Not So Much Medium As Extra Large?
The big question for fans of the hit TV show Medium, when season 6 finished in the US, was would there be a Season 7 of the popular NBC / CBS TV show, starring Patricia Arquette?
The good news was a new 22 episode season 7 of Medium began in September 2010 in the US. Sadly, Bad News followed in the form of a message to MEDIUM fans from series creator Glenn Gordon Caron:
"It's true. Allison Dubois will dream her last dream on "Medium", Friday, January 21st 2011 in what we believe will be a series defining episode, Allison and her family will stare destiny in the eye. And destiny will not blink."
In other words CBS are pulling the plug mid season!
Final Episode on CBS: Me Without You
The finale episode on January 21 2011 met with approval from most Medium fans. Allison, who loses her husband Joe in a plane accident, has become an attorney. She then realizes that Joe may still be alive in Mexico, suffering from amnesia.
However, this turns out to be just a dream and Joe finally appears to tell her that he really is dead. Allison happily lives to a ripe old age and finally meets Joe on the other side.
Why did CBS pull the plug? They are rumoured to be uncomfortable with the planned change to more steamy and erotic story lines as the season progressed. Insiders at CBS also whisper about a possible switch to a new production company in Canada with a format that appeals more to European and South American audiences.
Buy the final Season of Medium!
What next for Medium Fans?
So for Medium fans, as far as CBS goes, all that left now is the Season 7 Medium DVD and no doubt the whole Seven Seasons Medium Delux boxed set.
For those of you who don’t know, In the TV show Medium, Patricia Arquette plays Allison DuBois, a para-legal secretary to the local DA in Arizona. Allison, based on a real life person of the same name, helps the DA and the police department solve crimes using her psychic powers.
Had the show been allowed to run its course or if production moves to Canada then Alison will kick off the 2nd half of the season with poor, long-suffering husband Joe shaken from his slumber with a nightmare tale of gory toilet cubicles and dead prostitutes.
But Surely Joe is Dead?
No just another of Allison's bad dreams. Later the same week Allison guides her boss, DA Manuel Devalos and the police department to a gruesome desert grave and a blood splattered hideaway.
No significant changes in the plotlines so far then. It is amazing just how many gruesome slayings there are in Arizona and how Alison's dream-fuelled crime prevention efforts are so successful.
The next episode begins with Allison and Joe in bed, as usual. They spend a lot of time in bed. I guess Ms Arquette arrives on set each day in her hideous pyjamas. Her husband Joe also wears bad pyjamas. It’s a shame because they are a really good looking couple.
If the nightmare nightwear isn’t bad enough, Patricia wears a special, reinforced flattening bra to hide her fabulous breasts from the cameras.
Even when it appears that she and Joe might be getting it on, the pajamas (and bra) remain on and the camera withdraws before we can see anything remotely romantic.
Dreams of a Slaying in the Abattoir
Anyway tonight they sleep fitfully until 1.30 am when Allison wakes suddenly having dreamt about a young school teacher being butchered in an abattoir by a man named Frank.
The Arizona dawn finds Allison, tired and washed out as usual and preoccupied by her latest nightmares.
In the local mall, she bumps into an old college friend she hasn’t seen for over 10 years. The upshot is they grab a coffee together and catch up on old times.
“Alison you look kinda stressed and tired, what's wrong?” enquired Pam.
“You know that weird psychic gift thing I had at school? Well now I’m a Para-legal with the DA and I dream about slayings and solve crimes using my powers as a medium.”
“Sounds really cool. Does it pay well?”
“Not really. I don’t sleep too good either.”
“Well you sure are helping the DA with crime prevention. Anyway, I might be able to help,” said Pam, “I’m a Cognitive Behavioural Therapist and, as an old friend, I’ll be happy to give you some free CBT sessions. We can talk through your hang ups and help you to overcome your anxieties so you can sleep better.”
The DA's Office
The scene cuts to Allison, the next day, with the DA, Manuel Devalos in his office.
“You know, my career was dying on its feet,” recalled Manuel, “until you came along. Now I have friends in high places across the continent. Do you remember the 67 slayings perpetrated by that serial killer, 'the Butcher of Queen’s' in New York City? And what about your dream about the bearded guy in a hole in the desert?"
“Saddam Hussein?” queried Allison, her thoughts obviously elsewhere.
“Yeh that’s the guy. So now I’m the toast of Langley. The CIA love me.”
Allison seems preoccupied. She wears her trademark quizzical look “But why did you hire me? You didn’t know about my gifting then.”
“Two good reasons,” said Manuel brightly, staring at her chest.” He flushed suddenly, turned away, and then added unconvincingly, "You were very presentable at the interview. And kind of perky and smart too."
But am I a good Para-legal? Allison asked, anxiously.
“Remind me, what is a Para-legal?” Enquired Manuel.