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By Dave Owen, May 2006

Medium (www.nbc.com/Medium ) is a television series starring Patricia Arquette as Allison DuBois, a psychic who works for the Glendale, Arizona police department. Each week Allison investigates and solves a new crime using her psychic abilities.

The show is produced by Picturemaker Productions, Inc. in association with Grammnet Productions and Paramount Network Television. Executive producers are Glenn Gordon Caron and Kelsey Grammer.

The show is watchable if somewhat meandering and downbeat. Allison spends a lot of time frowning and speaking in a low, pained voice which becomes a little irritating.

The second season episode "Still Life" included segments shot in 3D, which required the viewer to wear anaglyphic (red/blue) viewing glasses. The 3D effect was poor and made repeated use of the same footage, but the addition of a computer-generated Rod Sterling (of Twilight Zone fame) was interesting. The visual was quite convincing (the voice was provided by an impressionist).

The Real Allison DuBois

Much has been made of the notion that the series is based on the life of a real-world medium by the same name, Allison DuBois. However claims that Allison ever assisted the police have been discredited. Spokespeople for the Texas Rangers and Arizona police department have categorically denied ever using Allison DuBois. See the Bio of Allison DuBois for more information.

Until early 2006 the official NBC Medium website carried the following description of Allison DuBois:

"Dubois has consulted on a variety of murders or missing persons cases while working with various law enforcement agencies including the Glendale Arizona Police Department, the Texas Rangers, and a County Attorney’s Office in the Homicide Bureau."
Source: http://www.nbc.com/Medium/bios/Allison_DuBois.shtml

This description has since been changed to:

"...research medium Allison DuBois"
Source: http://www.nbc.com/Medium/bios/Allison_DuBois.shtml

It appears that the real Allison DuBois does not have the track record initially claimed by the television show.