True Blood Author's New TV Show Is Happening, Here's The Latest

In some ways, it feels like it’s been way longer than 21 months since True Blood went out with a finale that was both extremely disgusting and pretty disappointing for many fans. In other ways, though, it feels like it was just yesterday Bill Compton was whisper-growling on a weekly basis. True Blood author Charlaine Harris actually left Sookie Stackhouse behind three years ago, and the book series that she started writing after that, Midnight, Texas, was just picked up to series over at NBC. We probably shouldn’t expect any huge monster orgies at any point.

The series order for Midnight, Texas did not come with any specified number of episodes, sadly, so we’ll have to wait to see just how many we’ll get to feast on later this year. Given that there are currently three books in the series – the third was just published earlier this month – I’m guessing NBC will want to keep this thing going for as long as people are tuning in. And you will know right away whether or not you’re interested.

Midnight, Texas shares its name with the town at the center of the narrative. It’s the place where Manfred Bernardo (Blindspot’s François Arnaud) relocates, thinking he’s found a nice and quiet place to do his secret business. But things aren’t quite as they seem, and this is an area filled to the brim with all manner of monstrous creatures, from vampires to telepaths to murderers to witches. It’s a place where people (to use the word lightly) can come together to assist each other in fending off unwanted attention from the local police, biker gangs, and the demons in some residents’ pasts. Anyone who has seen True Blood knows what this kind of story is like, but hopefully Midnight, Texas doesn’t nosedive into awfulness at any point.

According to EW, this new supernatural drama will also star Orphan Black’s Dylan Bruce, Jessica Jones’ Parisa Fitz-Henley, Ballers’ Arielle Kebbel, Parenthood’s Sarah Ramos, Spartacus: Blood and Sand’s Peter Mensah, The Lottery’s Yul Vazquez, and Rectify’s Sean Bridgers. That is a very TV-friendly group right there.

Midnight, Texas first joined the TV development slate back in October of last year, when witches and vampires were right at home. It’s taken a while, but apparently NBC is happy enough with what they’ve seen to want a lot more of it on a regular basis. The adaptation is being written by a href=>Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. and Fringe writer/producer Monica Breen, someone who obviously knows a thing or two about putting up popular genre fiction. The pilot was directed by Girl With the Dragon Tattoo director Niels Arden Oplev, who also shot the pilots for shows like Under the Dome, Mr. Robot and more.

Stay tuned for more info on Midnight, Texas, such as trailers and release dates. Until then, check out everything you’ll be able to find on TV before the fall with our handy TV premiere schedule.

Nick Venable
Assistant Managing Editor

Nick is a Cajun Country native, and is often asked why he doesn't sound like that's the case. His love for his wife and daughters is almost equaled by his love of gasp-for-breath laughter and gasp-for-breath horror. A lifetime spent in the vicinity of a television screen led to his current dream job, as well as his knowledge of too many TV themes and ad jingles.