It really is good to be "The King". AT&T's Audience Network has given the go-ahead for a second season of Mr. Mercedes head of the show's first season finale.
Based on Stephen King's best-selling Bill Hodges Trilogy (Mr. Mercedes, Finders Keepers and End of Watch), David E. Kelley and Jack Bender will be returning to write and direct the second season, respectively. King, Kelley, and Bender will also continue serving as series executive producers, along with author Dennis Lehane (Mystic River), who will also serve as series writer. Production on the 10-episode Season 2 is expected to start in February 2018.
Described by King as his first hard-boiled detective novel, Mr. Mercedes introduced us to retired police detective Bill Hodges as he races against time and his own mortality to finally put an end to the psychopathic machinations of serial killer Brady "Mr. Mercedes" Hartsfield once and for all.
"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."
– Christopher Long, Audience
Audience has this to say about their new series:
"A demented serial killer taunts a retired police detective 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 can strike again. Based on the bestselling novel by Stephen King. Directed by Jack Bender (Lost, Game of Thrones) and adapted for television by David E. Kelley. All three serve as Executive Producers."
Mr Mercedes stars Brendan Gleeson (In Bruges) as Detective Bill Hodges; Harry Treadaway (Penny Dreadful) as Brady Hartsfield; Jharrel Jerome (Moonlight) as Jerome Robinson; Mary-Louise Parker (Weeds) as Janey Patterson; Justine Lupe(Frances Ha) as Holly Gibney; Scott Lawrence (Legion) as Detective Peter Dixon; Kelly Lynch (The L Word) as Deborah Hartsfield; Ann Cusack (Better Call Saul) as Olivia Trelawney; Robert Stanton (True Story) as Anthony "Robi" Frobisher; Holland Taylor (The Practice) as Ida Silver; and Breeda Wool (UnREAL) as Lou Linklatter.