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PopWrapped | Television

NBC Orders Adaptation Of Charlaine Harris' 'Midnight, Texas'

Roxanne Powell | PopWrapped Author

Roxanne Powell

Updated 08/9/2016 2:08pm
NBC Orders Adaptation Of Charlaine Harris' 'Midnight, Texas' | midnight
Media Courtesy of HBO

Just in case you thought the silver screen was done with the supernatural world, think again! NBC has ordered the first season of Charlaine Harris' Midnight, Texas! This new show will be set in the already rich mythology created by Charlaine Harris in her famous Sookie Stackhouse novels.

But just to be clear, it is not a spinoff series.

True Blood centered on Sookie Stackhouse, a waitress who is part-Faerie and can hear the thoughts of those around her. When she meets Bill Compton, a vampire from the Civil War era, she discovers that she cannot hear the thoughts of certain supernatural creatures. Thus their relationship begins, and the lives of everyone in Bon Temps are altered.

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According to Deadline, one of the first things that is "immediately clear" about Midnight, Texas is that, although it shares mythology and characters with its HBO predecessor, it has its own unique characteristics that set it apart.

One noticeable difference: HBO strayed heavily from Harris' source material, and even went so far as to feature "a TV-MA theme and that will not fly on broadcast networks" due to its mature content.

Harris' novels not only centered around supernatural lore, featuring werewolves, witches, vampires, faeries, and more, but it also featured the relationships and odds between the supernatural world and religious/political organizations. In True Blood, the vampire faction in Louisiana was effected when Christians from Texas began exposing any vampire they could get their hands on to direct sunlight.

Midnight, Texas will have "similar circumstances" as long as it holds true to Harris' vision. Midnight is Bon Temps' sister city in Texas, and acts "as a surrogate home for wayward vampires, witches, and other supernatural entities."

At the same time, it also plays host to human killers and psychics, making it a supernatural and hostile melting pot.

According to NBC's show page, the series will be "from the visionary director of Mr. Robot" Niels Arden Oplev and be written by Monica Owusu-Breen, who worked on Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. and Alias. David Janollari (Six Feet Under) will act as Executive Producer alongside Owusu-Breen.

NBC has yet to announce a release date.

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