Medium - NBC/Lifetime
a kate west recommendation

I have to admit I didn't love this show at first. I thought it was boring and implausible. But it grew on me. And who doesn't want to believe in the after life? Patricia Arquette (pictured above) is Allison DuBois, a psychic working (unofficially, of course) for the District Attorney's office. The show is based on a real life Allison DuBois, who claims to be the real deal. I like the way those from beyond send Allison clues and messages in dreams and it's up to her to interpret them. Cool format to introduce each episode. And that's probably the way it supposedly works in real life. But mostly Arquette gives such a real performance as a mother and wife, that I bought into it.

Then there's Allison's yummy husband. Jake Weber as Joe DuBois (pictured right). He is a lovely intellectual (an engineer helping out little projects for space, etc.).

I also like all these juicy parts for "older" women who get fewer movie roles (for no particular good reason whatsoever). Kyra Sedgwick on "The Closer", Holly Hunter on "Saving Grace" and Lili Taylor on "State of Mind". Good for them. Three seasons into "Medium", I decide to suspend my disbelief and just enjoy the show - there's a lot to think about here.

•Patricia Arquette - Allison DuBois
•Miguel Sandoval - D.A. Manuel Devalos
•David Cubitt - Detective Lee Scanlon
•Sofia Vassilieva - Ariel DuBois
•Maria Lark - Bridgette DuBois
•Jake Weber - Joe DuBois

• Glenn Gordon Caron Creator
• Kelsey Grammer Executive Producer (yes, from "Frasier")
• Glenn Gordon Caron Executive Producer
• RenĂ© Echevarria Executive Producer
• Ronald L. Schwary Executive Producer
• Steve Stark Executive Producer

The First Season:
Medium - The Complete First Season

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