“Mr. Mercedes” & “Ransom” Score Renewals

Ahead of tomorrow’s season finale, AUDIENCE Network has announced it has picked up its Stephen King adaptation “Mr. Mercedes” for a second season. A further ten one-hour episodes begin production in February in Charleston, South Carolina ahead of a late 2018 launch.

The first season follows 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.

TV vets David E. Kelley (“Big Little Lies,” “Boston Legal”) and acclaimed author Dennis Lehane return to write the script and Jack Bender (“Lost”) is back as director. King, Kelley, Bender and Lehane will continue to serve as executive producers,.

The second season will be based on King’s best-selling Bill Hodges Trilogy, which includes, “Mr. Mercedes,” “Finders Keepers” and “End of Watch”.

That’s not the only renewal news though as CBS today announced that its drama series “Ransom” has been renewed for a second season. Thirteen new episodes will be filmed in Hungary for broadcast next year.

Luke Roberts stars as expert hostage negotiator Eric Beaumont whose team is brought in to save lives when no one else can. Sarah Greene, Brandon Jay McLaren and Nazneen Contractor also star. David Vainola and Frank Spotnitz created the series.