François Arnaud, who recurs on NBC’s breakout freshman drama Blindspot, has been cast as the lead in the network’s drama pilot Midnight, Texas, which is based on the bestselling trilogy by Charlaine Harris, author of the Sookie Stackhouse books that were adapted into HBO’s vampire drama True Blood.
Written by Monica Owusu-Breen and directed by Niels Arden Oplev, Midnight, Texas is described as “Twin Peaks meets True Blood” in Midnight, Texas, a remote town where your neighbor could be a vampire, a witch, a werewolf, or even an angel. The show centers on traveling psychic Manfred Bernardo (Arnaud) who, having grown tired of life on the road, takes the advice of his dead grandmother and decides to settle in the small Texas down of Midnight. Perfectly content with going about his business letting others think he’s a hack, Manfred soon realizes that he has much more in common with the locals than he originally thought. It would seem that he’s found more evil than he left, so he’ll have to bond with his supernatural neighbors to figure out what’s going on.
Owusu-Breen, Oplev and David Janollari executive produce for Universal TV.
Arnaud plays Jane’s (Jaimie Alexander) mysterious cohort Oscar on Blindspot. The Canadian-born actor, who also co-starred on The Borgias, is repped by APA and Lasher Group.