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‘Mr. Mercedes’ Renewed for Season 2 at Audience Network

Mr. Mercedes” has been renewed for Season 2 at AT&T’s Audience Network, the network announced Tuesday.

The second season will be based on Stephen King’s best-selling Bill Hodges Trilogy, which includes, “Mr. Mercedes,” “Finders Keepers” and “End of Watch.” David E. Kelley will return to write the script for Season 2, with Jack Bender also returning as director. King, Kelley and Bender will also continue to serve as executive producers, along with Dennis Lehane, who will also write, and Marty Bowen and Wyck Godfrey of Temple Hill Entertainment. The series is produced by Sonar Entertainment. Production for the 10 one-hour episodes is scheduled to begin in February of 2018.

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.

“We’re thrilled that the first installment of ‘Mr. Mercedes’ resonated with such a wide audience,” said Christopher Long, head of the 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 series has received widespread critical acclaim, currently holding an 85 percent approval rating on Rotten Tomatoes.

“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.”

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