Director Niels Arden Oplev’s hot streak continues with another pilot he directed going to series. NBC has given a series order to supernatural drama Midnight, Texas, based on the books by author Charlaine Harris who already has one hit supernatural drama series based on her novels to her credit — HBO’s True Blood. This is the third hourlong pilot to go to series at NBC, along with Chicago Justice and Dan Fogelman’s This Is Us. Midnight, Texas and Chicago Justice hail from Universal TV; This Is Us is from 20th TV.
The network continues tense negotiations with Sony TV for its three drama pilots, The Blacklist spinoff and Timeless, which look very good for a pickup, and Cruel Intentions, which also is in contention. The issue is in-season stacking rights, which NBC is demanding for all new series this season.
This is the third pilot directed by Oplev in the past year or so to go to series, following Mr. Robot at USA and Game of Silence at NBC.
Here is more info on Midnight, Texas:
Welcome to a place where being normal is really quite strange. From Niels Arden Oplev, the visionary director of Mr. Robot,and based on the hit book series from author Charlaine Harris (True Blood), comes a journey into 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.
The cast includes François Arnaud, Dylan Bruce, Parisa Fitz-Henley, Arielle Kebbel, Sarah Ramos, Peter Mensah, Yul Vazquez and Sean Bridgers.
Monica Owusu-Breen serves as writer and executive producer. David Janollari and director Niels Arden Oplev also executive produce. Midnight, Texas is produced by Universal Television and David Janollari Entertainment.