[embed-3] The Charleston-filmed series Mr. Mercedes, the TV adaptation of a 2014 Stephen King detective novel, will premiere Wed. August 9 exclusively on AT&T’s Audience network.
We’ve spotted Mercedes filming around Charleston for the past few months and crews are reportedly shooting the season finale here this week, so it comes as a bit of a surprise that it sounds like the show will be produced in time for an August release. Early releases about the series slated it for a 2018 debut. Since it’s on Audience, it looks like only subscribers to U-Verse and DirecTV or its on-demand service will be able to watch the show initially.
[content-3] [content-2] A teaser trailer posted online last week shows an overhead view of a peaceful suburban neighborhood while eerie ice cream truck music plays until the frame is darkened by a smiley face mylar balloon.
Mr. Mercedes follows the saga of an ice cream truck-driving killer, played by Treadway, who torments a retired detective played by Gleeson, “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.”
[embed-1] The show was adapted for TV by David E. Kelley, who also wrote the recent hit HBO mini-series Big Little Lies. Jack Bender, who has episodes of Game of Thrones and Lost to his name, directed ‘multiple’ season one episodes.
Some names you’ll recognize from the cast: Brendan Gleeson (Harry Potter), Harry Treadaway (Penny Dreadful), Mary Louise Parker (Weeds), and Jharrel Jerome (Moonlight.)
Last week, we talked with Jerome, who also recently released his first hip-hop EP, about living in the Holy City as a 19-year old fresh off starring in the Oscar-winning film: “My dreams are coming true and I just feel like I’m on top of the world.”