So, the first ever trailer for Mr. Mercedes - which is also the first-ever miniseries from AT&T's AUDIENCE Network (ed. note: yeah, we don't know, either, but they got Brendan Gleeson, so) - just made its way online.
Y'know, Mr. Mercedes - the Stephen King novel about the guy who murders people with a car and then taunts a policeman about it? Well, AT&T turned it into a limited series and now we're gonna watch the trailer. Buckle up (HAR!).
OK, first of all, here's the attached synopsis:
"From Executive Producers Stephen King, David E. Kelley and Jack Bender comes the story of a demented serial killer who taunts a retired police detective with a series of lurid letters and emails. This forces the ex-cop to undertake a private, and potentially felonious, crusade to bring the killer to justice before he can strike again.
Catch the premiere on AUDIENCE Network August 9th at 8pm ET/PT on DIRECTV CH. 239, U-verse CH. 1114 or streaming on DIRECTV NOW."
So maybe "Catch the premiere on AUDIENCE Network August 9th at 8pm ET/PT on DIRECTV CH. 239, U-verse CH. 1114 or streaming on DIRECTV NOW" isn't the kind of sentence that just rolls off the tongue. And yeah, maybe most of us don't even know what the AUDIENCE network is. And fine, maybe that is why AT&T felt inclined to explicitly include the channel number in the trailer's plot synopsis.
But whatever! Let's talk about that trailer, which a) seems to be promising something far more polished than we expected and b) could probably use an extensive re-edit, because the trailer itself feels roughly seventeen hours long. In the end, I'm kind of left feeling about this Mr. Mercedes as I've felt about the King novel that inspired it: I'll get around to it eventually. The rest of you are urged to tune into the AUDIENCE Network on August 9th at 8pm ET/PT (pssst, it's channel 239).