The era of successful Stephen King adaptations continues as AT&T Television Network has announced that they have renewed Mr. Mercedes for a second season. Writer David E. Kelley, director Jack Bender, and lead Brendan Gleeson have all been confirmed to return for a total of 10 episodes to air in 2018.
Audience Network SVP Christopher Long confirmed that the success of the first season directly contributed to the show getting picked up for a second. "We’re thrilled that the first installment of Mr. Mercedes resonated with such a wide audience," 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."
In addition to garnering good reviews and high ratings for Audience, Mr. Mercedes features a pretty impressive cast. Alongside Gleeson, who plays retired detective Bill Hodges, the show stars Penny Dreadful's Harry Treadaway as the elusive "Mr. Mercedes" aka Brady Hartsfield, Mary-Louise Parker (Weeds) as Janey Patterson, and Scott Lawrence (JAG) as Detective Peter Dixon.
As far as the source material is concerned, Mr. Mercedes is the title of the first novel in King's Bill Hodges trilogy. The show had previously asserted that it will be pulling stories from all three of the books. Looks like they'll have even more time to tell those stories when Mr. Mercedes returns next year.