Wonder Con 2017 Report: Introducing Midnight, Texas

Midnight, Texas

At the beginning of April during Wonder Con 2017, the cast members of and creative mind behind the new NBC fantasy drama Midnight, Texas took to the stage to talk about the small screen adaptation of the Charlaine Harris book series.

The cast members in attendance included Francois Arnaud (Blindspot and The Borgios), Dylan Bruce (Orphan Black and Heroes Reborn), Arielle Kebbel (The Vampire Diaries and Ballers), Jason Lewis (Sex and the City and Brothers & Sisters), Sarah Ramos (Parenthood and American Dreams) and Parisa Fitz-Henley (Marvel’s Jessica Jones and Marvel’s Luke Cage) as well as executive producer Monica Owusu-Breen (Lost and Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.).

Before the moderated panel got underway, though, the audience became “the first people in the world” (according to moderator Jarett Wieselman from Buzzfeed) to see the pilot episode of Midnight, Texas.

Without giving too much away about the pilot, viewers should be aware that the extremely small town of Midnight, Texas is the home of some very unusual people (some with powers and some that are just powerful), some with very unique names (like Manfred Bernardo and Bobo Winthrop), a lot of mystery surrounding those residents and one very quirky, unexpected, pet cat.

Once the panelists made their appearance on stage, there wasn’t a lot of time [due to the convention’s tight timeframe] for discussion about the show, but the following was shared:

• Naturally, since the show is based on the book series, the events of the first book were included in the pilot – and will be included in the rest of the first season – but Monica shared they have added extra details into the story;
• Francois was asked what jumped out at him about his character, and he joked that Manfred “is flawed and a bit of an asshole, but is sort of a hero, or (maybe) he is going to be;”
• Monica stated that the show mixes a “high supernatural level but also grounded moments and normal issues;”
• Parisa shared that they filmed the show in Albuquerque and “built a family (while filming) the pilot;”
• Jason’s character Joe Strong has a unique ability [again, I don’t want to spoil viewers] that his ability will require special effects that Jason said “was fun and creatively awesome.” He also shared that the “hardest part was filing in the cold.” [This will make more sense once you’ve seen that particular scene.]
• The cast was asked if any of them read the book series before filming with Parisa sharing she “enjoyed reading the books, but especially enjoyed going back to read them after filming;”
• Monica shared that there are “a million mysteries” in the town of Midnight, Texas and just of them they will revealed throughout the first season; and,
• Dylan was then asked about what it’s like coming off Orphan Black and going into Midnight, Texas; he shared that being the human in a supernatural world is so much fun and being on another genre show is great.”

The debut episode of ‘Midnight, Texas’ will air on NBC on Monday, July 24 at 10/9c.