Midnight, Texas

NBC has cancelled its sophomore supernatural drama ‘Midnight, Texas’ based on the novels by Charlaine Harris.  The season two finale airs next week and now serves double duty as the series finale.  NBC’s parent company, Universal, who produces the series, plans to shop it around to a new outlet.  This cancellation comes several months after the network axed another ambitious genre series, ‘Timeless’ which wrapped up with a two-hour finale on December 20.  Depending on how the upcoming episode of ‘Midnight, Texas’ ends and based on Universal’s plans, NBC may or may not arrange for a special send-off for this series as well.

‘Midnight, Texas’ launched as a summer series last year, but NBC did nor renew it for a second season until February 2018, five months after the first season wrapped up.  It also bumped the show from Monday nights to Friday.  Naturally, ratings took a hit, but to its credit, ‘Midnight, Texas” sophomore season ratings remained steady throughout its run and the last episode actually ticked up slightly, drawing 2.4 million viewers.

The series was developed by Monica Owusu-Breen, who acted as executive producer and the showrunner for Season One, before departing to help craft Joss Whedon’s reboot of ‘Buffy the Vampire Slayer‘.  Eric Charmelo and Nicole Snyder took over for Season Two.

‘Midnight, Texas’  is set in a mysterious town that attracts outsiders, including psychics, vampires, fallen angels, witches, and more.  François Arnaud starred as Manfred Bernardo, a psychic with a mysterious past, along with Sean Bridgers as Sheriff Livingstone, Dylan Bruce as human pawn shop owner Bobo Winthrop, Parisa Fitz-Henley as witch Fiji Cavanaugh, Arielle Kebbel as assassin Olivia Charity, who is romantically involved with the vampire “Lem,” played by Peter Mensah, and Jason Lewis as fallen angel Joe Strong.  The second season also added cast members Trace Lysette, Nestor Carbonell, Josh Kelly, and Jaime Ray Newman.

Novelist Harris, of course, previously saw her ‘Sookie Stackhouse’ vampire novels turned into HBO’s hit series ‘True Blood’.

Are you a fan of ‘Midnight, Texas’?  Are you sad to see it go?

Sources: Deadline, TV Line