NBC's 'Midnight, Texas' Brings Us New Showrunners, New Stories and More! (2024)

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By: Megan Maher

Midnight, Texas is a crazy and fun-filled show composed of all sorts of unique elements that make it magical, but after my set visit I found out what makes the show the perfect ice cream sundae!

The chocolate sauce on this magical sundae are the brilliant showrunners and cast. Everyone was charismatic, anxious, and especially loquacious when discussing Season 2 of Midnight, Texas. I had the pleasure of sitting down and speaking with the showrunners (Eric Charmelo and Nicole Snyder), as well as actors Peter Mensah (Lemuel Bridger), Olivia Charity (Ariel Kebbel), Dylan Bruce (Bobo Winthrop), Francois Arnaud (Manfred Bernardo), Jason Lewis (Joe Strong), and Nestor Carbonell (Kai Lucero).

Showrunners – Nicole Snyder and Eric Charmelo

Snyder and Charmelo told us the “marching orders” they received from the network; soapier, sexier, salacious, scarier, and more along the lines of True Blood. While Midnight, Texas and True Blood are cable versus broadcast, the two worlds are in the same multiverse. This season the show has become more serialized and the character relationships take front and center.

The new showrunners shared that the previous showrunner, Monica Owusu-Breen, gave them her blessings to continue into season 2. Snyder and Charmelo are excited for this season which will be heavy in mythology and the biggest challenge for the Midnighter’s will be deciding on who is a friend and who is a foe.

When building their writers room for this season, Snyder and Charmelo looked for writers with genre and soap experience. Also, they had an emphasis on diversity and promoting from within (a lot of assistants became writers this season).

A fun tease that Snyder and Charmelo shared was that the trickling of demon residue from Manfred’s ear will play a part into this upcoming season. Also, Jamie Murray will be playing an integral role.

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Peter Mensah – Lemuel Bridger

Mensah spoke about the change in Lem and Olivia’s relationship as newlyweds. He described them as the couple that knows each other too well — but amped up to the max. Lem and Olivia have a psychic bond and now he can know exactly how she is feeling. While that may sound like an ideal partnership, it proves to be a double-edged sword that will affect their relationship.

Mensah reiterated the showrunner’s sentiment of the show being more serialized by saying “it’s not the monster of the week as much as it is the devil you know”. The conundrum that Lem faces this season will be that he now has to think about “what happens next”. Lem — as a vampire — has not had to think about the finality of life or events, but because of his bond with Olivia and his fellowship with the Midnighter’s, he must consider the effects of mortality. Mensah says that season 2 of Midnight, Texas will be accelerated with a more in-depth look at each character and their relationships. He also teased that something happens involving Lem that you will never expect!

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Ariel Kebbel – Olivia Charity

Kebbel shared a lot of the same details about the evolution of Olivia and Lem’s relationship and how sharing blood with one another has proven to be a gift and a curse for the pair. One of the teasers that she shared was that we will get more details about Olivia’s past. And the storyline involving her father and her past is going to be a big deal. Also, the human vampire dynamic will be a constant struggle this season, but the theme for Olivia this year is “Love Wins”.

Kebbel shared with us how the network has been responsive and supportive in her wanting Olivia to use more knives rather than guns. Also, Kebbel feels a certain sense of responsibility concerning the images that young women see when they watch the show and Olivia.

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Dylan Bruce – Bobo Winthrop

Bruce spoke about his excitement and about the continued love that will be shown between Bobo and Fiji in season 2. He exclaimed there will be plenty of sex magic, which may or may not involve floating. Apparently, Bobo will face much of the beginning half of the season being a bit oblivious to the mis-happenings involving himself and the town, because he is so wrapped up in his love for Fiji. As we all know, in Midnight, Texas love and happiness does indeed have a price. Bruce shared that the nickname for Bobo this season has become “Final Destination Bobo” which is fitting considering that one of the new writers this season is from the Final Destination franchise.

As for character development, Bruce was not able to share too much; however, Bobo is now the owner of the Nazi Bar and has hired his pals to work there (Lem is the bouncer and Joe is the bartender). Bruce was giddy and excited about a lot of the guest stars that will be making an appearance on for season 2, one of them being Jasmine Cephas Jones (Hamilton, Monsters and Men, etc.) who I am uber excited for!

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Francois Arnaud – Manfred Bernardo

Arnaud is excited for Season 2 of Midnight, Texas as he gave credit to the new showrunners and writers on their ambition for expanding the world and exploring more mythology. Manfred will continue to fight his own demons and begins having nightmares of hurting the ones he loves. However, he does find solace in knowing they are only dreams until he realizes he is preparing for something in the middle of the night unbeknownst to him. Arnaud spoke about his relationship with Creek and Manfred’s support of her as she begins to explore educational opportunities away from Midnight.

Arnaud teased about his relationship with the new characters who come to Midnight (Patience and Kai) and how their dynamic turns into a complicated situation. We also learned that “Grandma” will be back, or an iteration of her that is creatively in line with the rules of this world. Also, Manfred will be traveling to other realms this season to retrieve someone or something. Arnaud also shared his enthusiasm over a new furry pal that will be joining the cast!

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Jason Lewis – Joe Strong

Lewis shared with us that his 1000 years of peace is not going to be played out in season 2. Joe’s biggest conundrum this season will be who is he in this world, now that he is no longer in hiding. Lewis gave an eloquent breakdown of his character in how Joe is an angel, essentially created to destroy demons; and therefore, he is fundamentally unable to find satisfaction in a calm home life.

Lewis teased that Joe will encounter a new character that will make him question his current way of living. Lewis also shared that with our current socio and political climate, it feels good to be a part of a story that showcases a drop back into the bucket of decency and acceptance.

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Nestor Carbonell – Kai Lucero

Carbonell was enthusiastic about joining the cast for Season 2 of Midnight, Texas. We learned his character, Kai Lucero is a healer and an owner of the haunted Crystal Desert Hotel along with his wife, Patience (Jamie Rae Newman). I am sure a lot of fans of Bates Motel will be excited about this reunion.

Carbonell was thrilled that this character will be stretching him and offer him growth as an actor — because he has never played a character like Kai before. One of the ways he prepared for this role is by studying Reiki Healing online. He was unable to share too much about his character, especially considering he is a newcomer, but was able to share that Kai has a lot of screen time with Manfred and Patience.

Be sure to check out our exclusive interview with Parisa Fitz-Henley who plays Fiji Cavanaugh!

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Midnight, Texas makes its season 2 premiere Oct 26th 9/8c on NBC

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NBC's 'Midnight, Texas' Brings Us New Showrunners, New Stories and More! (2024)


NBC's 'Midnight, Texas' Brings Us New Showrunners, New Stories and More!? ›

However, after a year off the air, the ratings never got back to where they used to be in season 1. Now, next week's season 2 finale on Friday, Dec. 28 will mark its series finale. However, Midnight, Texas is reportedly being shopped to other networks by Universal Television.

Why was Midnight, Texas cancelled? ›

However, after a year off the air, the ratings never got back to where they used to be in season 1. Now, next week's season 2 finale on Friday, Dec. 28 will mark its series finale. However, Midnight, Texas is reportedly being shopped to other networks by Universal Television.

Is Midnight, Texas finished? ›

The current second season of NBC's series Midnight, Texas will be its last. The network has opted not to order a third season of the supernatural drama based on the books by author Charlaine Harris. Producing studio Universal Television is shopping it to other outlets.

How many episodes does Midnight, Texas have? ›

“Midnight, Texas” consists of two seasons with a total of 19 episodes. It premiered on NBC in July 2017 and is based on Charlaine Harris's book trilogy. Although it had a shorter run than True Blood, it offers a supernatural drama centered around psychic Manfred Bernardo's journey in a unique community.

Is there a third season of Midnight, Texas? ›

There is no Midnight, Texas Season 3 release date as the series was canceled after the second season. In December 2018, NBC announced that it had decided not to renew Midnight, Texas for the third season.

Why did they cancel midnight? ›

This was done on purpose, as Flanagan previously had said the series was initially planned to have more seasons. "It was very much designed to continue. Pike has 80 books, so we have a lot of unused material to pull from… We also didn't answer some of the bigger questions of the season.

Who is Kai avenging in Midnight, Texas? ›

But Creek has reached her limit with Midnight and with Manfred, and so she breaks up with him and leaves for Austin. Meanwhile, at the Crystal Spa, Kai Lucero reveals a demonic head in the wall behind a painting, and swears to avenge him.

Did Midnight, Texas end on a cliffhanger? ›

Midnight, Texas season 2 ends on a cliffhanger with the reveal Fiji is pregnant with her human boyfriend Bobo's possibly evil baby and a new threat is approaching the town in the form of the knight from Delilah's painting.

Who is Fiji in Midnight, Texas? ›

Parisa Fitz-Henley: Fiji Cavanaugh.

Is Midnight, Texas a real town? ›

The show is so popular that some viewers have been asking questions about whether there really is a Midnight, Texas or if the town is all make-believe. It turns out that there isn't an actual town in Texas named Midnight.

What books is Midnight, Texas based on? ›

Midnight, Texas is a fantasy and mystery series of novels created and written by Charlaine Harris. The three books, known as the Midnight, Texas trilogy are Midnight Crossroad (2014), Day Shift (2015), and Night Shift (2016).

Where is Midnight, Texas filmed? ›

Albuquerque, Santa Fe, Bernalillo and Belen are serving as backdrops for the series, which is based on a collection of books by author Charlaine Harris. Home to a vampire, witch, angel and hit woman, Midnight, Texas is a mysterious safe haven for those who are different until one of their own is murdered.

Who is Creek in Midnight, Texas? ›

Creek is a human in Midnight, Texas. She is a "girl next door beauty" who works two jobs – a waitress at the local restaurant and working the counter at the Gas N Go convenience store her father owns.

Does Olivia become a vampire in Midnight, Texas? ›

Kai's body is not able to withstand the spell, even after drinking Lem's blood to heal the body. Patience and Theophilus realize they have THE WRONG BODY. As Olivia is getting ready to be burned at the stake, Manfred reveals himself and Olivia reveals her new self, a vampire! Lem was not going to let his girl burn.

Who is the cat in Midnight, Texas? ›

Snuggly, formerly known as Jedediah, is a human-turned-cat in Midnight, Texas. As a human, he was Mildred's lover. However, due to a curse that was cast upon the Cavanaugh family some 800 years ago, he was doomed to die for the love he had for Mildred.

Is there romance in Midnight, Texas? ›

Yep, there are plenty of romantic storylines too

There are humans living in Midnight too, who are just as eccentric as their supernatural neighbours. And they're totally down with cross-species relationships. Joe the angel is married to a human. Bobo the local human hottie has a thing for Fiji the witch.

Why did Midnight Club get Cancelled? ›

The Midnight Club did not seem to be a breakout hit on Netflix's Top 10 charts, hovering around the middle most of the time, and dropping out entirely pretty quickly, and that sort of performance usually means the future of the series is in question.

Will they ever bring back Midnight Club? ›

"I'm very disappointed that Netflix has decided not to pursue a second season of THE MIDNIGHT CLUB," Flanagan wrote in a blog post published to Tumblr. "My biggest disappointment is that we left so many story threads open, holding them back for the hypothetical second season, which is always a gamble.

Why was Midnight Gospel canceled? ›

So with The Midnight Gospel, even though it has a wonderful big fan base, it's not like the mega fan base of Stranger Things. So if I had to guess it would just be a simple business decision. Animation is expensive, and that's why they did it. I have no hard feelings, by the way, because they let us make the thing.

Why was the Marlon show cancelled? ›

Marlon wrapped its second (and now final) season in July. Season 2 averaged roughly 2.5 million viewers and a 0.6 demo rating, down from Season 1's 4.3 mil and 1.1. Marlon starred Wayans and Essence Atkins as a divorced couple who attempt to remain friends for the sake of their two children.

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