That killer is Hartsfield, a demented psychopath who taunts
Hodges with a series of lurid letters and emails, forcing the former detective
out of retirement. “You don’t need to worry, Ma. I’m taking care of us in that
basement,” Hartsfield says to his mother (played by Kelly Lynch) about a secret
plan he’s working on.
Hodges and Hartsfield soon end up in a dangerous game of cat
and mouse as the retired detective tries to stop the killer before he strikes
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Based on King’s 2014 hard-boiled detective series, Mr. Mercedes was adapted for TV by David
E. Kelley, who is fresh off HBO’s hit adaptation of Big Little Lies, with Under
the Dome and Lost director Jack
Bender helming multiple episodes. The cast also includes Moonlight’s Jharrel Jerome as Jerome Robinson, UnREAL breakout Breeda Wool as Lou Linklatter, Ann Cusack as Olivia
Trelawney, Mary-Louise Parker as Janey Patterson and Holland Taylor as Ida
Mr. Mercedes is
just one of many King adaptations taking over our screens this summer. First up
is Spike’s take on The Mist, one of
ET’s can’t-miss shows of the summer, and later comes the long-awaited film
adaptation of The Dark Tower starring
Idris Elba and a remake of It.
Mr. Mercedes premieres
Wednesday, Aug. 9 at 8 p.m. ET/PT on the Audience Network (exclusively
available through DirecTV).