Another spin-off for CSI

Medium’s Patricia Arquette will play the lead role in a new CBS cyber crime spin-off from the CSI series.  Arquette’s character will be introduced in an episode of CSI later in the year.

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She sees what others can’t.

In the third season of the series inspired by the real-life story of research medium Allison Dubois, Patricia Arquette returns as the strong-willed, devoted young wife and mother of three girls who has gradually come to grips with her extraordinary ability to talk to dead people and see current events and the future through her dreams. Dubois works as a consultant to the District Attorney, using her psychic abilities to solve violent and horrifying crimes that baffle Phoenix police and others within the criminal justice system. Meanwhile, at home, Dubois’ husband is a supportive husband and father who is also busy launching his own scientific engineering company. Their daughters, all seem to have inherited their mother’s abilities to varying, expanding degrees, which causes Alison additional sleepless nights.

Notable guest stars this season include Neve Campbell (Scream) and Jason Priestley (Beverly Hills 90210).

What is wrong with the network TV programmers these days? Are they all just a bunch of morons with a lack of imagination to dare try anything new? I’m talking about how they seem hell-bent on putting the same-type shows on against one another and think that is somehow clever competitive programming. There’s nothing clever about it, it’s idiotic and a frustration to viewers.

There are ample examples of what I mean.

At 5pm on Saturdays, both TV1 and TV3 both show the ONLY fishing shows currently on schedule at exactly the same time.

7:30pm that same night and both TV1 and TV3 have renovation shows.

Tuesdays at 7:30pm, not just two, but THREE networks – TV2, TV3, and Prime all have cooking shows on at the same time.

Does it not occur to the stations that they are actually shrinking the potential audience by appealing to the same interests in these time slots? Doesn’t it occur to some of them to swap it up a bit and mix things around so there’s more variety, thereby actually increasing the overall number of viewers all round?

There was another annoying clash a couple of years ago – when Ghost Whisperer was up against Medium – the same type of supernatural show. One station changed the night and would you believe the other changed theirs to the same night and so the clash continued. No imagination see.

In the second half of the 1970s, the golden era of television in NZ, the rule was “competitive but complementary” programming – no clash of same genre allowed – and it worked really well. Did no one learn from this?

The final insult, or ultimate utter stupidity of pointless programming, which is what finally prompted me to write this, is the memorial servce this afternoon, Granted it’s a sad event for the country but could you tell me what the point was of THREE networks all broadcasting exactly the same live feed of the event? TVNZ had some sort of sole right of camera access; therefore the feed was identical on TV1, TV3 and Prime. It’s not like the other stations could show the service from a different camera angle at least. Oh no. So what was the point of the other channels feeling under some sort of obligation of simulcasting the same thing? What was the point? Did it never occur to them that not everyone wanted to watch it? Perhaps there were some that found it too sad, or that it wasn’t something worth wallowing in. My point is, TV3 and Prime should have stuck to their regular programming. They weren’t going to get any more viewers by doing what they did since just about everyone who wanted to watch the memorial would have been tuned to TV1. There was absolutely no point in them simulcasting the TVNZ signal. What a waste of broadcasting air and yet one more example of moronic program decision making.

Guillermo del Toro joins Hulk series

Guillermo del Toro has joined the new Hulk television production alongside Battlestar Gallactica producer David Eick. The director will make his television debut on the project which will centre on an origin story for Bruce Banner.

Keating admits to poor choices on X Factor

X Factor judge and mentor Ronan Keating has admitted to getting song choices wrong for his acts during this season’s competition. Keating says he knows that James McNally’s early elimination came down to his choice of song, saying that Maggie May wasn’t the right song for him.

Medium cancelled

Medium actress Patricia Arquette has confirmed that the psychic series has been axed by its American network. The Emmy-winning actress says the series will wrap following the final episode in the seventh season.

Actress promoted to Big Bang series regular

Actress Mayim Bialik has been promoted to a series regular on comedy series The Big Bang Theory after joining the show at the end of its third season. The deal is said to be for the fourth season only and doesn’t necessarily mean she will feature in every episode.

American network CBS has gone on a spring cleaning rampage, culling seven shows for the upcoming season.

The network has cancelled several big-name shows which appear in primetime slots in New Zealand as it makes room for new projects for the upcoming American summer.

Headlining the list of cancellations is drama series Cold Case, which has faded in the ratings in recent seasons according to the network. The show has run for seven seasons in total.

Jennifer Love Hewitt vehicle Ghost Whisperer has also been axed despite the show performing relatively well overseas.

Despite rumours it may be saved by fellow network ABC, The New Adventure of Old Christine will also finish its run.

The other shows on the scrap heap are Numb3rs, Gary Unmarried, Miami Medical and Accidentally on Purpose.

But there was good news coming from CBS HQ as well with news that Rules of Engagement and Medium have been renewed by the network for another season.

Also, CBS has just announced a new series involving William Shatner which will centre on a real life Twitter page featuring the ramblings of a retired doctor.

Source: TV Squad

I had to laugh today, I read a letter in Mr Telly – TV Guide, the letter asked why Medium, Law & Order and CSI Miami had been taken off air.

TV3 replied ” These shows had been under-performing and low audience numbers precipitated the decision to take them off air”


We just don’t want to watch adverts every five minutes!!! – So we all switched off!

Its as simple as that, the sooner TV stations realise that we (the Kiwi TV viewing public) don’t want to watch ad after ad which totaly ruins the flow of a program, the better.

We have a choice, yes, we can switch off, we can buy a DVD, we can even record the program and watch it later and fast forward through the adverts. Wouldn’t it be in the TV stations best interests to keep their viewers, rather than pander to the advertisers? Without viewers they are nothing! The internet is so good now we can watch programs easily and without adverts,


Thursday, April 23rd at 9:30pm

Patricia Arquette returns to our screens this week as Allison Dubois, a strong-willed, devoted young wife and mother with an extraordinary ability to read people’s thoughts and see the future through her dreams in the hit supernatural series Medium, premiering its brand new season on Thursday, April 23rd at 9:30pm on 3.

After the financial and emotional struggles the Dubois household faced last series, Arquette says the upcoming fifth season will see a return of some normality to her fictional family.

“It was so dark for a couple of years, which I kind of love, but I think it’s good to give them a little bit of relief,” Arquette tells People Magazine.

This relief will come in the form of Allison returning to work as a part-time consultant to the Phoenix police, and her husband Joe (Jake Weber) launching his own scientific engineering company.

“His got this investor who’s putting up the dough for him to run his own company,” she says of Joe’s new venture.

“And he’s working in a big fancy warehouse. He has some problems finding people to work for him because he’s had some bad luck with that. But he’s in a good spot; he’s in a big pot of honey this year.”

The actress also says that after five years of working with the Medium cast a crew she is finally starting to feel comfortable enough to let the character take over.

“It’s been five years and I think that Jake [Weber] and I see more of each other than we do our own families,” she says.

“I think one of the advantages of doing a show for as long as we have and working with the same people as long as we have is you just don’t get nervous anymore. It’s all sort of relaxed and you just want to have a good time at work.”

“You have a lot of directors who come and go, but because you’re consistently working with each other and the crew, you have a very safe place to go,” adds Weber.

Make sure not to miss these close co-stars when Medium returns for its fifth season on Thursday, April 23rd at 9:30pm on 3.

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The hit supernatural drama returns with the chilling conclusion to last season’s cliff-hanger finale. With Captain Push in a coma after risking his life to find a serial killer, Allison struggles with the fact that she hasn’t had a dream in three months. Inspired by the life story of Allison Dubois, Patricia Arquette (in her Emmy award wining role) stars as an attentive mother of three and a loving wife who, after a lifetime of ignoring her supernatural potential, is finally embracing the psychic abilities she has been graced with to help the helpless in her role as an intern at the DA’s office. But just how close is Arquette’s portrayal of the real Dubois? On first meeting, Arquette told Dubois “You’re so self-confident. People are apprehensive about this ability to be psychic and what that means. It’s always conflict that’s interesting to me to watch, anyway, so I don’t want to play you as confident as you are. I’m actually not going to play you like you,” and she was like, “Okay. I get that. That’s cool.” In regards to the supernatural subject matter of the show, Arquette has said “I’ve had an intimate relationship with dead people my whole life. My best friend died when I was twelve and my parents had both died and just half the people I knew as teenager died and it had been a very painful thing for me. But I did feel that you could still have a relationship with the dead. I felt them and I knew a lot of people had, so when this material came to me, I felt like, I want to tell the story.” See how the story plays out, this April on Vibe.

Wednesday, November 5th at 9:30pm

It’s time to say goodbye to Alison (Patricia Arquette) and the rest of the Dubois family when the hit supernatural series Medium finals on Wednesday, November 5th at 9:30pm on 3.

Joining Alison and Joe (Jake Weber) on this season finale will be non-other then film star Kelly Preston (Death Sentence, Jerry Maguire). Preston made her first Medium appearance earlier this season in the episode “Partners in Crime”, portraying Meghan Doyle, a venture capitalist who decides to invest in Joe’s solar power-based invention and become his business partner.

“‘Medium really, truthfully, is my favourite show,” says Preston of the series. “My husband [John Travolta] loves it as well. But my kids – well at least my youngest, she’s a little spooked, I think.”

This week’s season finale titled “Drowned World,” will find Preston up to no good as Meghan reveals some rather shady plans for Joe and his solar powered invention.

“She keeps sort of pulling him into her web with promises of prosperity and, you know, true realisation of his dream,” the actress says of her character’s plans in the upcoming episode. “Yet, she is sort of taking him down a slippery path.”

And while the episode’s exciting conclusion marks the end of her story arc, Preston isn’t ruling out the idea that viewers might see her devious double-dealer on the series again – even if Meghan were to meet her demise.

“My character gets pretty wound up pretty succinctly,” she explains. “But, you know, as with a lot of the characters, they can also come back… I don’t fall off a cliff, but I do do something that’s pretty wicked.”

And how do the creators of Medium feel about Preston returning to the series after this finale? “We’re thrilled to have Kelly join us for the final episodes of season four,” says creator Glenn Gordon Caron. “But as for her returning in series five, who knows, only time will tell.”

Make sure not to miss Kelly Preston as we say goodbye to Medium for another season, Medium finals on Wednesday, November 5th at 9:30pm on 3.

Wednesday, September 24th at 9:30pm

Rosanna Arquette becomes the third Arquette sibling to guest star on sister Patricia’s supernatural drama Medium when the hit series screens on Wednesday, September 24th at 9:30pm on 3.

Although the two Arquette sisters have carved out their own unique paths as actresses in Hollywood, Patricia and Rosanna have barely worked with each other.

Now that Patricia Arquette has had a successful run for the past four seasons on the popular series, it only made sense for her to team up with her older sister for an episode on the show.

This week’s instalment entitled “Lady Killer” sees Rossana step on to the set of Medium to portray a dangerous femme fatale “cougar” who Allison and Scanlon set out to track down after the savage murder of two young men.

“I have to say I have been calling in a lot of favours and I’m really excited about this particular part they wrote for her because Rosanna is a very strong comedic and dramatic actress and this role requires both elements,” says Patricia of her sister’s appearance on the series.

“This episode is about this black-widow woman who’s seducing men and killing them,” adds Patricia, who has been trying to convince her older sister to appear on Medium for four years. “It’s fun because our killers aren’t usually women.”

“When [Medium executive producer] Glenn Caron called, I was like, ‘Ooh, I’d like to be a killer! A lady killer,'” says Rosanna. And it turns out the feeling was mutual.

“One of the nice things about being in business with Patricia Arquette is you get access to all of these other Arquettes,” jokes Caron, who previously hired brothers David (to direct) and Richmond (to act) for Medium. “I can buy them, trade them, whatever… It’s like having your own little repertory!”

So how will the two Arquette sisters portray being on opposite sides of the law? Find out when Rosanna Arquette joins her sister in Medium, screening Wednesday, September 24th at 9:30pm on 3.