I’ll be frank: I’m pissed that NBC canceled “Medium.” In recent days, it had come to look as though it was virtually a lock for the series to return for a sixth season, but then the money talks began, and suddenly that certainty began to waver. In the end, the people at the Peacock wanted to cut the budget and drop the episode order, and when the studio – CBS TV – balked at the request, NBC took a pass and killed the series.
But as fans of Alison Dubois know, there’s dead, and then there’s dead.
Over at TV Series Finale, they’ve been discussing the matter, and given which studio produces “Medium,” the following bit of text will probably not be all that surprising to read:
There is a strong possibility that “Medium” could move to CBS next season. The show’s already in syndication and the studio would reap big benefits by producing new episodes.
One possible scenario has “Medium” being placed on CBS’ Friday night schedule, sandwiched between compatible “Ghost Whisperer” and “Numb3rs.” What do you think of that schedule?
You heard the man’s question: what do you think of that schedule? I have to tell you that, were I given the choice of “Dollhouse” or “Medium,” I’d go with the latter…and my suspicion is that I’m not the only one. I’m a Joss Whedon fan and have been for many a year, but “Medium” has been keeping me consistently creeped out for five years now, and I’m not about to give up on it now.
UPDATE: Over at the L.A. Times blogs, there’s a quote from CBS Television Studios which reveals just how annoyed they are about NBC’s decision not to renew the series:
“NBC’s cancellation of ‘Medium’ is inexplicable to us. The ratings don’t lie. ‘Medium’ outperforms many of NBC’s renewed shows. Despite inconsistent scheduling, ‘Medium,’ under the creative vision of Glenn Gordon Caron, one of the most preeminent producers in television, has always performed with distinction both creatively and commercially. Multiple-award-winning actress Patricia Arquette and the cast have delivered a stellar series for five consistent seasons. The awards and ratings speak for themselves. We believe the show has a significant future and await developments.”
Yikes. And, yet, the tone of the quote is one which shows that, at the very least, the studio has no intention of giving up the show without a fight. Fingers crossed that their affiliated network has the same enthusiasm.