Posted: Monday, July 24, 2017 – 11:26 AM
The supernatural thriller “Midnight, Texas,” based on the book series by Charlaine Harris, whose The Southern Vampire Mysteries” series was the source for HBO’s “True Blood,” premieres at 10 p.m. Monday evening on NBC.
Executive producer Monica Owusu-Breen described the three novels the series is based on as “very character-driven,” with “wild creativity” and characters who are “very three dimensional.”
“They are funny, and they fall in love and there’s passion,” Owusu- Breen said at an event organized by NBC to promote its summer programming. She said the series is “a little bit like (Harris’) books on steroids.”
“The novels had a very small town pace to it, which is very different from what a network requires,” said Owusu-Breen, who has been a writer- producer for such series as “Lost,” “Alias,” “Charmed,” “Fringe,” “Brothers & Sisters,” “Revolution” and “Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.”
Owusu-Breen said she “talked a lot” with Harris, who is a consulting producer.
Owusu-Breen described “Midnight, Texas” as “fun and heartfelt and about human beings struggling to be accepted for who they are.”
“Our episodes are like carnival rides,” Owusu-Breen told City News Service. “They’re fun and surprising and twisting and turning and then they scare you and then you laugh and have a good time.”
Fellow executive producer David Janollari said “Midnight, Texas” “subverts the traditional expectations of the supernatural genre with humor and surprise mythology you haven’t seen before.”
“Midnight, Texas” stars Francois Arnaud as a charming, powerful psychic who can communicate with spirits and finds safety in the remote Texas town of Midnight surrounding himself with both human and supernatural allies.
The cast also includes Dylan Bruce as the proprietor of Midnight’s pawn shop; Parisa Fitz-Henley as a witch who owns the town’s wiccan shop; Arielle Kebbel as a mysterious assassin with a weapon for every occasion; Jason Lewis as an angel who knows all of Midnight’s secrets having been around for millennia; Sarah Ramos as an aspiring writer with big dreams who learns her family is harboring a deep secret; and Yul Vasquez as the town’s minister who mysteriously disappears every month under the pull of the full moon.
“Every character brings something different to the table,” said Arnaud, who had the recurring role of Oscar on the NBC crime drama “Blindspot.”
“We are all wrestling with our inner demons, and it’s about controlling and taming them. There’s also a few ghost stories.”
The series stemmed in part from what Owusu-Breen called the “worst fall of my life where my mother, my mother-in-law, and my dog all died in the same month.”
“I wanted to develop something to take my mind off of it, and I read two chapters and called my agent and said I had to because my mother lived in a tiny town in the middle of nowhere where every house is a row house right next to each other and my mother-in-law was a psychic who moved to a small town,” Owusu-Breen said.