WonderCon Midnight, Texas Panel Discussion and Premiere
This past weekend audiences were treated to a sneak peek at the newest Charlaine Harris (True Blood) show—Midnight Texas, coming July 25th to NBC. I am a fan of the books this series is based on, and much like True Blood, the books are the guideline to create the television world of Midnight. I won’t spoil the plot, but there are things we learn in the pilot episode that aren’t even touched on until the second book. I am cool with this: television is a different medium than the written word and things need to be reworked—the pilot successfully left me intrigued and ready for more.
I reference True Blood, because it was based on Charlaine Harris books and turned into a television show, but at the heart of it, what made it (especially the first season) so great, was a small town. Midnight, Texas has the potential to recreate that feel with a batch of new and interesting characters. I again, don’t want to give too many details away other than the brief bios of the characters; but from what I watched and from what I have read, the beginning of the story is about a town dealing with a tragedy and how this unlikely band of misfits team up to protect each other and their town. It is not an unfamiliar story line, but we get a supernatural element to it and with the ending of NBC’s Grimm, audiences can get their supernatural fix in another quirky town.
Albuquerque, New Mexico serves as the filming location for the show and is a perfect substitute for Texas. The desert and isolation that make Midnight a refuge for the strange and unusual is clearly defined. The shows front runner is Manfred Bernardo (François Arnaud), a psychic-for-hire, that sees dead people, including his grandma Xylda (Joanne Camp). He moves to Midnight and quickly meets the town’s residents—it is a small town so the list isn’t long.
Bobo Winthrop (Dylan Bruce) is Manfred’s landlord and runs the local pawn shop. Olivia (Arielle Kebbel) is another tenant of Bobo’s and a hit-woman. Part-time employee and vampire Lemuel Bridger (Peter Mensah) is another resident. Fiji Cavanaugh (Parisa Fitz-Henley) a witch that lives with her cat Mr. Snuggly. Rev. Emilio Sheehan (Yul Vazquez) is a were-tiger, Joe Strong (Jason Lewis) is an angel, who runs the town salon with his husband Chuy Strong (Bernardo Saracino). The Lowell family round out the bunch—Shawn Lowell (Bob Jesser) runs the one gas station with the help of his daughter Creek (Sarah Ramos) and his son Connor (John-Paul Howard).
When July 25th rolls around I plan on making an appointment to watch the pilot again, along with the rest of the episodes. I hope others will take a watch—if you liked the other shows I mentioned, I think this will be enjoyable. If anyone else was at WonderCon and saw the panel, what are your thoughts?