François Arnaud
François Arnaud as Manfred Bernardo in "Midnight, Texas." (NBC)

Ghostly peek into ‘Midnight, Texas’

The trailer for NBC’s upcoming drama Midnight, Texas, suggests the network won’t be short on the supernatural when Grimm leaves the air next year.

“Midnight, Texas” is based on the three-book series by “True Blood” novelist Charlaine Harris. It’s set in a remote Texas town where no one is who they seem.

“From vampires and witches to psychics and hit men, Midnight is a mysterious safe haven for those who are different. As the town members fight off outside pressures from rowdy biker gangs, ever-suspicious cops and their own dangerous pasts, they band together and form a strong and unlikely family,” NBC said in a release.

One of my favorite actors, Francois Arnaud, has the lead role in the series. You may recognize Arnaud from his role as Cesare Borgia in Showtime’s “The Borgias.” He guest starred last season as Oscar in NBC’s “Blindspot.”

In the “Midnight, Texas” trailer, psychic Manfred Bernardo (Arnaud) has a scary experience with a ghost that leads him to flee for Midnight. The town, his dead grandmother tells him, will be a good place for him to settle down.

Midnight has become a destination for outsiders—many with supernatural abilities. Manfred befriends Creek (Sarah Ramos), who in the trailer tells him about other interesting residents.

Lemuel Bridger (Peter Mensah) is a vampire who can drain blood just by touching his victims. Fiji Cavanaugh (Parisa Fitz-Henley) loves cats, and is a powerful witch. Olivia (Arielle Kebbel), a hit woman, keeps a cache of weapons in her apartment. Joe Strong (Jason Lewis) can fly thanks to his angel wings. Rev. Emilio Sheehan (Yul Yazquez) turns into all sort of were-animals under a full moon.

No wonder Manfred says in the trailer, “Usually I’m the freak in the room.”

The series opens with the murder of a former Midnight resident and lover of Manfred’s landlord, Bobo Winthrop (Dylan Bruce). I’m not sure if Bobo is gifted with supernatural powers, but he does get arrested in the the trailer. Manfred tries speaking to the deceased in order to help Bobo, but quickly learns summoning the dead has strange and dangerous consequences.

Niels Arden Oplev, who directed the “Mr. Robot” pilot, also directed the “Midnight” pilot. Monica Owusu-Breen (“Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.,” “Brothers & Sisters,” “Alias”) writes. She serves as executive producer with David Janollari (“Six Feet Under”).

NBC has not announced a start date for “Midnight, Texas.” “Grimm” begins its sixth and final season at 8/7c Jan. 6. It consists of 13 episodes. The new series “Emerald City,” a reimagining of Oz made famous in “Wizard of Oz,” debuts at 9/8c Jan. 6. Tarsem Singh (“Self/Less,” “Immortals”) directs all 10 episodes.

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