weber_dubois22: (BDH)
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Saying goodbye to Medium, the surprisingly Jewish television show that perfectly captured the realities of parenting, the depths of grief, and the joys of everyday life



Medium, which ended its seven-season run last week, was a show about ghosts, the afterlife, and general spookiness. But what it was really about was the messiness of family life. It presented the challenges of parenthood—funny, irksome, intimate, quotidian—as worthy of attention. “Can you make it to make our daughter’s soccer game?” was as important as “Why has the ghost of a murder victim taken possession of our video camera?”

If you weren’t a Medium watcher, let me fill you in. The show’s heroine, Allison (Patricia Arquette) was a psychic in Arizona who worked for the Phoenix District Attorney’s office, helping to solve crimes. She had to juggle her psychic visions, her relationship with her engineer husband, Joe, and the needs of her three quirky daughters.

It’s ironic that a show about the paranormal was so, well, normal. Allison didn’t look like the cookie-cutter starlets populating the TV universe. She wasn’t a size 2. She never wore spike heels to a crime scene. Her house looked like a real home, with unfortunate blue-and-yellow kitchen tiles I’m certain she hoped to replace as soon as they could afford it. Her girls squabbled at the breakfast table, and not in an adorable smart-assed sitcom-sassy way. I loved the show’s depiction of a loving marriage in which the partners fought and made up and had the same arguments over and over. (“Allison! Maybe that was just a regular dream, not a message from beyond the grave!” Oh, Joe.)

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With the early renewal of some of CBS' more "popular" Television Series (CSI: Miami, How I Met Your Mother, NCIS, NCIS: Los Angeles, and Two and a Half Men, The Big Bang Theory, Criminal Minds, CSI: Crime Scene Investigation, CSI: NY, The Good Wife, and The Mentalist), the decrease of a full-season episode (22) to a half season episode roster (16) for Numb3rs, adding onto one of the NCIS series, tvseriesfinale.com (TVSquad and Entertainment Weekly, respectively) are already predicting the demise of Series Vetrans like Ghost Whisperer, MEDIUM, Cold Case, the aformentioned Numb3rs, Old Christine and CBS' newer fall debut shows (Accidentally on Purpose, Three Rivers, Gary Unmarried).

Now the newer shows (Three Rivers and Accidentally on Purpose in particular), or even The New Adventures of Old Christine, I could see getting the axe. But their speculating the end of the older series, CBS' strongest weekend frontrunners, seems just a awfully premature in my opinion.

MEDIUM just debuted on CBS Channel, and from its 8 to 7 Million Viewer fluxation through its six, going on seven, episode run so far, I honestly can't see how it warrents to for cancellation. Ghost Whisperer and Numb3rs are CBS' top shows on Fridays, despite their dipping ratings, and Cold Case, from what I've seen sustains itself quite well on Sundays (but apparently, for whatever reason, its ratings are also "suffering" this year and suffered last year as well).

It might be fangirlism, but I swear the world-wide-web won't be happy until they can refer to MEDIUM (or even GW) in the past-tense.
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There was an extended scene in last week’s episode in which Allison was driving and talking to Joe on the phone. The point of the scene is that the street signs were covered in the symbols left by the Libra Killer, but all I and a lot of you were thinking was, “hang up, Allison! Hang up!”

Technically, since Allison isn’t a school bus driver, she wasn’t breaking any laws, as that is the only group for whom a cell phone ban is in place while driving in Arizona. But, come on. Not only has Allison had at least a couple of car accidents before, but the lady just had a stroke. Half of her body doesn’t completely work. Whether she should even be driving yet in the first place is debatable, but having an extended conversation with the phone up to her ear? Not the brightest idea in the world.

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weber_dubois22: (Jake Weber)
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Alrighty, then: Here are a List of Tags for the Community to use should they post any new information or fandom related material as the Falls rolls towards us. Please, Please, remember to use them. It would be an absolute waste if you didn't after all the hard work I went through to create these things. Also, be on the look out for a possible change in layout (from S1 to S2).

!Mod Post
!Affiliates
!Intro Post
!Help
!Question
!Resources

Seasonal/Episode Tags:
Medium: Season 1
Medium: Season 2
Medium: Season 3
Medium: Season 4
Medium: Season 5
Medium: Season 6
Medium Season Finale
Medium Season Premiere
Episode Discussion/Rants
Episode Reviews
Episode Descriptions
Medium: Seasonal DVDs
Medium on Lifetime
Medium: Rants
Medium: Spoilers
News: S1
News: S2
News: S3
News: S4
News: S5
News: S6
News: Rumors
News: Non-Medium
Other: Medium vs. Ghost Whisperer
Other: Joe is a Jerk
Other: Joe's Accent
Other: Will Joe Die?
Other: Hiatus
Other: Birthdays
Other: The Emmys
Other: The 3D Episode
other: Troubles @ NBC
Other: Bridgette is annoying

More Tags Behind the Cut )
weber_dubois22: (Unhappy)
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After seeing a non-3D showing Coraline (which is fantastic), I've just spent the better part of my evening browsing through the last 300+ pages of the Television Without Pity message board for MEDIUM and...

Yikes, I just stepped into the Pitiless zones )

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