anyone planning on watching this? i can't wait...i love this kind of stuff!
By BRIDGET BYRNE, For The Associated Press
LOS ANGELES - In 1987's "A Nightmare on Elm Street 3: Dream Warriors," Patricia Arquette (news) played someone with psychic powers. Now, she'll do it on a weekly basis.
In "Medium," which premieres 10 p.m. EST Jan. 3 on NBC, Arquette plays Allison Dubois, a real-life Arizona woman known for her apparent ability to communicate with dead people.
Married to an aerospace engineer and the mother of three, Dubois was studying law when she discovered her psychic abilities could provide research in solving murders and missing-person cases.
Arquette says she asked many questions of Dubois to try to fully grasp the mystery of her powers, learning the information "doesn't come to her in a linear fashion ... you are just getting snippets of images of something in the future and something in the past ... That is part of what the show's episodes are about — her trying to piece together the whole picture and figure out, `What does this really mean?'"
Easier to grasp was Dubois' family life.
"She has a funny relationship with her husband (played by Jake Weber)," Arquette explained. "They are flirty and funny together — they kind of mess with each other and enjoy each other's funkiness and sense of humor. They are good friends and great partners."
Arquette did change one aspect of Dubois' character: "She seems very self-confident. I wanted my Allison to be a little more affected by the judgments she makes."
She reasons this will provide viewers with more insight because some people "still feel like it's evil and devil work or whatever, so you want to be as open as you can, so people can empathize with you and feel like they can come along with you on this journey."
Executive producer Glenn Gordon Caron, whose previous credits include the romantic private-eye series "Moonlighting," says he's less interested in capturing "the extraordinary part" of Dubois' life than "the ordinary part of it."
He says the show probably skews 60-40 in favor of "how to be a functional human being when you realize your perception of reality is different from everyone else's."
But this is mainstream television, so there will, of course, be crime-solving action each week.
Caron believes Arquette is perfect for the version of Dubois he has created, whose "incredible intuitive powers lie in her incredible lack of vanity. You have the sense this is a person who doesn't spend an inordinate amount of time looking in the mirror, because so much of her energy goes outward, and that's something you instantly feel with Patricia. She's not a vain person at all."
Arquette won a CableACE award playing an epileptic girl in the 1991 TV movie "Wildflower," directed by Diane Keaton, but this is her first starring role in a network series.
Now 36, she continues to carry on a family legacy. Grandfather Cliff Arquette (best known as Charlie Weaver) and father Lewis were both actors. Siblings Rosanna, Alexis, Richmond and David all act.
Born in Chicago, she was 18 when she gave herself a year to find work in movies.
"I was really shy and one of the hardest things to deal with in acting is rejection," she recalled. "So I had to create a way for myself to get rejected all the time and yet feel all right about it. So I told myself I was going to try hard every day for a year, even if I fell flat on my face each day."
She made it, of course, starring in an eclectic variety of films for innovative directors such as Tim Burton in "Ed Wood," David Lynch in "Lost Highway," Sean Penn in "The Indian Runner" and John Madden in "Ethan Frome."
Formerly married to Nicolas Cage, Arquette is engaged to actor Thomas Jane, and they have a daughter, Harlow, who will be 2 in February. She also has a 16-year-old son, Enzo, from her relationship with musician Paul Rossi.
And, no, she can't see into the future.
Her joke is: "I'm not psychic. I dreamed John Kerry won the election!"
I'm going to give this one a try. It has 3 epis to snag me - if not then I'm moving on.
I'm definitely going to give this one a look.
I like this type of thing anyway, plus, for reasons that I'm not really 100% sure of, I like Patricia Arquette.
I love this type of stuff too. :D :D I am eagering awaiting it. Just upset it will clash with CSI: Miami.
It seems like a great replacement for UPN's Haunted which was canceled last year. :( :(
From Emmy Award-winning executive producer, creator and director Glenn Gordon Caron (“Moonlighting”) comes “Medium,” a chilling drama series inspired by the real-life story of research medium Allison Dubois. Patricia Arquette (“Stigmata,” “Flirting with Disaster”) stars as a young wife and mother who, since childhood, has been struggling to make sense of her dreams and visions of dead people.
Allison Dubois (Arquette) is a strong-willed young mother of three, a devoted wife and law student who begins to suspect that she can talk to dead people, see the future in her dreams and read people's thoughts. Fearing for her mental health, she turns for support to her husband Joe (Jake Weber, "U-571"), an aerospace engineer, who slowly comes to believe that what his wife is telling him just might be true. The real challenge is convincing her boss, D.A. Devalos (Miguel Sandoval) -- and the other doubters in the criminal justice system -- that her psychic abilities can give them the upper hand when it comes to solving violent and horrifying crimes whose mysteries often reside with those who live beyond the grave.
Sofia Vassilieva and Maria Lark also star as Ariel and Bridget, the Dubois children. David Cubitt (“10.5”) also recurs as Detective Lee Scanlon.
Caron is creator and executive producer. Kelsey Grammer (“Girlfriends”), Steve Stark and Oscar winner Ronald L. Schwary (“Ordinary People”) are executive producers. “Medium” is produced by Picturemaker Productions, Inc. in association with Grammnet Productions and Paramount Network Television.
:up on this, I think. I, too, like Patricia Arquette :shrug for some reason (she was so good in my favorite movie of all time, True Romance with Christian Slater)
I'm interested in the subject and will give this one a look-see, too. Parapsychology seems to be currently gaining popularity.
It's a little reminiscent of one of the characters on "Missing" and of the "Psychic Detectives" show on CourtTV.
I just heard about this show, and the premise sounds great. I will definitely try to check it out. :)
What was that show that was on a few years back with the group of folks who each had some kind of paranormal gift? They met weekly to try to figure out paranormal situations. There was a young girl who was the main character and then an older black man and a professorish looking man and a few others. I enjoyed it, but it didn't last but maybe one season.
I'm going to watch; I think it sounds interesting.
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