Little-heralded ‘Medium’ gives NBC a boost in the ratings


mainPatricia Arquette has gotten accustomed to the comments from fans who don’t seem to know that she’s still on television.

“I definitely have people every day grab me on the street saying, ‘When is your show coming back, why did they cancel it?’ ” said Arquette, who stars in “Medium,” NBC’s drama about a psychic who helps solve crimes while juggling the quotidian challenges of middle-class family life.

In fact, “Medium” returned to the air this month for its fifth season, which finds Arquette’s character, Allison DuBois, back assisting the Phoenix district attorney’s office, the fallout from her public exposure now largely subsided. The return of the series wasn’t accompanied by the fanfare of other mid-season premieres like “American Idol” or “Lost.” But the under-the-radar drama continues to draw a loyal fan base that gravitates to the program’s cleverly packed mysteries and unsentimental depiction of a marriage.

In its first three episodes this year, “Medium” averaged 8.5 million viewers, making it NBC’s sixth-most-watched scripted series of the season. The show has attracted 45% more viewers than NBC’s earlier 10 p.m. Monday programming, which included “My Own Worst Enemy” and “Momma’s Boys.”

It’s a solid performance for a drama that does not get a huge marketing boost or generate much chatter in the zeitgeist.
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Books, cameras … and ghosts?


173820After hours, the usually quiet Books ‘N’ More was a hubbub of activity during a recent Saturday night. Six OOPS (Ohio Organization of Paranormal Studies) were busy setting up digital voice recorders, infrared camcorders, magnetic meters and heat recorders for the evening’s investigation of “things that go bump in the night.”

This was one of several investigations of the paranormal scheduled for Wilmington this year. The owners, Dan and Marla Stewart, were contacted by OOPS with a request to investigate the 98-year-old building.

Among the investigators were Steven Powell, Tom Babb, Vickie Morgan, all of Wilmington; Jennifer Swackhamer of Hillsboro; and Andrea Tidd of Jamestown.

Hoping for some evidence of the paranormal, OOPS conducted a 13-hour investigation. Several incidents were recorded and all of the results of the investigation will be posted on the group’s Web site,, in couple of weeks.

Powell is OOPS founder.

“Do I believe in ghosts? Most definitions of ‘ghost’ refer to a spirit or soul of man, something in which I most definitely believe,” he said. “Secondary definitions mention a disembodied soul or spirit of the deceased manifesting itself in a human-like form, something I would like to see, photograph, or videotape.

“To date, as a member of OOPS, I have videotaped an unknown light source that has motion, recorded disembodied voices that speak clearly in complete sentences, and have videotaped an inanimate object moving on its own,” he said. “Without concrete proof, none of these experiences qualify as being a ‘ghost’ so I cannot say that I have seen one, but neither can I say that there is no such thing as a ‘ghost’ without the same concrete evidence. So I guess I am open to the distinct possibility of the existence of ‘ghosts.’”

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Hilary Duff Talks “Ghost Whisperer”


Hilary Duff Shopping At Whole FoodsSituated back out on the west coast following her trip to New York City for Fashion Week, Hilary Duff was spotted taking care of her shopping needs in Studio City on Friday morning (February 20).

The former “Lizzie McGuire” starlet dropped by her local Whole Foods, looking ever-so-stylish as she pushed out her cartful of goodies while chatting on the phone.

Meanwhile, Miss Duff recently sat down to talk about her upcoming guest role on “Ghost Whisperer”, telling press, “Jennifer Love Hewitt’s one of my friends, and we were having dinner one night. She’s like, ‘Come be on my show. You know, we’re almost finished.’ I’m like, ‘Give me a part. I’ll do it.’ And it just kind of came about really naturally and organically like that.”

Talking about her character, she adds, “I’m kind of being haunted by someone that I was in a relationship with before they passed away. He had unfinished business with me, and I’m having nightmares of being turned upside down in my apartment, like when I’m sleeping on the bed, I’m actually going to be hanging from the ceiling.”

Be sure to tune in to CBS, with Hilary’s episode of “Ghost Whisperer” airing on Friday, April 9 at 9 p.m.