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Medium Season 7 Allison DuBois (Patricia Arquette) Smash NBC CBS Show Axed!
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The big question for fans of the hit TV show Medium, when season 6 finished in the US, was would there be a Season 7 of the popular NBC / CBS TV show, starring Patricia Arquette?
The good news was a new 22 episode season 7 of Medium began in September 2010 in the US. Sadly, Bad News followed in the form of a message to MEDIUM fans from series creator Glenn Gordon Caron:
"It's true. Allison Dubois will dream her last dream on "Medium", Friday, January 21st 2011 in what we believe will be a series defining episode, Allison and her family will stare destiny in the eye. And destiny will not blink."
In other words CBS are pulling the plug mid season!
Final Episode on CBS: Me Without You
The finale episode on January 21 2011 met with approval from most Medium fans. Allison, who loses her husband Joe in a plane accident, has become an attorney. She then realizes that Joe may still be alive in Mexico, suffering from amnesia.
However, this turns out to be just a dream and Joe finally appears to tell her that he really is dead. Allison happily lives to a ripe old age and finally meets Joe on the other side.
Why did CBS pull the plug? They are rumoured to be uncomfortable with the planned change to more steamy and erotic story lines as the season progressed. Insiders at CBS also whisper about a possible switch to a new production company in Canada with a format that appeals more to European and South American audiences.
What next for Medium Fans?
So for Medium fans, as far as CBS goes, all that left now is the Season 7 Medium DVD and no doubt the whole Seven Seasons Medium Delux boxed set.
For those of you who don’t know, In the TV show Medium, Patricia Arquette plays Allison DuBois, a para-legal secretary to the local DA in Arizona. Allison, based on a real life person of the same name, helps the DA and the police department solve crimes using her psychic powers.
Had the show been allowed to run its course or if production moves to Canada then Alison will kick off the 2nd half of the season with poor, long-suffering husband Joe shaken from his slumber with a nightmare tale of gory toilet cubicles and dead prostitutes.
But Surely Joe is Dead?
No just another of Allison's bad dreams. Later the same week Allison guides her boss, DA Manuel Devalos and the police department to a gruesome desert grave and a blood splattered hideaway.
No significant changes in the plotlines so far then. It is amazing just how many gruesome slayings there are in Arizona and how Alison's dream-fuelled crime prevention efforts are so successful.
The next episode begins with Allison and Joe in bed, as usual. They spend a lot of time in bed. I guess Ms Arquette arrives on set each day in her hideous pyjamas. Her husband Joe also wears bad pyjamas. It’s a shame because they are a really good looking couple.
If the nightmare nightwear isn’t bad enough, Patricia wears a special, reinforced flattening bra to hide her fabulous breasts from the cameras.
Even when it appears that she and Joe might be getting it on, the pajamas (and bra) remain on and the camera withdraws before we can see anything remotely romantic.
Dreams of a Slaying in the Abattoir
Anyway tonight they sleep fitfully until 1.30 am when Allison wakes suddenly having dreamt about a young school teacher being butchered in an abattoir by a man named Frank.
The Arizona dawn finds Allison, tired and washed out as usual and preoccupied by her latest nightmares.
In the local mall, she bumps into an old college friend she hasn’t seen for over 10 years. The upshot is they grab a coffee together and catch up on old times.
“Alison you look kinda stressed and tired, what's wrong?” enquired Pam.
“You know that weird psychic gift thing I had at school? Well now I’m a Para-legal with the DA and I dream about slayings and solve crimes using my powers as a medium.”
“Sounds really cool. Does it pay well?”
“Not really. I don’t sleep too good either.”
“Well you sure are helping the DA with crime prevention. Anyway, I might be able to help,” said Pam, “I’m a Cognitive Behavioural Therapist and, as an old friend, I’ll be happy to give you some free CBT sessions. We can talk through your hang ups and help you to overcome your anxieties so you can sleep better.”
The DA's Office
The scene cuts to Allison, the next day, with the DA, Manuel Devalos in his office.
“You know, my career was dying on its feet,” recalled Manuel, “until you came along. Now I have friends in high places across the continent. Do you remember the 67 slayings perpetrated by that serial killer, 'the Butcher of Queen’s' in New York City? And what about your dream about the bearded guy in a hole in the desert?"
“Saddam Hussein?” queried Allison, her thoughts obviously elsewhere.
“Yeh that’s the guy. So now I’m the toast of Langley. The CIA love me.”
Allison seems preoccupied. She wears her trademark quizzical look “But why did you hire me? You didn’t know about my gifting then.”
“Two good reasons,” said Manuel brightly, staring at her chest.” He flushed suddenly, turned away, and then added unconvincingly, "You were very presentable at the interview. And kind of perky and smart too."
But am I a good Para-legal? Allison asked, anxiously.
“Remind me, what is a Para-legal?” Enquired Manuel.
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In Bed with Joe Again
A month later and Allison is in bed with Joe as usual but this time Allison is animated, her eager eyes sparkle with excitement, like those of a young puppy.
“So you see Joe, the whole nightmare/psychic thing is about adolescence and the sudden and dramatic development of large breasts.
My therapist friend Pam showed me that I’m repressed. If I just fully acknowledge my womanly figure we’ll both get a good night’s sleep.”
The other issue is that our bed is a place of trama for both of us. I have blood-soaked nightmares every night and you get woken up and have me recounting the dreams. So neither of us get a good nights sleep. What we both need to do is add some positive activity to the bed experience.
“You mean like reading a book or playing a board game?” enquired Joe.
“No, no Joe. Better than a book or a game. We go European. We walk around naked and sleep naked. I needn’t be repressed anymore.”
Joe shakes his head a little because he has forgotten what his wife's breasts look like. Allison suddenly pulls her hideous 'old-man' nightie over her head and then begins to release the exposed heavy duty bra. Finally, she tosses her underwear into the furthest corner of the bedroom.
“There. What do you think Joe?” she asks
breathlessly, tossing her blond hair from side to side.”
“I’m convinced,” says Joe, without any hesitation. “I’m not sure what CBS will make of it though,” he mutters as he takes his wife hungrily in his arms.
“That was fantastic,” said
Allison, still naked. I got a fabulous
nights sleep except for when you kept waking me up.
You were very demanding last night, you know. Anyway, those disturbing dreams seem to have gone”
“But won’t that stop you
doing your job?” Asked Joe, also naked.
“No. remember that that I’m a fully qualified Para-legal. The DA didn’t hire me just because of my amazing paranormal gifts.”
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Back at the DA's Office
The DA’s Office, a month later. Manuel looks tired and anxious. Allison DuBois has a new found smugness about her.
“Allison don’t you have anything for me? A dream of a shooting maybe, even a bank holdup or an arson attack? What about a plot in the planning stage? Crime prevention would be better than nothing.
Or what about that other Arab guy they think may be holed up in Afghanistan or Pakistan?”
“Oh you mean Osama bin Laden? I think he may be in Pakistan in a big mansion. I see pet rabbits and high walls. He watches himself on TV a lot. Anyway the CIA are on to him. " She checks her watch.
“Give me a break Alison. I need a map reference at least. My poll ratings are falling like a stone and the election is in two weeks.”
“Look Manuel, I don't do that bad dream stuff any more. I just get a good night's sleep. Well once Joe has finished with me." She blushes and smiles to herself before continuing. "Anyway, I have to go now. Joe is waiting for me. He has something from Victoria’s Secret for me to try on.”
Allison grins sweetly to herself, a cat that got the cream smile, and, anticipating another torrid encounter with Joe, walks briskly from the office and heads for the parking lot.
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The next morning Allison wakes with a smile on her face. She rouses Joe with a sharp prod.
“Hey I actually had a dream last night!”
“Oh no, not that again?”
“No not one of those 'slasher movie' dreams. This was a silly, normal dream."
"So get this, in the dream NBC had a TV show about us which runs successfully for 5 seasons. In series 6 NBC drop us but CBS takes it over. Then in season 7 CBS drop us mid season.
The final episode has you dying in a plane crash, and me becoming an attorney. The good news is we meet up again on the other side. The original story line, before the CBS axe fell, was I would start sleeping naked and then loose my psychic powers."
"Like in real life? So why did they axe the show? Was it because of the nudity and our passionate love making?"
"Yes that plus the lack of any violence. They declared It was no longer suitable for US TV. The good news was the show moved to a niche Indie production company in Canada. They distributed it very successfully to HBO, the BBC and networks across Europe and South America and we get a Season 8 plus 'Medium the Movie'. Isn’t that the weirdest dream?"
"Great dream Honey. Hey Alison, don’t forget to put some clothes on before you go to work!"
"Yeh, that would give my new boss a real shock!"
"Shame poor Manuel lost the election but there you go. Canada here we come!"