Since 2005, “Medium” has been drawing in its fair share of loyal viewers. It takes quite a plotline and constant innovation to continue to hold its own on the airwaves.
The entire cast and crew of “Medium” seems to know exactly what it takes to be successful. Week after week, they never cease to bring the viewers exactly what they want. But what is it that they present that keeps us tuning in?
The show revolves around psychic, and mother of three, Allison Dubois. Allison has dreams of things past and those to come. She uses her visions to help the Phoenix District Attorney’s office solve various cases, most commonly murders. She also has a family to hold together, which adds to the depth of her character.
No matter how well-written a show is, success is delivered by the actors. The cast of “Medium” nails it every episode. The connection between cast members, and the chemistry, is undeniable on the small screen. Without this bond, the show couldn’t be as big a hit.
First you have Patricia Arquette, (Allison Dubois) seasoned actress, seemingly born with talent in her genes. She has been critically acclaimed for both small and big screen roles. Beyond her acting talent, her skills are sold by her natural, attainable good looks. She has a look and personality that average TV viewers have no problem connecting with.
Jake Weber (Allison’s husband, Joe) is vital part of the show too. His character is lovable. He works every day, helps raise the children, and most endearingly, puts up with Allison’s visions, which threaten the marriage on many occasions. He plays a supportive and very real husband with ups and downs like any other.
The children are played by Sofia Vassilieva (oldest, Ariel), Maria Lark (middle, Bridgette), and Madison/Miranda Carabello (youngest, Marie). In the beginning, the children didn’t play big roles. In the last two seasons, their roles have been expanded, as they have inherited their mother’s dreaming visions and are becoming a larger part of the show.
Miguel Sandoval (D.A. Manuel Devalos), and David Cubitt (Detective Lee Scanlon), round out the ensemble. The detective and the D.A. start out being Allison’s biggest skeptics. Before long, Allison proves without a doubt that she does possess her claimed abilities and the two lawmen become supporters.
The actors on “Medium” have to hold their own, but where would they be without talented writers? The script that’s written is equally as important as those who are portraying it.
There is slew of writers for “Medium”, but Glenn Gordon Caron has the most writing credits for the show. He has also written for a number of other TV shows, most famously, “Moonlighting”.
Caron has his work cut out for him on “Medium”. It can’t be easy to keep coming up with new and intriguing plots while remaining true to the characters and storyline. After all, how many different episodes can you come with where there’s a murder, and it gets solved by a psychic?
Somehow, Caron keeps doing it! And even though the episodes are generally similar, they are still so different that it keeps you coming back for more. Caron makes the show believable for both psychic supporters and skeptics alike.
Caron writes with a balance that’s essential to the show’s success. There is a fair amount of blood and gore, but there are also enough touching, inspiring, and lesson-learning moments to keep everything in check.
It probably doesn’t hurt that the real-life Allison Dubois has ongoing input into the show. That’s right; there is a real Allison Dubois. “Medium” is loosely based on an actual person and the events she experiences, making the show that much more fascinating.
Peoples’ enchantment with the supernatural started long before TV was invented. Psychic phenomenon has been around for hundreds of years. Nostradamus was making predictions of the future all the way back in the early 1500’s.
While the marvel of psychic abilities and other supernatural wonders seem captivating enough to sell themselves, plenty of TV shows have tried and failed. What sets “Medium” apart from the less than successful shows are the people involved.
Without the consummate actors and writers alike, “Medium”, no matter how alluring the plot, would not be a success. With such talents working on the show, we are likely to see the depth characters evolve, and the plotlines continue to impress for many episodes to come.
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