Medium (The Truth Behind Medium) - Real-life psychic Allison
DuBois talks about the show and Patricia Arquette, who stars as her.
The real challenge is convincing Devalos —
and other doubters in the criminal justice system — that her psychic
abilities can give them the upper hand when it comes to solving crimes.
Information comes to her in dreams or in cryptic visions that sometimes
do not mean what they initially suggest.
|Medium is an American supernatural and dramatic television series that premiered on NBC on January 3rd, 2005.
lead character is Allison DuBois (Patricia Arquette), a medium who
works as a consultant for the Phoenix, Arizona district attorney's
Allison and husband Joe (Jake Weber) are the
parents of three daughters, all of whom inherited Allison's gift. The
show was initially based on the experiences of medium Allison DuBois,
who claims she has worked with law enforcement agencies across the
country in criminal investigations.
Medium was created by Glenn
Gordon Caron and is produced by Picturemaker Productions and Grammnet
Productions in association with CBS Television Studios, originally known
as Paramount Television and CBS Paramount Television.
series aired on NBC during its first five seasons before switching to
CBS, whose production division produces the show beginning with the
Season seven premiered on September 24th, 2010. On
October 26th, 2010, CBS ordered the seventh season cut from 22 to 13
episodes. Both Patricia Arquette and Glenn Gordon Caron have since
stated that the show has been canceled, although CBS has not confirmed
Allison DuBois (Patricia Arquette), a mother of
three, has the gift of being able to talk to dead people, as well as
foresee events and witness past events in her dreams.
When she begins
working for Phoenix District Attorney Manuel Devalos (Miguel Sandoval)
as an intern, she has a dream related to a murder in Texas, the
successful solving of which convinces Devalos and others working in the
D.A.'s office – as well as herself and her husband Joe (Jake Weber) –
that her gift is real.
Allison Dubois works in the Phoenix District Attorney's office. She uses
her psychic abilities to help crack criminal cases. Her dreams often
give her clues to the whereabouts of missing people, and by touching
someone she often gets to see beneath the facade into the person's soul.
Allison juggles this stressful job with her role as wife and mother of
three children, including a daughter who seems to be developing similar
investigations, Allison often accompanies Det. Lee Scanlon (David
Cubitt), who initially did not believe in her gift. Allison sometimes
bends the rules when she is determined to stop a crime about which she
has had a vision.
Additionally, Allison has helped and been
helped by Captain Kenneth Push of the Texas Rangers (Arliss Howard), the
first law-enforcement person to whom Allison revealed her gift, and
Cynthia Keener (Anjelica Huston) of AmeriTips, a nationwide private
In season four, it was revealed that Cynthia had a missing daughter. Allison's dreams showed that Cynthia's daughter was dead. Cynthia made a choice to kill the murderer of her daughter and go to prison.
Cynthia later appeared in season five to help Allison on a case. Also during this season, it was revealed that Lynn DiNovi (Tina DiJoseph), Lee's live-in lover and an assistant to the Mayor of Phoenix, had become pregnant with Lee's child.
In the season five finale, Allison discovers that she has a tumor on her brainstem. To prevent the brutal murders of her family in the future, Allison risked her life as she postponed the critical surgery fearing it would prevent her from solving the case.
During her operation the tumor was successfully removed, except for a small piece deeply imbedded in her brainstem, Joe is told that Allison is in a coma and may not survive. In the sixth season premiere episode, Allison awoke from the coma and was suffering the consequences of postponing the surgery. Allison's psychic abilities slowly begin to resurface as a form of déjà vu.
At the end of the episode, Allison is also slowly recovering her physical abilities.Since the season six premiere, eldest daughter Ariel (Sofia Vassilieva) has taken the role of nurturing her siblings Bridgette (Maria Lark) and Marie (Carabello twins).
Ariel also falls victim to a body possession, from which she recovers with Allison's help. After her surgery, Allison gets back to her normal routine working alongside Devalos and Lee, with possible side effects of her surgery affecting her dreams.
Also, Lee proposes to Lynn. As the season progresses, Ariel's transformation from a young girl into a mature woman was shown in the episode "Time Keeps on Slippin'", where she solves a crime in the future.
In the season finale, Allison receives a letter from her neurologist that she needs to be seen about her brain tumor. Meanwhile, Ariel also receives an acceptance letter from a university away from home.
The episode begins when Joe awakens to Allison dead in their bed, having died from her tumor during the night. As the family mourns her death, Allison contacts Ariel from the other side, asking her to do one last thing for her before she passes on. However, Ariel decides to follow her own path.
She turns to alcohol and leaves Phoenix without telling anyone. Suddenly, Allison awakens in her bed alive, the same morning Joe found her dead. At the end of the episode, Allison, Joe, Ariel, Devalos and his wife Lily, are seen celebrating Lynn and Lee's wedding, all toasting to their bright futures. Medium's seventh season premiered in September 2010.