TV viewers who will endure a long wait for their favorite shows on break need not worry. The summer TV lineup has some interesting things to offer, including the Midnight, Texas TV series based on Charlaine Harris’ novel of the same name.
A new trailer recently dropped for the upcoming NBC series and it offers a good overview on what to expect for the adaptation. It introduces the different characters of the story, including their special abilities.
Front and center in the trailer is protagonist Manfred (François Arnaud) who arrives in the small town of Midnight. Just as he enters the Texan town, a voice over says “You’ll be safe in Midnight.” The trailer consequently reveals the voice comes from a ghost Manfred sees.
Manfred later on discovers that Midnight harbors tons of people like him, namely with supernatural abilities. The trailer reveals the different faces around town including the angel Joe (Jason Lewis), the “Rev” (Yul Vazquez), Fiji (Parisa Fitz-Henley) and Olivia (Arielle Kebbel).
Consequently, the video clip later reveals that Manfred’s arrival in Midnight is no coincidence. Apparently, a prophecy detailed that an army will rise to battle evil in the town and it will be led “by a man who can bridge the living and the dead.” Some excerpts from the trailer show that Manfred’s psychic powers and ability to talk to the dead will come in handy.
Midnight, Texas TV Series and Its Origins
The Midnight, Texas TV series hails from Charlaine Harris who also penned the True Blood novels. Three novels comprise the Midnight, Texas series starting with the first book, Midnight Crossroad. The remaining two books are Day Shift and Night Shift.
Screen Rant talked with series executive producer Monica Owusu-Breen about what changes were made from the books to accommodate to TV. The source quotes the EP as saying:
“…this is Charlaine Harris’s novels that this is based on. So, like all of her novels, it’s very character‑driven. It’s also got this wild creativity. …But she understands that 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.”
Source Material vs TV Output
As with the usual case of adaptations, there will always be differences with the source material and how it translates on the screen. Giving the audiences a good look of the TV version, ComingSoon.net offers the following description for the series.
“Based on the best-selling book series by Charlaine Harris, Midnight, Texas stars François Arnaud as Manfred, a charming, powerful psychic who can communicate with spirits and finds safety in Midnight surrounding himself with both human and supernatural allies. Midnight is also home to Bobo (Dylan Bruce), proprietor of Midnight’s local pawn shop ; Fiji, a witch who owns the local wiccan shop ; Olivia, a mysterious assassin with a weapon for every occasion ; Joe, an angel who knows all of Midnight’s secrets having been around for millennia ; Lemuel (Peter Mensah), a wise vampire with a long history in Midnight; Creek (Sarah Ramos), an aspiring writer with big dreams; and Rev. Emilio Sheehan, who can’t resist the pull of a full moon.”
Midnight, Texas premieres on July 25 at 10 p.m. in NBC. Check out the trailer below.
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