How Midnight, Texas Will Fill The True Blood-Sized Gap In Your Heart

When True Blood ended in 2014, I felt like I lost my family. My shape-shifting, Southern-accented family that occasionally bit people’s necks, transformed into dogs, or howled at the moon, that is. For seven seasons, I watched the drastic repercussions of the world’s vampire population coming out of the proverbial coffin unfold. Consequences included a love affair between a fairy waitress and a Civil War-era vampire with Southern gent manners, maenad orgies, and Evangelical churches rising up against the vampire population.
The beloved HBO vampire show was adapted from a series of novels by Charlaine Harris. Luckily for fans of True Blood, Harris kept writing tales of small towns chock full of supernatural forces. On July 25, a supernatural series based off of Harris’ Midnight Crossroad will premiere on NBC.
After watching Midnight, Texas, I can confirm that the show about a small Texas town will pluck all the right strings in a Truebie’s heart. The shows have more in common than just Charlaine Harris. Trust me — you’ll find all these elements familiar.
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A guy walks into a bar.

How can we forget True Blood's iconic opening? The show began when the Civil War-era vampire Bill Compton (Stephen Moyer) left his mansion and entered modern life by taking a seat at Merlotte's. There, he locked eyes with the waitress Sookie Stackhouse (Anna Paquin)  — and so an affair was born.

Funnily enough, Midnight, Texas starts much in the same way. Newcomer Manfred Bernardo (Francoise Arnaud) has just moved to the small town of Midnight, Texas — Population, nine. He stops at the local bar, where he meets Creek (Sarah Ramos). Like Sookie and Bill, they have an instant attraction.
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The protagonists are very close to their dead grandmothers.

Sookie’s grandmother, Adele, was the most important figure in her life. That’s what made Gran’s murder early in True Blood's first season all the more devastating. For the rest of True Blood, memories of Gran serve as Sookie’s moral compass.

Manfred has a similar relationship with his dead grandmother — only since he’s a medium, she’s a much more active presence in his life. She frequently stops by for chats.
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Psychic abilities run in the Stackhouse and Bernardo families.

Sookie’s not the only Stackhouse who inherited telepathic powers. In Season 3, Sookie meets her young first cousin (Max Charles), who is also telepathic.

While the Stackhouses gain their psychic abilities from fairy blood, Manfred Bernado’s family were always fortune tellers — even back in the “old country.” Like his grandmother, Manfred makes a living out of telling fortunes. Or, more realistically, he tells people what they want to hear.
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Bon Temps and Midnight are chock full of paranormal forces — including vampires.

True Blood is predicated on humans interacting with vampires. It quickly becomes apparent that Vampire Bill isn’t Bon Temps’ only supernatural figure. Sam (Sam Trammell), the owner of Bellefleur’s Diner, is a shapeshifter. Alcide (Joe Manganiello) is a werewolf. Sookie herself is a fairy, because of course she is.

Full-time residents of Midnight, Texas, harbor secrets of their own. Manfred’s new neighbors include an actual guardian angel (yes, he has wings), a witch with a talking cat, an enormous amount of ghosts, and, of course, a vampire named Lemuel (Peter Mensah).
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The central action revolves around solving a murder.

In True Blood, Bon Temps is sent reeling after a serial killer starts preying on the town’s women. Sookie figures out the murderer far before anyone else does by reading the killer’s mind.

Similarly, a body washes up on the shore of a river while the cast of Midnight gathers for a picnic. Since he’s a psychic, the victim, a woman named Aubrey Hamilton (Shannon Lorance), appears to Manfred and helps him communicate to the police. In the mean time, her (completely innocent) fiancé is taken into custody.
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Locals get engaged to mysterious newcomers, and face repercussions.

During Season 1 of True Blood, Sookie's coworker, Arlene (Carrie Preston), starts a relationship with the mysterious newcomer Rene Lenier (Michael Raymond-James). As Sookie discovers, Rene isn't who he's pretending to be.

An engagement gone awry also plays a role in Midnight, Texas. As a recent transplant to Midnight, Texas, Aubrey had quickly become engaged to Bobo Winthrop (Dylan Bruce), one of the town's few locals. Manfred helps uncover the circumstances of her murder.
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