Back in October, we heard that NBC was planning to adapt True Blood author Charlaine Harris’ Midnight, Texas trilogy. It must’ve gone well, because the network has put in a pilot order for the series.
“Midnight Texas,” written by Monica Owusu-Breen (“Agents of SHIELD,” “Brothers & Sisters,” “Alias”), is a supernatural project described as “Twin Peaks” meets “True Blood.” Based on the novels of the same name from author Charlaine Harris who wrote the books that inspired HBO’s vampire hit, 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. David Janollari will exec produce with Owusu-Breen. Universal TV will also produce this pilot, along with David Janollari Entertainment.
Yep, sounds a lot like True Blood. A lot a lot. (Were there angels on True Blood? Do fairies count?) The big questions still stand, though: how much of the edgy stuff (blood, butts, what have you) that made True Blood so successful will NBC dare to include—and will Midnight, Texas be able to attract audiences without it?