gleeson, Harry Treadaway, Holland Taylor, Kelly Lynch, Jharrel Jerome, and Breeda Wool. The first season will finish up on October 11, 2017 at 8pm ET/PT.
Season one of Mr. Mercedes followed the events in the first book of King’s bestselling Bill Hodges Trilogy. The trilogy’s made up of 2014’s Mr. Mercedes, 2015’s Finders Keepers, and 2016’s End of Watch.
Season two will begin production in Charleston, South Carolina in February 2018. The second season will consist of 10 one-hour episodes written by David E. Kelley and directed by Jack Bender. Kelley, Bender, and Stephen King are executive producing along with Dennis Lehane.
“I’m excited and thrilled,” said Kelley. “Stephen King, Dennis Lehane, Jack Bender, Brendan Gleeson… this is a special team indeed.”
“Mr. Mercedes is Stephen King writing about the monsters inside his characters rather than outside,” said Bender. “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.”
“We’re thrilled that the first installment of Mr. Mercedes resonated with such a wide audience,” said Christopher Long, head of AT&T AUDIENCE Network. “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.”
The Plot: Season 1 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.