Midnight, Texas is one of the new TV shows that will air on NBC this summer. Instead of just focusing on one supernatural creature, like some other shows, this one will feature a variety of characters. In a recent interview, actor Francois Arnaud talked about his character, the theme, and what viewers can expect when the series begins airing.
A few months ago, the plans for the televisions how were announced. According to the network’s official website, it is being described as a supernatural thriller and is based on the trilogy from Charlaine Harris. This is the same author who made waves with True Blood.
“The town of Midnight sits on a veil between the living and hell. This supernatural thriller takes a journey into a remote Texas town called Midnight where nothing is what it seems. Where being normal is strange and only outsiders fit in, Midnight is a mysterious safe haven for those who are different – a perfect place for anyone looking to hide from the outside world.”
In the latest issue of TV Guide, Francois Arnaud talked about Midnight, Texas, and his character, Manfred, who is a powerful psychic. Running away from some bad and dangerous deeds in his past, Manfred ends up in the town of Midnight.
“He’s on the run because he’s done some very bad things to some very bad people. He wants to settle down in a calm, peaceful place – and his dead grandmother suggests he’d fit right in there.”
However, Manfred isn’t going to get peace and quiet. Being a gifted medium, he can communicate with spirits. The house he rents just happens to be full of them. Then, things get even more chaotic when a woman is found dead during a picnic. This causes the town residents, including the supernatural creatures in Midnight, Texas to become wary of the new resident. This includes a vampire (Peter Mensah), a witch (Parisa Fitz-Henley), an angel (Jason Lewis), and a weretiger (Yul Vasquez).
The only person in town who doesn’t seem to have any problems trusting Manfred is a waitress named Creek (Sarah Ramos). Arnaud teased that the two form a quick bond over their pasts. He also mentioned that both Manfred and Creek struggle with internal demons. Despite the initial suspicion from the supernatural residents, they will eventually all become allies because there are darker forces coming.
“As the town members fight off outside pressures from ever-suspicious cops, deadly biker gangs and their own dangerous pasts, they band together and form an unlikely but strong family.”
Even though True Blood and Midnight, Texas do share common elements, like supernatural creatures, there is one big difference. Executive producer Monica Owusu-Breen explained the theme of the show.
“[True Blood was driven by sex and desire], but the theme in Midnight is community – people who are different wanting to live in peace with their tribe.”
However, the characters won’t get to live in peace. It is already being threatened by suspicious police officers and a vicious gang. There is also a portal that lets all kinds of evil creatures come through. When the show premieres, that portal will begin opening once again. Will the characters choose to run away, or stay and fight for their town?
“That last time that happened demons came through. And soon, there will be a decision to make: Flee the coming conflict or protect the place they’ve finally found a real home in?”
What do you think of what Francois Arnaud and Monica Owusu-Breen had to say about Midnight, Texas? Could this NBC series be as popular as True Blood? Find out when the first episode airs on July 24.
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