From were-tigers and witches to demons and psychics, the town of Midnight is a haven for outsiders. Locals like hit-woman Olivia Charity band together to fight off external pressures from biker gangs and more to take care of home.
This is “Midnight, Texas,” based on author Charlaine Harris’ “Midnight, Texas” trilogy, which premieres on Monday, July 24 at 10 p.m. ET on NBC.
Olivia Charity, played by Arielle Kebbel, has a weapon for every occasion — sometimes using double guns, knives, and snipers to protect the town.
In preparation for the role, Kebbel trained with stunt/fight coordinator John Koyama of Brand X Stunts, who has over 100 stunt and acting credits to his name. He’s worked on major films like “Furious 7,” “Book of Eli,” “Daredevil” and more.
espnW did a training session with Kebbel and Koyama in West Hollywood, California, to see just how Kebbel transformed into an assassin for the scripted series.
NBC is set to premiere the supernatural drama Midnight, Texas on July 24, 2017 at 10pm ET/PT. The new series is based on the bestselling books by Charlaine Harris and stars Arielle Kebbel, Jason Lewis, Dylan Bruce, Francois Arnaud, Parisa Fitz-Henley, Sarah Ramos, and Yul Vazquez. Midnight, Texas is set in a small town that has an unusual collection of citizens including a vampire, a psychic, a witch, and a werewolf.
Kebbel plays Olivia, a mysterious assassin, and Lewis is an angel who helps protect the town. Together, Kebbel and Lewis talked about their roles in Midnight, Texas, the books, and the appeal of being a part of this new NBC series while at the 2017 WonderCon in Anaheim.
Arielle took the only day she had off from filming her show Midnight, Texas to help campaign for Hillary Clinton and encourage people to vote. I’ve added screencaptures from the live stream video that was placed on Facebook. Enjoy the many screencaptures and don’t forget to vote on November 8th, 2016!
At the time Arielle Kebbel scored the role of the ambitious (and aptly named) sideline reporter Tracy Legette on HBO’s breakout sports drama Ballers, in which she plays the love interest to none other than Mr. Dwayne Johnson himself, the 31-year-old sports nut found herself perfectly at ease. “I’m thankful that my research requires me to sit with my friends and watch football every Sunday,” she says. “Tracy lives in a guy’s world, but she’s also a gal—it’s important that I give her a feminine aspect.”
Set in Miami, Ballers brings things full circle for Kebbel—a Floridian herself, born and raised near Orlando. It’s the latest in a string of impressive TV gigs for the former model, including recurring roles in HBO’s Entourage and True Blood and the CW’s The Vampire Diaries. She’ll extend that supernatural streak with a meaty part in NBC’s new Midnight, Texas, a spooky mystery replete with witches and otherworldly stuff, which premieres this fall.
You’ll also see her taking over a seriously major film franchise in 2018, when she’ll star in Fifty Shades Freed, the third in the Fifty Shades of Grey series, which is already in production. Lucky for us, Kebbel relishes playing sexy as much as she does playing smart. “In Fifty Shades I’m a top architect who just happens to flaunt her body a bit much when she’s around the Greys,” she says. “She has these bright-red nails and loves touching everyone with them; it feels like a character for whom nothing would be too much—and that’s so much fun.”