Mr. Mercedes Season 3

Audience Networks’ Mr. Mercedes returned for a third panel for the Television Critics Association. The show is based on Stephen King’s Bill Hodges trilogy, with the third season adapting the second book in the series. Mr. Mercedes director Jack Bender and cast members were on the panel to discuss the new season.

Season 3 adapts Finders Keepers, the middle book in King’s trilogy. It introduces Morris Bellamy (Gabriel Ebert), a thief who ends up killing author John Rothstein (Bruce Dern) in a robbery. Bill Hodges (Brendan Gleeson) is on the case.

Bender and Ebert discussed the third season of Mr. Mercedes, including the mysteries of whether Mr. Mercedes (Harry Treadaway) himself is really gone and how much Dern will actually appear. Season three premieres September 10 on Audience Network. 

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Stephen King recently celebrated his 71st birthday and if you tuned into Castle Rock — Hulu’s streaming television series based on characters and settings from the world of King — you might have been going through withdrawals since the show’s finale. For fans eager to get caught up in the mania of another mystery-driven show like Lost or Twin PeaksCastle Rock scratched a very specific itch, getting its hooks into Redditors and inspiring articles likening King to the Charles Dickens of the 21st century.

The effect that Castle Rock had on me is that it made me want to go back and rediscover King’s stories across all forms of media, including but not limited to movies. This ranking of the many movies adapted from King’s books is a good guide for those who want to go down that particular rabbit hole; but in the same way that Castle Rock teased the existence of other realities beyond the one its characters inhabited, there’s a wide world of King content out there and it doesn’t look to be letting up its expansion anytime soon.

As it turns out, the Stephen King renaissance extends well beyond movies to a vast multiverse of multimedia, everything from books to audiobooks to comic books and other streaming TV shows and streaming movies. Most of these stories work as standalone narratives but taken as parts of a whole, they also further enrich and enhance each other. Let’s venture off the beaten path of theatrical releases and dive deep into eight other corners of the Stephen King multiverse.

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lost in space trailer

In this edition of TV bits:

  • ABC Orders The Goldbergs Spinoff
  • Netflix is already planning Lost In Space season 2
  • Ian Somerhalder will star in Netflix’s vampire drama Series
  • Mr. Mercedes season 2 coming in August
  • A Little Help with Carol Burnett has a premiere date
  • HBO will make a documentary about John McCain
  • Showtime and Bad Robot are producing a James Corden pilot
  • The trailer for Dear White People season 2

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Mr. Mercedes TV Series

David E. Kelly and Lost director Jack Bender have adapted Stephen King’s book Mr. Mercedes as a series for Audience Network. King has written three books featuring Bill Hodges, the retired detective played by Brendan Gleeson on Mr. Mercedes. Chris Long, Head of Audience Network, told the Television Critics Association he hopes to produce multiple seasons to cover subsequent books.

“Obviously we have to see how it performs, but that is the plan,” Long said. “I think the plan is to go into the other two books.”

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Mr Mercedes Trailer

It seems like even cellular networks are getting into the TV streaming game. And surprisingly, AT&T looks like it has a pretty solid first offering.

Stephen King‘s hardboiled 2014 detective novel Mr. Mercedes will be adapted into an AT&T original series, with reputable names behind and in front of the camera, including Big Little Lies creator David E. Kelley as showrunner and Brendan Gleeson as the star. And the recently released Mr. Mercedes trailer suggests that this unusual project is shaping up to be quite good.

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