Its a cool February day in Albuquerque, New Mexico, and a group of misfits are striding with purpose across the small town set of Midnight, Texas. Since the events of the shoot are for the series season finale, details cant be divulged about the groups purpose or destination yet, but whats important is that theyre doing it as a team. With so many of vampire and supernatural shows ending in the past few years, the NBC series is looking to revitalize the genre with its emphasis on inclusion, not division.
From the author behind True Blood, comes Midnight, Texas, which shares more than a few hallmarks of HBOs ultra racy vampire show. Besides featuring a mix of supernatural beings, including one sexy vampire main character, the NBC show is also inspired by author Charlaine Harris experiences with southern living. Well, Texan living, in this case.
When the Sookie books ended, I was kind of out of gas and I wanted to write short series and I thought, What could I plumb? Harris said while sitting down with press at the set visit. So the author decided to latch onto her childhood visits with her mother to the hotel where her grandparents worked in the tiny town of Rocksprings, Texas.
It is very desolate. If you think this is desolate, you should see that, she said. Texas was a real challenge for me. The terrain was so different. I grew up in the Mississippi Delta, and the society was different, and the people were much tougher, much tougher and they had different goals. I felt like an alien and I thought, You know, that was an interesting feeling to be an alien in your own country, and it kind of grew from there.
Unfortunately, that feeling of being an outsider is all too familiar for many people who currently live in this country, and not just because they must adjust to a new environment. Intolerance still abounds for all people. Watch a trailer for the show below:
The tagline for the show, Only outsiders fit in, indicates that series titular small town is draw for supernatural people, but also regular folk who may feel like misfits in other ways due to marginalization, stigmatization, past trauma or secrets.
I think people are very unkind in general to those who are different in significant ways, said Harris. People who have learning disabilities, people who have epilepsy, people who are fat, people who are boney, people who are any different from the average run are picked on, derided, called names. That is the least pleasant part of human nature. I think that I created a space for all these people to come together and be a whole thats more powerful than the individual.
Showrunner Monica Osuwu-Breen said, Ive been loving the metaphor of this show, about difference coming together and being stronger together than apart. And that you can disagree with people and still love one another and take care of one another.
Meet each of the unique Midnighters below:
Francois Arnaud, Midnight, Texas
Our entry into this world of outsiders is through Manfred Bernardo (The Borgias star Francois Arnaud), a medium who can see and speak to the dead. Many of the characters on the show have a domain that represents their unique qualities, and Manfreds is his vintage blue van, in which he drives across the state to Midnight on the advice of his deceased grandmother Xylda (Joanne Camp). Despite being dead, she still visits him in ghost form, sitting in the passenger seat of the vehicle and chatting with him as casually as if they were on the phone.
I think [his gift] is definitely more of a curse than a blessing, said Arnaud. Hes definitely used it to scam people and got away with things in the past, and is on the run because of it, and hiding in Midnight because of it. And so those things obviously will come back and haunt him quite literally.
I was a big fan of the Babadook, he said, and thats a film that I can draw a lot of parallels with Manfreds story actually, because I think its about controlling, managing your inner demons without necessarily conquering them, but just taming the beast. And so I think thats part of Manfreds journey.
Manfred runs a business as a professional psychic who uses a combo of hornswoggling and real skill with his clients. Income and profit drive him initially when he gets to Midnight. Hes not particularly willing to help others, said Arnaud. Thats why I think its so interesting to play a character whos flawed and selfish, and a reluctant hero. Inevitably, eventually hell learn to be the hero that he was told hes meant to be.
Parisa Fitz-Henley, Midnight, Texas
Fiji (Luke Cage actress Parisa Fitz-Henley) looks harmless. Shes a Wiccan who runs a shop out of her home, sells crystals, charms and herbs, and is a bit of a crazy cat lady on the surface at least. Fiji moved to Midnight after she inherited her house and cat from her aunt. Shes also not that sure of herself and her untapped potential.
Shes very sincere, in particular when you see in the books how much she struggles to feel comfortable in the world, said Fitz-Henley. Thats something we also wanted to make sure was a part of her experience in the show because I feel like so many women experience this, where we know somewhere deep down inside were powerful. We know we have something to offer, but the world tells you youre the wrong shape, youre the wrong size, the wrong this and the wrong that. Fiji is really conscious about her feelings about that.
Fijis shop, Midnight, Texas
Her powers will blossom and be put to the test on the show, but its not something Fiji is quite ready for yet. She knows that if her emotions get the best of her anything can happen. So its not a power that she is wielding comfortably, said Fitz-Henley. Something that is very important to Fiji is the idea that magic and science are maybe the same thing. And I think about it even like, you have a cup of herbal tea, which is just tea, but like 200 years ago the lady doing that in the woods, putting herbs and stuff together and maybe making someone feel better might also get put on the stake because it was like, What did you do?! Fiji, she sees that, but maybe there are things that she didnt do that arent explained yet, but probably will be. So shes kind of feeling witchcraft all day. People are coming to her with illnesses, coming to her with emotional concerns, and she puts things together.
Arielle Kebbel and Peter Mensah, Midnight, Texas
NBC upped the idea of inclusiveness another notch with its racebending casting of Peter Mensah (300, True Blood, Sleepy Hollow) as Lemuel, a character who in Harris novels is pale white with light-colored hair. Breen said, Someone like Lem who physically is very different [from the character in the books], we still took the essence of him. Hes old Texas and he was human in Texas before he became a vampire. We just changed the specifics for who Peter is and what the character would be now.
Beyond race though, Lemuel himself is intriguing because hes not your run-of-the-mill vampire. Although he can feed off of blood, hes like a hybrid car and can also run off of a persons energy. I was sick to death of the other kind of vampires, Harris said about giving Lem this extra resource. I thought, If I ever have another vampire, its going to be a different kind of vampire. I just cant do that again.
Continue to next page for Joe the angel and an assassin>>
- Vampire History - HISTORY - May 23rd, 2019
- Hollywood Vampires Unveil New Song The Boogieman Surprise ... - May 23rd, 2019
- The Vampires of Venice - Wikipedia - May 5th, 2019
- Vintage Shelf: Theres More to The Hunger Than Just Sex ... - April 30th, 2019
- 10 Memorable TV Vampires: From Angel to The X-Files - April 21st, 2019
- Hollywood Vampires Preview Rise LP With New Song ... - April 21st, 2019
- Hollywood Vampires Plot Spring Tour - rollingstone.com - April 21st, 2019
- Hollywood Vampires Releases New Single "Who's Laughing Now ... - April 21st, 2019
- Hollywood Vampires | About - March 26th, 2019
- Vampires - Pottermore - March 15th, 2019
- Vampires(?) | Slay the spire Wiki | FANDOM powered by Wikia - March 15th, 2019
- Vampires - Supernatural Beings Wiki - March 13th, 2019
- Vampires | Vamp! Wikia | FANDOM powered by Wikia - March 13th, 2019
- Zombies! Aliens! Vampires! Dinosaurs! - Wikipedia - March 12th, 2019
- Vampires | Supernatural Wiki | FANDOM powered by Wikia - February 14th, 2019
- The Hollywood Vampires - Wikipedia - January 30th, 2019
- Vampires, Witches, and Aliens: Televisions ... - reason.com - January 17th, 2019
- Vampires | Adventure Time Wiki | FANDOM powered by Wikia - November 25th, 2018
- Vampire Facts - Top 10 Facts about Vampires | Facts.net - November 16th, 2018
- Vampires The Official John Carpenter - November 16th, 2018
- Vampires | The Shadowhunters' Wiki | FANDOM powered by Wikia - November 16th, 2018
- Vampire | Vampedia | FANDOM powered by Wikia - October 12th, 2018
- Edward Cullen | Twilight Saga Wiki | FANDOM powered by Wikia - September 28th, 2018
- Drink Deep (Chicagoland Vampires): Chloe Neill ... - September 28th, 2018
- Vampires | Legacy of Kain Wiki | FANDOM powered by Wikia - September 5th, 2018
- Emotional Vampires: Dealing with People Who Drain You Dry ... - August 19th, 2018
- Vampire | Monster Wiki | FANDOM powered by Wikia - August 8th, 2018
- Vampires in the Lemon Grove: And Other Stories (Vintage ... - July 22nd, 2018
- Lesbian Vampires - Gothic Vampires Biting During Sex ... - July 18th, 2018
- Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter (2012) - IMDb - July 11th, 2018
- Best Sellers in Vampire Romances - amazon.com - June 28th, 2018
- 5 Real Signs That Vampires Actually Exist - YouTube - June 27th, 2018
- Vampires may have been REAL people suffering this blood disorder, experts reveal - The Sun - September 7th, 2017
- Vampires May Have Been Real People - kgw.com - September 7th, 2017
- Metro Science: How itching works, the real vampires, and sound smart with neuroscience - MetroNews Canada - September 7th, 2017
- Vampires Are Sex Gods - TV Tropes - September 6th, 2017
- JUST HUMOR ME: Babysitting for vampires - Montgomery Newspapers - September 6th, 2017
- Stay energized: Be aware of the energy vampires that are out there ... - The Southern - September 3rd, 2017
- Rip-Off Alert: 'Financial vampires' target elderly for home renovation scams - News3LV - September 1st, 2017
- Eat Locals review Jason Flemyng's bickering vampires feast on absurdity - The Guardian - August 31st, 2017
- What's New on Hulu: September 2017 - Vulture - August 31st, 2017
- Watch Jason Isbell's 'If We Were Vampires' Music Video - The Boot - The Boot (blog) - August 30th, 2017
- Alice Cooper continues to push boundaries of creativity - Tribune-Review - August 30th, 2017
- 'Vampire' victim is crazy and a devil worshipper, says accused - Independent Online - August 29th, 2017
- Psychology professor who researchers "vampires" reportedly caught licking student's blood in class - Boing Boing - August 28th, 2017
- Star Trek writers to adapt A People's History Of The Vampire Uprising - Den of Geek UK - August 25th, 2017
- LETTER: Universities acting like vampires on Bath housing market - Bath Chronicle - August 25th, 2017
- SLAYERS AND VAMPIRES the untold, unauthorised, uncensored history of the making of BUFFY and ANGEL ... - The Fan Carpet - August 24th, 2017
- 'Star Trek Beyond' Writers Penning 'A People's History of the ... - Bloody Disgusting - August 24th, 2017
- Downton Abbey's Matthew Goode to play a vampire in TV adaptation of A Discovery of Witches - Radio Times - August 24th, 2017
- Fable Cry's Upcoming Album is a Concept Album About Bootlegging Blood For Vampires - Dread Central - August 22nd, 2017
- Review: Dracula: Vampires vs. Zombies - VRFocus - August 19th, 2017
- Chosen One of the Day: The Lost Boys' glitter blood - SYFY WIRE (blog) - August 17th, 2017
- What's on TV Tuesday: Iranian Vampires and Scientologists - New York Times - August 16th, 2017
- Puzzle Piece: Vampires and Prostitutes Gone Wild in 'Preacher' - Film School Rejects - August 16th, 2017
- Johnny Depp Quitting Hollywood Vampires Rock Band? - Gossip Cop - August 16th, 2017
- Once bitten, twice shy Vampires: Lucas Rising lacks a little bite - Out In Jersey - August 14th, 2017
- Ian Somerhalder talks fangs and vampires at Boston Comic Con ... - The Boston Globe - August 14th, 2017
- Book review: Chasing Norwegian vampires in 'The Thirst' - Florida Times-Union - August 13th, 2017
- Visit Highgate Cemetery: Home to magicians, vampires & George Michael - The National Student - August 13th, 2017
- 'If We Were Vampires': Jason Isbell & the 400 Unit Debut Music Video - Wide Open Country - August 12th, 2017
- See Jason Isbell's Gorgeous, Animated 'If We Were Vampires' Video - RollingStone.com - August 10th, 2017
- Celebrity Big Brother's Trisha Paytas is convinced that vampires are real - and that they have their own secret society - Mirror.co.uk - August 10th, 2017
- See Jason Isbell's moving, animated new 'If We Were Vampires' video - EW.com (blog) - August 10th, 2017
- Midnight, Texas Season 1, Episode 3 Recap: Magic & Science - Refinery29 - August 8th, 2017
- Trump Watch: Vampires, Yusopov and The Zeitgeist - The London Economic - August 7th, 2017
- Midnight, Texas: The Vampire Lemuel - FlickDirect - August 7th, 2017
- The important lessons: Why Hitler considered himself a wolf and his enemies vampires - National Post - August 6th, 2017
- Midnight, Texas Townies Give Manfred a Chilling Vampire Education Watch - TVLine - August 4th, 2017
- Microbial Vampires Shrink from Light - Genetic Engineering & Biotechnology News (blog) - August 3rd, 2017
- Owner denies vampires dwell in Baroque-style mansion in Taoyuan - Taiwan News - August 2nd, 2017
- The Lost Boys Turns 30: 80s Punk Rock Vampires Need A Comeback - Monkeys Fighting Robots (blog) - August 2nd, 2017
- Grunge/Glam Queens Sharkmuffin Turn Into Vampires; Announce US Tour Dates - Broadway World - August 2nd, 2017
- Editorial: These woodland vampires can host scary diseases | OUR ... - Richmond.com - July 31st, 2017
- Flavio Fianello Named New Guitarist For Theatres Des Vampires - Metal Underground - July 31st, 2017
- The disturbing world of real life vampires - Metro - July 30th, 2017
- The Lost Boys at 30: sexy vampires, onset raving, and the making of the most Eighties movie ever - Telegraph.co.uk - July 30th, 2017
- How To Tame Your Home's Energy Vampires - Texas Monthly - July 30th, 2017
- Narayani Shastri: Those who find naagin concept regressive, watch shows on vampires - Hindustan Times - July 30th, 2017
- The Strain was supposed to be FX's Walking Dead. What happened? - Vox - July 30th, 2017
Reviewed and Recommended by Erik Baquero