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Guess ABC is not swooping in to save Medium. After seven seasons, this supernatural show/mystery/domestic drama is coming to an end. Was it revolutionary? No. But it featured one of the most realistic families on television (all the psychics aside), its leads had tremendous chemistry, and I for one will miss it. Let's take a moment to list some of my favorite episodes.

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So let's get this straight. Last May, NBC renewed its freshman cop drama "Southland" for the fall season. The plan was to put it on at 9 p.m. Friday nights. Although "Southland" didn't draw huge numbers when it was on last spring, it had some critical buzz. The dark drama (I'm tired of the word "gritty") followed Los Angeles beat cops and was known for the way it bleeped out swear words to give the show an authentic feel. It sounds hokey but it actually sort of worked.

Anyway, at the same time the brain trust at NBC was deciding to keep "Southland" -- even though they knew it would move from a 10 p.m. time slot to the earlier 9 p.m. slot -- to make room for Jay Leno's prime-time invasion, it decided to cancel "Medium," a softer drama about a woman who solves crimes by talking to the dead. After NBC passed on "Medium," CBS pounced and grabbed it for its Friday night lineup.

This is why Thursday's decision to cancel "Southland" just weeks before its second season got started and substitute the news magazine "Dateline" is all the more confusing. NBC is spinning that the show was just too gritty hardscrabble for 9 p.m. (8 p.m. central and mountain) and indeed we reported over the summer that the network was concerned about the content in the earlier time slot.

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*“Script to Screen: Apocalypse … Now?” (7:56) Learn about the big earthquake-aftermath/bomb-shelter episode. Learn that the house that serves as the DuBois home exterior is located in Northridge, epicenter of a nasty and very memorable 1994 quake.

*“Curious Maria” (10:21) Chubby, precocious Maria Lark, who plays the middle daughter, interviews Caron, story editor Corey Reed, production accountant Marcus Canty, property assistant Michael Barnett, camera operator Paul Theriault, second assistant director Daniella Eisman, Patricia Arquette, executive producer Ronald Schwary, Learn a lot of cursing is undertaken within earshot of the child actors.

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The fifth season of Medium starring Patricia Arquette will be available October 6 from Paramount and CBS Home Entertainment. We have 10 sets of this DVD box set up for grabs in this daily entry contest. Use the form below to enter up to once per day as long as the contest is running. Good luck!

The Fifth Season of MEDIUM™,- the hit, supernatural crime drama, starring emmy award winner Patricia Arquette ... re-materializes on DVD October 6th from Paramount and CBS Home Entertainment. The 5 disc set features all 18 chilling episodes plus great special features."


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While it would seem that GlobalTV has been suspended by YouTube (for the moment or forever), SpoilerTV has managed to grab this one last Promo from them and upload it to their server. Nothing from the New Season, just a S5 Montage from the Finale (mainly) and CBS Announcing its Premiere Date on the 25th of September. I hope the video shows up. If it doesn't let me know pronto.

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NBC is protesting CBS' move to start running repeats of "Medium" this summer. Peacock canceled the show in May, but per standard series licensing deals, still has exclusive primetime rights to the show until September, when the new season begins.

That's why it was unusual to see episodes of "Medium" creep onto the Eye early. Segs that originally ran on NBC this year are currently running Tuesdays at 10 p.m. on CBS. Eye execs likely believe they have the ability to start airing the show now that NBC has canceled it.

Insiders said NBC is demanding that the Eye reimburse it for the right to air those episodes. Both sides aren't commenting on the rift. The summer tussle is just the latest surrounding "Medium," which CBS will officially start airing on Friday nights this fall. Peacock had offered a 13-episode pickup for "Medium," but CBS TV Studios was looking for a full-season order.

When NBC wouldn't budge, the Eye moved the show to its own network. NBC, meanwhile, pointed to the show's low ratings in cutting it loose -- and CBS TV Studios shot back by sending out a press release denouncing the Peacock's move as "inexplicable."

 

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(During this long holiday weekend, we're filling up on content-free but hopefully fun discussion posts. Don't yell at us, we're just trying to enjoy the weekend off with fireworks and BLTA sandwiches!)

TV credits are at a low point. Most series now skip theme songs and credits sequences in favor of a hypersimple title card, often just black and white, with nothing more than the show title and an authorial credit for the pilot writer/creator. We get it, but also...YAWN.

Still, in those places where economics or allegiance to tradition keeps them alive (premium cable, NBC), credits hold a special place in our TV-loving hearts, so we want to discuss the best and worst of the genre and find out from you what "theme songs" make you do a happy dance every time they come onscreen. We'll show you ours if you show us yours:
 



Medium: OK, Medium is on CBS now, but we'll give NBC the points just the same since that's where this sequence launched. Eerie and mystical, just like Allison DuBois' gift, this song and these visuals never get old.
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TV series offer feature actors something resembling a normal life
By Shannon L. Bowen
June 7, 2009, 07:00 PM ET
Scene It All

Acting contenders recall memorable episodes featuring life-like corpses and more.

#2. Jake Weber (Medium)

"(Patricia Arquette and I did an episode called "Second Opinion") a couple years ago where we had to put on prosthetic makeup. It took six hours to get ready for these scenes where we were supposed to be 25 years older, and one of our daughters was supposedly dying. And I show up on the set, and the woman's not wearing any of her old-age makeup. I was like, 'What happened to the whole thing with 25 years older and all this stuff?' And she was like, 'Oh, it just didn't look too good. It looked too strong. It looked too makeup-y, so I told them not to (apply) the prosthetic.' Well, how come nobody told me about this? So I ended up having to spend the whole day shooting, looking like an octogenarian, looking like Strom Thurmond. And she was all dewy-eyed like Candice Bergen with a few little crow's feet on the side of her face. I had jowls and sagging chins. Oh, I was furious at her."


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On Monday night, NBC aired what it billed as the "finale" of Medium, the drama starring Patricia Arquette as a psychic crime solver and mother of three in Phoenix. When my partner and I saw that word "finale" in the teaser for Monday's episode, we nearly fainted. In the five years since its debut, Medium has become the only network show we watch without fail every week, and it's right in the middle of several long-term story arcs too juicy to be wrapped up in a single hour.

But, mercifully, NBC's teaser was misleading. What the peacock was too proud to add is that after a heated negotiation at last month's TV upfronts, the show was acquired by CBS, where it'll be airing on Friday nights starting in the fall, in between Ghost Whisperer and Numb3ers.

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JUNE 1-14th, 2009: HIGHLIGHTS
Medium (6/1) 10/9c, NBC

The Dubois Family can't seem to catch a break. First, a vengeful ghost took up residence in Allison's head. Then Ariel became hooked on anti-anxiety meds. Finally, Medium, was nearly canceled ---before it was offered a last-minute reprieve on CBS' 2009 Fall Lineup. The Trouble Continues in tonight's season 5's closer---the show's last episode on NBC--- When Allison (Patricia Arquette, left) has visions that Joe and kids wind up dead. "She has a dream set in the very near future," Reveals creator-exect producer, Glenn Gordon Caron.

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In the wake of Arresting Oswaldo Castillo's Mole (the Federal Agent helping Manuel on the case), Allison is rushed to the Hospital to have surgery on her beign tumor. Joe and Manuel wait for the doctor to return news on her condition.


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Jun 2, 2009, 10:15 AM | by Michael Slezak

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Three cheers for CBS! If the Eye Net hadn't picked Medium off NBC's scrap heap and given it a sixth season -- it'll be paired with Ghost Whisperer on Friday nights next fall -- then the underrated psychic detective series would've ended its run with Emmy winner Patricia Arquette's Allison Dubois unconscious and unresponsive after suffering a stroke during brain surgery. (FYI: I put in a call to CBS Paramount to find out if an alternate ending was shot, just in case last night's episode had turned out to be a series finale. Check back this afternoon for an update.)

Still, the grim final scene -- Allison lying bandaged and comatose in a hospital bed -- was in keeping with the episode's less-than-upbeat mood.

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“Medium” creator Glenn Gordon Caron is questioning NBC’s decision to stick with “Chuck,” even as the network failed to make a deal to renew his series.

Appearing on next week’s edition of KCRW’s “The Business,” Caron tells host Kim Masters that he suspects “Chuck” was picked up as a favor to Warner Bros. Television, which produces a number of shows for NBC.

“'Chuck' is a very good show, but …they’ve tried to launch it vigorously, twice. They’ve spent an enormous amount of money, and twice they’ve been unable to wrangle an audience for it. So one has to stop and say, ‘OK, now why would you elect to do that a third time?' Is it simply because people are eating subway sandwiches?” Caron suggests it’s because of NBC’s relationship with Warners.

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 May 21, 2009, 02:51 PM | by Jeremy Medina
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Medium_l Medium jumping ship to CBS makes so much sense it's scary. As CBS chief Nina Tassler suggested, the show is practically the spiritual lovechild to the Eye's own Ghost Whisperer* and Numb3rs. NBC offered the somewhat dubious reasoning that the network wants to go younger, and just didn't think people cared enough about Medium. Even though, you know, it gets higher ratings than Chuck. (Surprising, right? Chuck fans must be just very vocal. And also hungry.) With Medium switching networks, and folks rallying for My Name Is Earl to find a new home somewhere not run by Ben Silverman, loyalty seems to lie with the shows, not the networks. Of course, whether fans follow the Patricia Arquette whodunit to CBS remains to be seen, but I bet it'll be just as popular, if not more so.

Confession time: The only show I watch on CBS is The Amazing Race. That's all. I've caught a few episodes of How I Met Your Mother, but have yet to fully commit. Yet, out of all the networks, CBS seems to be the most focused, offering procedurals, traditional sitcoms and reality shows for the masses. As Time magazine put it, the network's audience is "sometimes older, sometimes not, but generally more conservative in its taste." There's certainly nothing wrong with that. The network has some of the highest-rated shows on TV in The Mentalist, NCIS and CSI and its brood of stepchildren. But does liking CBS make you less cool? And, uh, boring?

PopWatchers: What is YOUR network? Given NBC's identity crisis and ABC's propensity to cancel shows in their first or second seasons, do you even hold any loyalty to one network in particular anymore? Which channel is home to most of your favorites? Sharing is caring, so speak up!

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*I'm confused. How did "Medium" end up being Ghost Whisperer's Lovechild when it came first? Seriously?
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CBS certianly isn't one to wait for their newly aquired show to offically premiere on their channel, are they? Found this over at NBC's Message Board for Medium; It would seem that they've already set up a new Official Webpage for the five year old show. Nothing flashy as of yet (naturally), just a brief description and a list of the returning cast members. Official Website Here




Emmy© winner Patricia Arquette comes to CBS with MEDIUM, a chilling drama inspired by the real-life story of medium Allison DuBois. A young wife and mother, DuBois has the extraordinary, but terrifying, ability to talk to dead people, see the future in her dreams and read people's thoughts. Struggling to find a balance between this incredible calling and her family, she uses her psychic powers to solve horrifying crimes, never truly knowing whether this is a gift or a curse.
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Black-Celebration.net has uploaded two more Promos of Patricia Arquette as Allison Dubois, plus one more Promo I found on a French Medium Fansite (a Medium Fansite which seems to be updated daily, for once). Plus a couple of Photos from 2006 NBC Premiere thingy featuring Jake Weber, his Girlfriend, and one of the twins, Madison or Miranda Carabello (who plays Marie Dubois).

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May 19, 2009, 06:45 PM | by Michael Slezak
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Mediumcbs_l The foolios at NBC have failed to pick up Patricia Arquette's psychic crime-solving drama Medium for a sixth season, but what else did you expect from a network that's handing over its Mon-Fri 10 p.m. hour to Jay Leno? Still, all hope is not lost! My colleague Michael Ausiello reports CBS is considering throwing a lifeline to one of TV's most underrated dramas. Aside from Arquette's Emmy-winning turn as Allison Dubois, here's five additional reasons the show deserves another season on a new network:



1) Joe and Allison DuBois are TV's best married couple. Seriously, network TV loves depicting married life as an endless cycle of bickering, resentment, and negotiations. But Medium, while never ignoring the workaday challenges faced by an average middle-class couple, also manages to depict the joys and comforts of a long-term relationship. Which is comforting, and almost quaint, in the 'Til Death/Rules of Engagement era.

2) Miranda Carabello (Marie Dubois) is currently challenging Maria Lark (Bridgette Dubois) for supremacy as cutest kid on the small screen. Anyone catch the recent episode in which Marie woke up with a nightmare about being dressed as a pea pod and forgetting her lines in the school play? Well, if you missed it, it's embedded after the jump. Sometimes, video is worth 1,000 words!

3) Jake Weber still needs his Emmy nomination! Dude got shortlisted last year, and while it'd be great if he makes the cut in 2009, I'm worried he'll get shafted in favor of William Shatner (again!).

4) Weekly scares are fun for the whole family! How many shows on your DVR roster consistently leave you clutching your pillow all scurrr'd-like? (Aside from some of those VH1 reality shows?) With Medium, you get an elevated heart rate without ever leaving the couch!

5) Medium is like a creepy, well-written, modern-day Love Boat for TV guest stars. Season 5 alone has found nifty roles for everyone from Jeffrey Tambor to Blythe Danner to James Van Der Beek to Emily Bergl. Support working actors, CBS, and give Medium its sixth season!

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NBC may have canceled 'Medium,' but the show's producer, CBS Television Studios, is not ready to pull the plug just yet. Insiders say that corporate sibling CBS may pick up the show, and EW speculates it could be paired with Friday-night hit "Ghost Whisperer."

But either way, the studio is not happy, releasing the following statement Tuesday morning: "NBC's cancellation of 'Medium' is inexplicable to us."

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"Medium" could be on the move.

Negotiations between NBC and CBS Television Studios are said to be at an impasse, leading to informed speculation that the show could be headed to the CBS Television Network.

NBC had been looking to bring back "Medium," but with a deal similar to what the network negotiated last year: A firm 13-episode pickup with an option to expand the order to 22 episodes later in the season. That's the deal NBC brokered with CBS' studio arm last year; the network eventually increased its commitment to a full season.


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