If you’ve been missing your Charlaine Harris kick from HBO’s ‘True Blood,’ you might have reason to get excited for NBC’s upcoming ‘Midnight Texas’. The network had been in talks to adapt the trilogy since last October and now has put in a pilot order for what could potentially be a new ongoing series for the network.
The pilot will be written by Monica Owusu-Breen (‘Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.‘,’Alias’) so there is a lot of ongoing series talent behind it. She’ll also be Executive Producing with David Janollari. Universal TV and Janollari’s banner will be producing the pilot.
While we don’t know how true to the books it will remain, the network is trying to describe it as “‘Twin Peaks‘ meets ‘True Blood'”.
Considering Harris had also penned the ‘True Blood’ series that isn’t much of a stretch to imagine. However, when reading the rough description of the series the comparisons can go up rather quickly:
The pilot is set in the remote town of Midnight, Texas, where your neighbor could be a vampire, a witch, a werewolf and even an angel. Mystery, horror and romance combine to both enthrall and frighten any outsiders who decide to venture into this unusual place.
Swap out an angel for the fairies and it sounds like we’re actually going to be having an unofficial revisit to Bon Temps. Of course, with it being NBC there might not be quite the same level of blood or sexuality included in HBO’s series but there is still plenty that they can get away with on network television if they are looking to capture the same audience. I mean, ‘Hannibal‘ was three seasons of some of the most beautifully shot horror ever created. The network has clearly been wanting to find a series that would compliment ‘Grimm‘ and while ‘Dracula‘ didn’t work and sadly ‘Hannibal’ failed to capture ratings, it seems that this will be the latest paranormal stab at it.
Are you looking forward to ‘Midnight Texas’? Do you think that the series can come close to catching the same audience levels of ‘True Blood’? Share your thoughts below.