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The 7th season of the show, starring Patricia Arquette, is coming to DVD on June 21st when CBS and Paramount Home Entertainment release Medium - The Final Season. The 4-DVD package running 563 minutes is presented in anamorphic widescreen video, with English 5.1 Stereo Surround and English subtitles. You'll also get the following list of extras, all enclosed in the packaging that is shown at bottom:

MEDIUM is the drama inspired by the real-life story of research medium Allison Dubois, an extraordinary wife and mother who, since childhood, has struggled to make sense of her dreams and visions of dead people. Dubois is a strong-willed, devoted wife and mother of three girls who has gradually come to grips with her extraordinary ability to talk to dead people, see current events and the future through her dreams and read people's thoughts.


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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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WASHINGTON — It's said all too often that you can't argue with success. But you can. The argument: CBS is doing a disservice by airing so many crime dramas. The counter-argument: Doing a disservice to whom? CBS is the most-watched network in America. Precisely the point. The more people who watch, the more people can get drawn into a worldview that we live in dangerous places in a dangerous society.

It's true that Marshal Matt Dillon gunned down some outlaw virtually every week on "Gunsmoke" — another CBS program — and that series ran 20 seasons. But by the time the show premiered in 1955, the Old West was a thing of the past. All of CBS' crime series are set in the present day.

Let's look at all of the CBS crime shows that aired the week of Jan. 16-22: "CSI: Miami," "Hawaii Five-O," "NCIS," "NCIS: Los Angeles," "Criminal Minds," "Blue Bloods," "CSI: Crime Scene Investigation," "The Mentalist," "The Medium," two installments of "CSI: New York" and two reruns as part of the network's "Crimetime Saturday" package.

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CBS Television Studios has entered into a first look deal with leading independent comic book publisher Oni Press and its sister company Closed on Mondays Entertainment. The announcement was made at Comic Con by David Stapf, President, CBS Studios and Eric Gitter, President of Closed On Monday Entertainment.

Oni Press, in conjunction with CBS Television Studios, will mine its extensive library as well as its upcoming slate of comic and graphic novels to develop and create TV series and event programming.

Oni Press has concentrated their efforts in the feature film world with great success having developed numerous feature film projects with some of Hollywood’s top producers. Oni Press published the source material for the highly anticipated Universal Pictures summer event movie SCOTT PILGRIM VS. THE WORLD which will be released on August 13. Eric Gitter serves as a producer of the film.

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Somewhere, Joel McHale is working on his nerd-crushing vice grip. And so is William Shatner. CBS has announced its new schedule for the 2010-2011 TV season, and in a move that no one saw coming, will be moving Big Bang Theory to Thursday nights at 8—taking on McHale's Community on NBC. And you'll never guess who's going to try to beat down Dwight Schrute and Michael Scott from The Office:

OK, you probably can because he's already mentioned up there, but a new sitcom starring Shatner called $#*! My Dad Says. (You know, based on that "Twitter" thing all the kiddos are talking about.) It's from Will & Grace producers David Kohan and Max Mutchnick and will air opposite The Office, after Big Bang, on CBS' Thursday nights at 8:30. Other moves: Survivor goes to Wednesdays at 8. CSI: NY moves to Fridays at 9. CSI: Miami is now Sundays at 10.

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CBS is going to have some open slots next season after all. In an year when some insiders speculated that CBS would only lose a couple shows, the network just canceled four dramas (including three veterans) and two comedies.

Crime procedurals "Cold Case," "Ghost Whisperer" and "Numbers" will not be renewed for next season. Jerry Bruckheimer's drama "Miami Medical" is likewise canceled, as is fellow freshman "Accidentally on Purpose," which mainly aired in the network's Monday night comedy block. Veteran Wednesday night comedies "New Adventures of Old Christine" and "Gary Unmarried" are also cancelled.

Several of these titles could have easily returned and, indeed, were expected to return. The harsh verdicts will signal to ad buyers that TV's "most-watched network" is not being complacent and that executives have faith in their new shows, though will doubtless disappoint some fans. Also, the network picked up "Medium" and "Rules of Engagement" for next season, as expected.

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The wait is almost over: Upfront week officially kicks off in a few hours with the announcement of NBC’s new fall schedule (the network unveils the sked to advertisers tomorrow morning). In the meantime, here’s a quick rundown of the latest pickup/cancellation buzz:

* CBS has all but axed Cold Case, Miami Medical, and Numb3rs. Ghost Whisperer and Medium, meanwhile, are expected back. A CBS rep declined to comment.


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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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NBC will go down in history as a network that underestimated its creative talent and snubbed its viewers. NBC Universal head Jeff Zucker & co. created a cheap variety show in place of the high-quality scripted content that once made the network worth watching past 10 p.m. Now executives are facing one of the most massive trainwrecks in television history.

As in all trainwrecks and good TV drama, most of us can't look away. But maybe NBC and the rest of us should start shifting our gaze towards CBS, the network that still has faith in scripted content, to bring in viewers and deliver results. CBS Entertainment president Nina Tassler recently told the press that the network took in more advertising revenue for its 10 p.m. dramas because NBC went the Jay Leno variety way. "Ten o'clock is a great business for us," she said.

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Chances are that you’ve noticed the Leno/Conan shenanigans going on at NBC over the past couple days. There are a host of interesting sides to that story, but as I sat down to watch the new Medium Friday night, one stood out. As executives try to hammer out a plan for what they’re going to do with the 10PM hour when they pull Leno, you know one of them had to think, “Damn, it sure would be nice to have Medium in our back pocket for mid-season.” The decision to cancel Medium was a curious one last spring, and it’s only looking worse as the season moves along. As the NBC suits watch Heroes fail to reach 5 million viewers, Medium just keeps cruising right along, steady as ever, even on Friday night. Of course, much of that is owed to the fact that the show is still very good, as we saw with quite a twist in the 2010 premiere.

It’s funny, but halfway through “An Everlasting Love” I was sure that Joe and Keith were going to be my favorite part of the show, thanks to their awkward and fumbling friendship. The case of the week certainly started out well enough, with an interesting spin on the classic “The call is coming from inside the house” bit. But it seemed to lose a little steam once Jeremy (Pablo Schreiber) was dead. Ah, but seemed is the operative word there. For a moment, it looked like clingy-boyfriend-Jeremy was going to serve as an annoyance to Allison, more than anything else. That all changed with the big reveal when Mandy (Jess Weixler) opened the hat box. I totally didn’t see that one coming.

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Vampires may be getting all the glory these days, but when it comes to day-in, day-out spooky family entertainment, it's hard to beat ghosts.

The popularity of ghost and paranormal stories is nothing new -- from the King's ghost in Shakespeare's "Hamlet" to Charles Dickens' "A Christmas Carol." But it's on the small screen that ghosts are most alive. The first two hours of CBS' Friday night lineup are devoted to "Ghost Whisperer," now in its fifth season, and "Medium," which joined the network after five seasons on NBC. Both dramatic series revolve around women who can see dead people.

Several cable networks have built their lineups around ghost/paranormal reality shows. These series follow investigators going to residential homes, historical locations, abandoned hospitals, prisons and even aircraft carriers that are supposedly haunted.

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Just because two things look the same doesn't mean they are. Case in point, Medium and Ghost Whisperer. While both may deal with supernatural elements and women who can speak with the dead, these shows couldn't be more different. Ghost Whisperer stars the always too-adorable Jennifer Love Hewitt, with a heart so big even the dead can't resist her.

It's sappy, predictable and overwrought with sentimental drama. By episode's end, all is right with the world, this one and the one beyond, and the dead see the light and "cross over." And then there's Medium -- unpredictable, dark and a little disturbing. It's also based on real-life psychic Allison DuBois, played perfectly by Patricia Arquette, who uses her "gift" to help the D.A. solve grisly crimes.

The fact that Medium is based on an actual medium helps the show's credibility, making it believable even to skeptics. For five years, the show aired to solid ratings and a loyal fan base on NBC. But when the peacock network decided to put The Jay Leno Show on five nights a week, suddenly there was no room for Medium. Thankfully, CBS picked up the series and initially paired it with Ghost Whisperer on Friday nights -- the only downside to the move.

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There’s been some discussion on our site about the possibility that Medium may be canceled. It’s true that Medium has done poorly in the ratings this season compared to CBS Fridays last season, but so have its bretheen Numb3rs and Ghost Whisperer. But I significantly doubt that CBS would cancel two of its Friday shows in a single season, no matter how far they fall. So, like the joke about the two guys running from the bear, all Medium needs to do to survive for another season is outrun Numb3rs.

The Good Wife is doing a bit below average ratings for CBS. On NBC it would be a hit. On ABC or Fox it would be safe. On CBS, something’s gotta go, that puts it on the bubble for next season. The New Adventures of Old Christine and Gary Unmarried’s low ratings could be tolerated for yet another season if CBS sticks to its goal of a second “comedy block”, but don’t be surprised if Christine goes and Gary stays.

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The cancellation of Mr. Grammer's show probably comes to no surprise to alot of folk, but, what I did find surprising, was that, apparently, prior to his interview where he says MEDIUM's move to CBS was an advantageous one, procuder Kelsey Grammer was pissed that CBS moved the series from NBC to their station. At least according to Variety.com:

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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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LOS ANGELES — CBS Corp. posted third-quarter earnings that beat analyst forecasts Thursday as sales of popular shows to other networks and higher subscription fees for pay-TV service Showtime helped overcome an advertising downturn.

The New York-based broadcast network operator, which is controlled by media mogul Sumner Redstone, posted net income of $208 million, reversing a $12.5 billion loss in a year-ago quarter that was marred by impairment charges. Adjusted for one-time items, the earnings came to 25 cents per share, past analyst expectations for 22 cents per share. Revenue fell less than 1 percent to $3.35 billion, also beating forecasts of $3.2 billion.

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This seems familiar...

Most of the five seasons "Medium" ran on NBC wrapped with cast and crew wondering if they'd still have jobs the following season, and whether CBS -- which produces the show -- would swoop in to save "Medium" if and when it got the ax. That's precisely what happened this year.

"Frankly, we're made by CBS, and there was always this quiet sort of acknowledgement that 'Medium' would fit well on CBS," says creator and executive producer Glenn Gordon Caron. "That's not to be negative about the NBC experience, which I'm very grateful for. We premiered very well initially on NBC. We had really good numbers, and they seemed excited to have us.

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