Midnight, Texas

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Midnight, Texas
Midnight Texas title.jpg
Genre
Based on Midnight, Texas by Charlaine Harris
Developed by Monica Owusu-Breen
Starring
Composer(s) Jacob Groth
Country of origin United States
Original language(s) English
No. of seasons 1
No. of episodes 10 (list of episodes)
Production
Executive producer(s)
Producer(s)
  • Anne-Marie McGintee
  • Christopher Markey
Location(s)
Cinematography
Editor(s)
  • Timothy Good
  • John Heath
  • Arman Tahmizyan
  • Louis Cioffi
Running time 43 minutes
Production company(s)
Distributor NBCUniversal Television Distribution
Release
Original network NBC
Picture format HDTV 1080i
Original release July 24, 2017 (2017-07-24) – present
External links
Website

Midnight, Texas is an American supernatural drama television series broadcast on NBC.[1] Midnight, Texas is based on the book series of the same name by author Charlaine Harris, who also wrote The Southern Vampire Mysteries, the novels which were adapted into the True Blood television series.[2] The series premiered on July 24, 2017.[3] On February 14, 2018, NBC renewed the series for a second season, which will premiere on October 26, 2018.[4][5]

Synopsis[edit]

On the run from his past, young psychic Manfred Bernardo is told by the ghost of his grandmother to seek out refuge in Midnight, Texas. There, he will find a community that can help him. Full of diverse characters—including a vampire, a witch, a fallen angel, a demon and a shapeshifter—Midnight faces numerous threats from the outside world as it welcomes the newcomer.

Characters[edit]

Main[edit]

  • Manfred Bernardo (François Arnaud), a psychic who moves to Midnight trying to outrun trouble that is following him.[6]
  • Bobo Winthrop (Dylan Bruce), the human proprietor of Midnight Pawn, landlord to Lemuel, Olivia, and Manfred. Also, the best friend of Fiji.[7]
  • Fiji Cavanaugh (Parisa Fitz-Henley), a quirky free-spirited witch who owns Midnight's magic shop and struggles to come to terms with how powerful she really is.
  • Olivia Charity (Arielle Kebbel), a freelance assassin with as many secrets as guns she owns, and lover of Lemuel.[8]
  • Joe Strong (Jason Lewis), a fallen angel who has prophesied darkness heading towards Midnight and husband of Chuy, who admonishes him for revealing his angelhood to others.
  • Lemuel "Lem" Bridger (Peter Mensah), a vampire with a dark past who first came to Midnight in the 1950s and never left, and Olivia's lover.
  • Creek Lovell (Sarah Ramos), the mortal "girl next door beauty" waitress and gas-station attendant who becomes the love interest of Manfred, much to her father's distaste.[9] (season 1)
  • Reverend Emilio Sheehan (Yul Vazquez), a quiet weretiger who presides over the Wedding Chapel and Pet Cemetery and their Midnighter patrons. (season 1)

Recurring[edit]

  • Xylda (Joanne Camp), a former psychic and Manfred's grandmother and con-partner who now appears as a ghost to watch over him.
  • Madonna Reed (Kellee Stewart), a fierce protector of her fellow Midnighters, and waitress and bartender at Midnight's Home Cookin' diner.
  • Chuy Strong (Bernardo Saracino), a half-demon who, along with his husband, Joe, fears others will find out what they are.
  • Shawn Lovell (Bob Jesser), the owner of Midnight's Gas 'N Go, who is an overly protective father to his children and distrusts Manfred.
  • Connor Lovell (John-Paul Howard), the younger brother of Creek, who is as protective of her as she is of him. He harbors a secret of his own.
  • Mr. Snuggly (Joe Smith), Fiji's talking familiar cat, who previously belonged to her aunt Mildred.

Episodes[edit]

No.TitleDirected byTeleplay byOriginal air dateU.S. viewers
(millions)
1"Pilot"Niels Arden OplevMonica Owusu-BreenJuly 24, 2017 (2017-07-24)3.57[10]
Pursued by a mysterious man named Hightower, young psychic Manfred Barnardo flees his life in Dallas and moves to the mysterious town of Midnight, Texas. While there, he meets the locals and forms a bond with a waitress named Creek. However, soon after his arrival the many members of the town begin to show impossible secrets, and a young woman named Aubrey Harrison is found dead. Manfred attempts to connect with Aubrey's spirit to solve her murder, but accidentally floods his house full of ghosts and evil spirits. Manfred uses her tip-off on his Ouija board to locate the murder weapon, which the police link to his landlord and Aubrey's fiancee Bobo. At the end of the episode, Bobo is arrested, much to the disbelief of the local community, especially local "wiccan" Fiji, who attacks the police car with magic. Manfred returns to his house to find it glowing orange and filled with ghosts and evil spirits.
2"Bad Moon Rising"David SolomonMonica Owusu-BreenJuly 31, 2017 (2017-07-31)3.29[11]
Manny enlists the help of the other 'Midnighters' to try and get rid of the ghosts and demonic entity haunting his house, and Fiji performs an exorcism to try and encourage the spirits to move. Meanwhile, Manny tries to help clear Bobo's name by allowing Aubrey to inhabit his body so that he can see what happened to her, before relaying this to the sheriff at Davey, who still seems skeptical. The sheriff's deputy makes a fatal error when she decides to investigate noises coming from the Reverend's cellar, causing chaos throughout the town, which Lemuel, Manny, Fiji and Olivia try to clear up. The demonic entity in Manny's home turns out to be a lot more powerful than it first seems, causing serious problems for Fiji. Bobo is freed after a Sons of Lucifer jacket with Aubrey's hair in its zipper is found downstream of her body. The Sons of Lucifer, led by Aubrey's husband, then murder the sheriff.
3"Lemuel, Unchained"David SolomonTuri Meyer & Al SeptienAugust 7, 2017 (2017-08-07)3.06[12]
An old friend of Lemuel's arrives in town with a nest of vampires, though it's soon revealed that there's more to his visit than a reunion. Joe reveals who he is to the Reverend, and his fears about what's happening in the town. Lemuel tells Olivia how he became a vampire, while Manny's grandmother reveals her own past with the vampire to her grandson. When Lemuel is betrayed, and the city is in danger, Manny and the others prepare for a fight, and Bobo and Fiji grow closer. With Joe's help, the vampires are destroyed and Olivia saves Lemuel from the sun. Creek and her father clash over her relationship with Manny.
4"Sexy Beast"Steve ShillLiz SagalAugust 14, 2017 (2017-08-14)3.19[13]
Bobo refers a client to Manfred, a woman who's looking for her younger brother, which leads Manfred to uncover an ancient supernatural who seduces and feeds on men, and seeks his friends' help to deal with her. Olivia interrogates a man she discovered following her after a job. He was hired by her father, and she sends him back with a message to leave her alone, revealing part of her past in the process. Meanwhile, Bobo tries to keep his past a secret, and he and Fiji finally kiss.
5"Unearthed"Milan CheylovBrynn MaloneAugust 21, 2017 (2017-08-21)2.85[14]
When Manfred's dark past finally catches up to him, Creek turns to Olivia for help. As it turns out, Xilda and Manny ran away with Hightower's money on the day of Manny's wedding to his daughter Violet, and she committed suicide. This causes frictions between Manny and Creek, but he finally clears things up by summoning Violet's spirit. Meanwhile, the Sons of Lucifer kidnap Fiji, forcing Bobo to confront his own troubled history: his parents are white supremacists, and he ran away at 17 with a huge weapons cache, which the Sons want in exchange for Fiji's life. With Lemuel's help, Bobo rescues Fiji and they get rid of the Sons, but Fiji asks him for some time off.
6"Blinded by the Light"Nick GomezMark H. KrugerAugust 28, 2017 (2017-08-28)3.37[15]
A girl from a neighboring town goes missing so the citizens go looking for her and find Tiffany, the girl from the vampire van (from Lemuel Unchained). The Rev reveals part of what he knows about Midnight and the veil in order to calm Fiji and Manfred. Joe reveals his secret. The missing girl is found with Creek's father, whom the midnighters come to believe is the man who murdered Aubrey and Tiffany and kidnapped the girl. In a shock twist, the serial killer is revealed to be Creek's brother Connor, and Lemuel is forced to kill him.
7"Angel Heart"Mairzee AlmasLarry Caldwell & Liz SagalSeptember 4, 2017 (2017-09-04)2.93[16]
Bowie, an angelic bounty hunter and Joe's former mentor, arrives in Midnight to punish him for leaving the angelic fold. Joe and Chuy ask for their friends' help, disclosing Chuy's real self and the story of how they meet. Now also a fallen angel, Bowie wants revenge from Joe's humilliation. Joe's not strong enough to defeat his former mentor and, when their friends' plan falls, Chuy transforms into a demon to kill her, and Joe is the only one who can help him turn back into a human. Joe also tells Manny his belief that he is the leader who will close Hell's breach forever. However, after Creek breaks up with him to find herself, Manny leaves Midnight.
8"Last Temptation of Midnight"Kevin TancharoenMonica Owusu-BreenSeptember 11, 2017 (2017-09-11)2.52[17]
Manfred's grandmother Xylda confesses that she had a vision that confirm's Joe's words and tries to convince him to return to Midnight, but his van breaks down and he gets lost in the desert. Meanwhile, a faceless supernatural makes a pilgrimage to Midnight to usher in a demon's arrival from the veil to Hell with an human sacrifice. Xylda finally convinces Manny to go back, and moves on to the afterlife. Manfred hitchhikes in the faceless supernatural truck, but manages to escape being killed. Back on Midnight, the Hell's breach is affecting its inhabitants. Manny returns in time to prevent Creek from killing herself and Lemuel from turning Olivia, but the sacrifice is made.
9"Riders on the Storm"Greg BeemanAl Septien & Turi MeyerSeptember 13, 2017 (2017-09-13)2.45[18]
As the veil breaks and an apocalyptic sandstorm engulfs Midnight, the Midnighters rally to protect Fiji from demonic forces. Fiji remembers her arrival to Midnight 10 years before, when her aunt Mildred told they were both witches and taught her. With his friends' help, Manny tries to raise the spirit of the shaman who closed the breach the first time around, but they have to flee Midnight. But the sandstorm follows them, forcing them hide in abandoned club. Fiji reveals that the demon, Colconnar, wants her because she is a rare and powerful virgin witch but she omits the fact that she accidentally killed her boyfriend, Jeremy. Olivia tells Lemuel she is going to leave Midnight once Fiji is safe. Fiji and Manny find a way to get answers, but black magic requires a sacrifice. Fiji's cat offers himself, but the spell takes Manny's instead. In the afterlife, Manny meets the shaman, who tells him how to close the breach. Colconnar's envoy, Jeremy, tells her that if she comes to Colconnar willingly, he will spare the others. Manny returns to life, but Fiji has left.
10"The Virgin Sacrifice"David SolomonMonica Owusu-BreenSeptember 18, 2017 (2017-09-18)2.72[19]
With Hell literally about to erupt, Manfred leads the Midnighters to take back their home. Bobo, Creek and Olivia find Fiji, but Olivia is badly burnt by a spectre. As the shaman told him that to destroy evil he has to know evil, Manny allows himself to be possessed by demonic spirits from the pawn shop's cursed artefacts. Creek takes Olivia away to the hospital. Bobo convinces Fiji to make love, so the demon wouldn't have what he wants. The enraged Colconnar swears to destroy everything, but he's destroyed by the demon-possessed Manny, who then releases the spirits as by their pact. At the hospital, Lemuel heals Olivia by giving her some of his blood. Manny and Creek reconcile. Madonna is revealed to work for Olivia's estranged father. One week later, they all reunite in the church for Olivia and Lemuel's wedding. The next morning, a new company arrives, wanting to renovate the old hotel for tourism, but Manny sees many spirits trapped inside.

Production[edit]

Development[edit]

In October 2015, it was reported that NBC was developing based on Charlaine Harris 'best-selling series Midnight, Texas for the fall of 2016. Monica Owusu-Breenis will pilot and serve as an EP alongside David Janollari.[20] In January 2016, it's announced that NBC ordered the pilot episode of the series,[21] with Niels Arden Oplev aboard to direct the pilot and executive produce.[22]

The series was commissioned on May 13, 2016 which will be composed of 13 episodes.[1]

On February 14, 2018, it was announced that NBC renewed the series for a second season. Along with the announcement it was reported that the showrunner Monica Owusu-Breen will be replaced by Nicole Snyder and Eric Charmelo, who were consulting producers on Season 1.[4]

Casting[edit]

At the end of June, it was announced that Jason Lewis promoted to a series regular which had been written as a guest starring/recurring interpreting to Joe Strong.[23] On January 11, 2017, it was announced that Bob Jesser has booked recurring role in the series as Shawn Lovell, Creek's protective father.[24]

On July 26, 2017, it was announced that Breeda Wool will appear in an episode playing Bowie, described as a "regal, formidable angel warrior".[25]

Simultaneously with the announcement of the renewal, it was confirmed that Yul Vazquez and Sarah Ramos would not return as series regulars for the second season.[4]

Filming[edit]

The pilot was filmed in April 2016 in Albuquerque and Las Vegas, New Mexico. The rest of the production of the first season also took place in Santa Fe, Bernalillo and Belen, and employ over 450 New Mexico crew members and approximately 1,800 New Mexico background talent and wrapped up in February 2017.[26] Most of the scenes was shot at night and once wrapped at 7 or 8 a.m., five times a week.[27]

Marketing[edit]

The official trailer of the series was released on March 20, 2017.[28]

Reception[edit]

Critical response[edit]

The review aggregator website Rotten Tomatoes reported a 60% approval rating with an average rating of 5.3/10 based on 25 reviews.[29] Metacritic, which uses a weighted average, assigned a score of 50 out of 100, based on 16 reviews, indicating "mixed or average reviews".[30]

Ratings[edit]

No. Title Air date Rating/share
(18–49)
Viewers
(millions)
DVR
(18–49)
DVR viewers
(millions)
Total
(18–49)
Total viewers
(millions)
1 "Pilot" July 24, 2017 0.9/4 3.57[10] 0.5 1.35 1.4 4.92[31]
2 "Bad Moon Rising" July 31, 2017 0.8/4 3.29[11] 0.5 1.62 1.3 4.91[32]
3 "Lemuel, Unchained" August 7, 2017 0.8/3 3.06[12] 0.5 1.66 1.3 4.72[33]
4 "Sexy Beast" August 14, 2017 0.7/3 3.19[13] 0.6 1.65 1.3 4.84[34]
5 "Unearthed" August 21, 2017 0.6/3 2.85[14] 0.2 0.70 0.8 3.46[35]
6 "Blinded by the Light" August 28, 2017 0.9/4 3.45[15] 0.4 1.72 1.3 4.74[36]
7 "Angel Heart" September 4, 2017 0.7/3 2.93[16] N/A N/A N/A N/A
8 "Last Temptation of Midnight" September 11, 2017 0.6/2 2.52[17] 0.5 1.53 1.1 4.05[37]
9 "Riders on the Storm" September 13, 2017 0.6/3 2.45[18] 0.5 1.59 1.1 4.05[37]
10 "The Virgin Sacrifice" September 18, 2017 0.8/3 2.72[19] N/A N/A N/A N/A

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