Is Midnight, Texas a real town?

The Midnight, Texas sign from the hit NBC series
Midnight, Texas was inspired by a Charlaine Harris novel but is it a real town? Pic credit: NBC

Season 2 of Midnight, Texas is about to premiere on NBC and fans of Charlaine Harris’ latest supernatural thriller can’t wait to see what has been going on in the desert town since last season ended. 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. However, there might be a town that inspired Charlaine Harris to create the fictional one for her trilogy of novels.

Harris is best known for writing the series that inspired True Blood on HBO and she’s from Louisiana, where that show was based. However, she used to spend summers in Rocksprings, Texas, and has even admitted that she drew on her knowledge of that town when creating Midnight for the NBC series.

There are even a few things about the Texas town, which sits about 200 miles west of Austin, that make it seem supernatural on its own. One of them being Devil’s Sinkhole, which is home to the biggest colony of Mexican free-tailed bats in the state.

“Midnight is a lot like the little town that I knew,” Harris told the Star-Telegram. “The people in the town in my books have magical and supernatural powers.”

For those still looking for a town that might be the actual Midnight, Texas, it is described as being west of Fort Worth and 30 miles away from Lubbock in the novels.

As far as the filming for the NBC series, there’s no production in Texas. In fact, Midnight, Texas, is filmed in Albuquerque, New Mexico and Las Vegas, Nevada. That’s where the show is getting the desert scenery and feel.

Many fans of Midnight, Texas on NBC have ready Harris’ books but it’s not necessary in order to enjoy the series.

“I think people who haven’t read the books will react to the great kinetic energy that’s onscreen and they’ll be hit in the face repeatedly by the unexpected,” Harris said of the series.

Much like True Blood, viewers can tune in to Midnight, Texas to get their fill of the supernatural. The show is centered around a young psychic, Manfred Bernardo (Francois Arnaud), who is running from his past. In Midnight, he finds vampires, werewolves, fallen angels and an assortment of other supernatural creatures.

Midnight, Texas airs on Fridays at 9/8c on NBC.

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