AT&T AUDIENCE Network Announces Second Season Pickup of Critically-Acclaimed Original Series “Mr. Mercedes”

Season 2 Based on Second Novel in Stephen King’s “Mr. Mercedes” Trilogy, “Finders Keepers,” To Be Written By David E. Kelly and Directed by Jack Bender
10 One-Hour Episodes To Premiere in 2018

 

EL SEGUNDO, Calif., Oct. 9, 2017 – Leading up to the highly anticipated season finale this Wednesday, 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.

Returning for the second season will be television veterans David E. Kelley (Boston Legal, Ally McBeal, The Practice) to write the script adapted from Stephen King’s best-selling detective triology, “Mr. Mercedes,” and Jack Bender (Lost, Under the Dome) as director. King, Kelley and Bender will also continue to serve as executive producers. Sonar Entertainment will continue producing and distributing worldwide outside the U.S.

“The positive feedback we have received from viewers has been overwhelming and made ‘Mr. Mercedes’ the most watched original series ever on our network,” said Christopher Long, head of AT&T AUDIENCE Network. “AUDIENCE Network’s ability to provide a platform that cultivates an uninhibited creative process is what attracted great TV minds like David E. Kelley and Jack Bender to this project. Sonar has also been an unbelievable partner throughout this entire process and we look forward to a great second season.”

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.

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. 

All of “Mr. Mercedes” season 1 episodes are available OnDemand on DIRECTV and U-verse platforms. AT&T AUDIENCE Network is available on DIRECTV Ch. 239 or U-verse TV Ch. 1114 and via live streaming on the DIRECTV and U-verse apps and DIRECTV NOW.

About Sonar Entertainment

Sonar Entertainment is a leading independent entertainment studio that develops, produces, finances and distributes premium content for global audiences. We offer a unique platform for creative talent with the support of a full-service studio and global distribution company. Our financial strength and independence provides us with the freedom to fund development and expansive productions on a global scale and partner with the most innovative storytellers in the industry. 

Current Sonar series on-air, in production or slated to commence production include Seasons One and Two of internationally successful The Shannara Chronicles, for MTV; The Son, starring Pierce Brosnan for AMC; Mr. Mercedes, written by David E. Kelley, based on the novel by Stephen King, with the AT&T AUDIENCE Network for DIRECTV and AT&T U-verse; and Das Boot, an eight-part series based on the acclaimed movie, for Sky. Sonar also distributes internationally, outside the UK, Taboo, for FX and BBC One, starring Tom Hardy and executive produced by Ridley Scott, recently renewed for a second season.

About AT&T AUDIENCE Network

Always Original. Always Bold. Never Ordinary. AT&T AUDIENCE Network brings fresh, provocative content exclusively to DIRECTV, AT&T U-verse and DIRECTV NOW customers. It’s committed to pushing the envelope with a growing slate of critically acclaimed original series.

Its latest lineup includes an adaptation of Stephen King’s “Mr. Mercedes” and upcoming political thriller “Condor.” New original comedies include “Hit The Road” and “Loudermilk.” It’s also home to the industry-first polyamorous romcom “You Me Her” and the MMA drama “Kingdom.” AT&T AUDIENCE Network brings viewers real drama with its original documentaries “The Volunteers” and “The Sign” and intimate celebrity interviews on “Off Camera with Sam Jones.” “The Dan Patrick Show” and “The Rich Eisen Show” offer sports fans live, daily news from renowned sports journalists. And “Undeniable with Joe Buck” puts viewers front row for in-depth chats with sports icons like Derek Jeter and Michael Phelps. Plus, music fans can see exclusive concerts by today’s hottest artists on AUDIENCE Music. It’s original entertainment you won’t see anywhere else.

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