This week saw the premiere of “Midnight, Texas“, a new TV series based on a book series by the same name written by Charlaine Harris, who also wrote the source novels for HBO’s “True Blood”.
Imagine if Cole Sear from The Sixth Sense grew up having accepted his gift and was using it to make a living. That’s pretty much how our main character comes across. As the series opens, Manfred Bernardo, played by François Arnaud (The Borgias, Blindspot), a psychic from a long line of gypsy fortune tellers, is on the run from someone he scammed when the spirit of his dead grandmother convinces him to head for a town in Texas called Midnight. She promises him he’ll be safe there.
Of course, Manfred’s arrival coincides with a murder, bringing into town a murderous biker gang, and the local law enforcement. Caught up in everything and among people every bit as ‘different’ as he is, Manfred offers his help in solving the murder and helping the people of Midnight.
We’re introduced to the town’s residents, who number very few, but include among them a vampire played by Peter Mensah (Avatar, True Blood, Sleepy Hollow). We also have a werewolf, a witch complete with talking cat, and a fallen angel. There are others, whose humanity is also questionable, but their stories will likely wait until later in the season.
Midnight, Texas is a fun piece, and hopefully it picks up some steam. For a series premiere though, it seemed a little lackluster, especially on the heels of the second season of Preacher on AMC. So far, it has more of a lighthearted take on the urban fantasy genre than the older show, although their settings feel almost uncomfortably similar. With a little luck, it’ll last long enough to gather some strength and forge its own identity, and we might not have to see it disappear into the abyss of shows canceled before their time.
You can catch “Midnight, Texas” on NBC, Mondays at 10/9 central.