Save Medium

Last year, I was glad when CBS came to the rescue of the television show Medium, scooping it up and adding it to its Friday night lineup when NBC unceremoniously dropped it from its schedule (part of the Peacock Network's misguided decision to give Jay Leno a large chunk of its primetime timeslots, a terrible idea that NBC quickly abandoned, but not before a lot of damage was done). I had my fears about what the new network might do to the creative direction of the show, but I have been pleasantly surprised to see Medium continue to provide the terrific storylines and carry over all the chills, thrills, and excitement that made the drama such a hit in the first place.

CBS paired Medium, the saga of an average housewife who uses her psychic powers to help the district attorney's office solve crimes, with what seemed to be the perfect match -- Ghost Whisperer, about a woman who sees dead people.  Although the ratings for both shows have not been great, they also have not been abysmal for a Friday night.  Sadly, I have read reports that CBS will likely cancel at least one of the two shows.  That would be a shame, since both have loyal fanbases.  My wife has been a big fan of Ghost Whisperer since day one, and we both love Medium

But if I had to root for one of the two shows to survive, it would have be Medium.  I always considered Ghost Whisperer, starring Jennifer Love Hewitt, to be a pale imitation of MediumGhost Whisperer tends to be melodramatic and campy, while Medium has far better writing and plays with emotions that seem to ring true.

Both shows, of course, deal with farfetched ideas.  You do not need to be a believer of all of the paranormal gobblygook at the heart of each show -- Medium uses those fantasy devices (ghosts, psychic visions, clairvoyant dreams) much more creatively than any other show I have seen.  The dream segments alone in Medium are worth watching, full of twists, turns, and imaginative scenarios that often make us jump out of our seats. 

The cast of Medium is also fantastic, with some of the best chemistry on television.  Patricia Arquette is wonderful in the lead, and her relationship with the other characters is the heart of the show. The supporting characters add great depth to a program whose weekly mysteries alone are enough to keep you glued to the set, but the interplay between Arquette's Allison Dubois and her endearing husband Joe (played perfectly by British actor Jake Weber), her boss Manuel Devalos (Miguel Sandoval at his best), her daughters Ariel (Sofia Vassilieva), Bridgette (Maria Lark), Marie (Miranda Carabello), and Detective Lee Scanlon (David Cubitt) is what brings us back for more.

CBS recognizes the creative greatness and the popularity of Medium otherwise they would not have picked it up.  Hopefully, they will continue to have faith in the show and stick with it a little longer (maybe in a new timeslot?) so that more people can discover this underrated gem.

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