The town of Midnight, Texas is full of misfits and quirky locals. Where else can you find a group of friends that includes an angel, a vampire, a hit woman, a witch… and a talking cat? Those are just some of the characters in NBC’s Midnight Texas TV show, based on the series by bestselling author Charlaine Harris. Fans may recognize Harris as the powerhouse behind the Sookie Stockhouse novels, adapted for HBO as True Blood. As audiences eagerly await the premiere of Harris’s latest TV adaptation, we’re rounding up everything to know about the Midnight, Texas TV show. Check out the list below.
1. Midnight, Texas will differ from Harris’s True Blood in various ways.
Midnight, Texas is not just a vampire drama. Executive producer Monica Owusu-Breen told fans:
“I think for me what makes Midnight special is that it has this kind heart in the middle of it. All these people who have never felt at home or who have been persecuted or have suffered have found a place they’re accepted. That’s different from True Blood. From [True Blood‘s] first cold open that show was about desire and blood and body fluids.”
Midnight, Texas also won’t be as explicit as HBO’s True Blood, as it is airing on NBC.
2. The cast is full of talened actors from both the big and small screens.
Midnight is home to Bobo (Dylan Bruce, Orphan Black); Fiji (Parisa Fitz-Henley, Luke Cage); Lemuel (Peter Mensah, True Blood); Olivia (Arielle Kebbel, The Vampire Diaries); Creek (Sarah Ramos, Parenthood); the town’s newcomer Manfred (François Arnaud, The Borgias) Reverend Emilio Sheehan (Yul Vazquez, Captain Phillips); and Joe (Jason Lewis, Sex and the City). Bernardo Sacarino (Sicario) plays Chuy (not pictured above).
According to Fitz-Henley, the cast bonded quickly while filming in New Mexico:
“Being in a place like Albuquerque…people call it Albu-quirky for a reason. We’re together all the time. We’re not driving across LA… We built a family.”
3. Similar to source material, the TV series is a mash-up of different genres.
Midnight, Texas is full of supernatural suspense, as well as horror, romance, and action. Executive producer David Janollari told fans:
“The combination of all of those genres are really fun. It’s really fun to get scared watching these episodes. It’s really fun to fall in love with the characters falling in love. It’s really fun to live in Midnight. So we think it’s a great fun summer show.”
4. However, viewers can expect the series to be faster paced and more intense than the books.
The action of the first episode jumps right into a certain picnic scene, which readers will recognize as important to the plot, but placed a bit further into the book. Owusu-Breen said:
“[Harris] understands the novel had a very, sort of, small‑town pace to it — which is very different from what network requires. So, it’s a little bit like her books on steroids.”
Fans of the books may also be surprised at how quickly the TV adaptation shares who (and what) the locals really are. Owusu-Breen explained this decision:
“We let the audience know who they are and ask questions about that. It’s not their powers that make them interesting. They’re interesting and they have powers.”
5. Details were important to everyone during filming — from the producers to the cast.
Fans needn’t worry that the showrunners left out anything crucial to Harris’s original story. Even Mandred’s tattoos have meaning — he uses the arrows to channel energy. However, Arnaud does jokingly admit, “I tried to fight for more piercings. In the book he had more piercings.”
6. Harris approves of the TV series.
Harris has reportedly seen the first two episodes, and the author loves everything from the acting to the writing to the camera work. She told Moviepilot, “It’s quick-paced, visually interesting, and the characters are just fantastic.”
7. The show premieres on July 24, and you can catch up with the trailer below.
NBC released the trailer in March — and it definitely sparks our interest!
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