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A new licensing arrangement with CBS adds these classic shows to the lineup as well as some newer ones. "More and more, people want to be able to access our programming on a wide variety of platforms," says CBS President of Distribution Scott Koondel in regards to the newest licensing deal between Netflix and CBS.

The licensing arrangement brings a whole range of new content to the streaming service, including newer shows like 'Medium' and the summer hit 'Flashpoint.'  There's plenty of older content too, like 'Cheers,' 'Frasier,' and episodes from every generation of 'Star Trek.' You'll be able to catch the new CBS shows starting in early April. Make sure you check out our regular feature The Netflix Stream for all the latest on what's coming to the service.



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CBS has released a new promotional still for the sixth Season of MEDIUM, naturally featuring Allison Dubois.




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So I'll admit, I just got into Medium a couple of months ago, therefore I've only been able to catch up watching re-runs and what not. I thought I was pretty good about watching the Friday night re-runs, but I think I missed one two weeks ago (at least I'm assuming my question was answered in that episode).

In this past Friday's episode "Who's That Girl" (Season 6, Episode 2), Allison has a cane and for most of the episode is holding her (right?) arm to her chest, almost as if she had had a stroke. I was just curious if any of this was explained in a previous episode. (Essentially, my question is: What happened?)
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It's funny. What I like best about The Mentalist – the absolute denial of psychic powers – is the opposite of the premise of Medium, which absolutely depends on the audience suspending disbelief enough to accept the heroine, Allison Dubois, as a psychic who, through the help of dreams and conversations with the dead, is able to help the Phoenix police and district attorney solve cases and save lives....

...Back to Medium, however. You see, I really don't believe in psychics. I think they are all, without exception, frauds. I have never heard of any who don't use their alleged "powers" for personal gain, whether financial or social, and I just don't think that God or the universe work that way.

However, I am perfectly happy to be in the audience for fantasy books, films and TV shows that have characters with powers that I don't believe in the real world. So while I have nothing but disdain for the real person on whom the series is based – a self-promoting fraud, in my opinion – that does not stop me from loving the fantasy series and the truly inventive writing that keeps finding new ways to use the supernatural premise to mess with the lives of the characters.

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Fast National ratings for Friday, May 21, 2010: CBS took yet another Friday night with its "Ghost Whisperer" series finale. After five seasons, the Jennifer Love Hewitt-led series said goodbye to 6.6 million viewers.

"Friday Night Lights" on NBC has maintained its viewership, and ABC's hidden camera show, "Primetime: What Would You Do?" won the coveted 18-49 demo for its hour. CBS drew 6.6 million viewers and a 4.4 rating/8 share in households. NBC's Friday numbers have been steadily improving, up to 5.4 million and a 3.7/7 share. They're followed by ABC (4.4 million, 2.9/6), FOX (3.1 million, 2.0/4) and The CW (1.2 million, 0.8/2). CBS took the adult demo with a 1.5 rating. They're followed by ABC with a 1.4. NBC had a 1.3, FOX had a 1.1, and The CW, 0.4.


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Fast National ratings for Friday, May 14, 2010: With numbers slightly down from last Friday, CBS still took its usual Friday night winner's spot. ABC, however, snuck ahead in the 18 - 49 demo.

CBS drew 6.2 million viewers and a 4.1 rating/8 share in households for the evening. ABC was next with 5.7 million and a 3.8/7, followed by NBC (5.1 million, 3.4/7), FOX (3.3 million, 2.0/4) and The CW (1.7 million, 1.1/2). ABC won the adult demo with a 1.7 rating, followed by CBS with a 1.4. NBC had a 1.3, FOX a 1.2 and The CW, 0.7.


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Friday, May 14 (9:00-10:00 PM, ET/PT) - "Dead Meat" - When an animal rights activist working undercover at a farm goes missing, Allison befriends a pig that could hold the key to the woman's whereabouts. Also, Joe's special birthday gift from Marie leaves him wondering how she was able to obtain it, on MEDIUM, on the CBS Television Network.



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The set of Medium is invaded by live pigs! Maria Lark takes you behind the scenes of tonight's episode, "Dead Meat".



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Deadline Hollywood reports that “Medium,” despite its radically diminished ratings, is likely to come back for a second season on CBS and a seventh season on network television.

Again we’re hearing about a new economic model that favors renewals for shows owned by a network’s parent company because they provide big ancillary revenue.

According to Deadline, CBS gets $1.3 million per episode from Lifetime for repeats of “Medium,” which are wholly owned by CBS. “Ghost Whisperer” is only half-owned by CBS and generates only $.7 million per episode from its repeats on Syfy, We and Ion. “Medium” was also the top-rated scripted show on Friday and garnered a bigger total audience than the NBA playoffs:


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Pundits have had a hard time predicting whether this will be the final season for Patricia Arquette’s five-year-old “Medium” – or not. Arquette herself seems ready for either a yea or nay. 

“You never know as an actor what the future holds. I’ll always be grateful for this a great time in my life,” she tells us. “I’ve been able to play really interesting things the writers have written – different time periods, different personalities, all kinds of amazing things.”

She’s also enjoyed her on-camera family, series hubby Jake Weber and daughters Sofia Vassilieva, Maria Lark, and twins Madison and Miranda Carabello (who share the role of Marie). “It’s so great to watch these girls grow up into such incredible young women. All the girls are taking on more and more and expressing their voices as actresses. Me and Jake love acting. We have great respect for it. They literally at us down and asked, ‘How do you prepare for a part? What do you do first? How do you break down a scene, a script?’ It’s impressive.”

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Prognosis looks very good for CBS’ supernatural procedural Medium to return for a seventh season. There had been some renewal chatter over the past couple of days and, while the network has not made its final decision yet, signs point to a second season of Medium on CBS following the show’s infamous dismissal by NBC a year ago. (That's when then-NBC topper Ben Silverman called the crime drama starring Patricia Arquette "an aging franchise, without a single fan letter, with no passion").

It certainly didn’t hurt that the Medium jumped 29% in 18-49 on Friday vs. last week and ranked as CBS’ top program of the night with a 1.8 demo rating and 7.1 million viewers overall. It also doesn’t hurt that CBS owns Medium and in 2005 inked a rich off-network deal with Lifetime that licenses the series for $1.3 million an episode.

CBS reportedly is looking to keep some scripted presence on Friday, probably mixed with newsmagazine or unscripted programming. Conventional wisdom would have similarly-themed Ghost Whisperer and Medium staying on together, which is certainly a possibility. While down sharply from last year, Ghost Whisperer still provides a solid 8 PM anchor for the night. Economically, it is not as lucrative as Medium as it is only 50% owned by CBS and it sold for $700,000 an episode to Syfy, We and Ion. (It does very well internationally though, and CBS may opt to keep a show that could end up on a rival network, ABC).

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CBS has several strong contenders among its comedy pilots, which may embolden it to drop most, or all, of its existing half-hour shows except for How I Met Your Mother, The Big Bang Theory, and Two and a Half Men (contingent on making a new deal with star Charlie Sheen, which appears likely). That way the network can introduce 3 new comedy series in the fall.

There are some rumblings that another CBS series, drama Ghost Whisperer, might transition to ABC. While it may look like a repeat of the Medium network switch last year (when the CBS Studios-produced drama was picked up by CBS after being canceled by NBC), the case with Ghost Whisperer is not identical. Despite being developed at ABC Studios, which runs lead on the show’s production, Ghost Whisperer is a co-production with CBS Studios, giving CBS and ABC an equal financial interest in continuing the show.

(Ghost Whisperer was sold domestically to a trio of networks -- Syfy, We and Ion -- and does very well internationally.) So the future of Ghost Whisperer comes down to what CBS wants to do with Friday night. Indications are that, despite the ratings meltdown the night has suffered this season on all broadcast networks, CBS intends to keep on scripted programming for at least a portion of the night. Given the fact that no one has been able to launch a successful scripted series on Friday since CSI premiered a decade ago, CBS has the option to stick with Ghost and/or Medium. (Ghost Whisperer has the ratings edge, but Medium is fully owned). Or send a veteran there for retirement, like… the original CSI.


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Fast National ratings for Friday, May 7, 2010; CBS once again claimed victory for a quiet Friday ratings-wise. It had competition from ABC, however, in the 18-49 adult demo.

The season premiere of NBC's "Friday Night Lights" returned with soft ratings, but ABC's premiere of "Primetime: What Would You Do?" won the adult demo for its hour. CBS drew 6.6 million viewers and a 4.3 rating/8 share in households for the evening, ABC was next with 5.3 million and a 3.5/7, followed by NBC (4.8 million, 3.1/6), FOX (3.2 million, 2.0/4) and The CW (1.5 million, 1.0/2). ABC and CBS tied in the adult demo with a 1.6 rating each. FOX had a 1.3, NBC a 1.2 and The CW, 0.6.


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