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Midnight, Texas – July 24

Starring: François Arnaud, Dylan Bruce, Arielle Kebel, Jason Lewis, and Peter Mensah

Premise: Midnight, Texas is a mysterious town that sits on a veil between the living and hell. It’s a place for misfits and freaks, and you only come here when you can’t fit in anywhere else. The town is safe haven for anybody looking to hide from their demons, real or imagined.

Arnaud plays Manfred, a charming and handsome psychic who can communicate with the dead. He helps the resident of the town, both human and supernatural, as they fight outside forces that try to threaten their community. It’s based on the novel by Charlaine Harris, which you may remember from the True Blood series, that was adapted for HBO.

It’s fairly absurd and far-fetched, and will have a lot of head-scratching moments. I don’t know about you, but that’s sort of how I like my supernatural shows. Nobody wants a show about monsters and angels to take itself too seriously.

The buzz: Naturally, folks are comparing Midnight, Texas to True Blood, but it might not be a fair comparison. Of course, HBO has a lot more license in terms of sex and violence, but the early buzz is pretty good. The A.V. Club says the show, “promises a sexy monster mash with a bunch of hot people playing the residents of the titular locale.” There’s even rumors of a talking cat.

Where to watch: NBC