Despite earlier reports of renewal, it was revealed this week that NBC has elected to cancel the Patricia Arquette paranormal series Medium after all. CBS, whose corporate sibling CBS Studios produces the show, is now reported to be picking it up.
Industry media is positioning the story as a feud between NBC and CBS. NBC co-chair Ben Silverman amazed everyone when he called Medium, created by Glenn Gordon Caron, “an aging franchise, without a single fan letter, with no passion.” Harsh!
“NBC’s cancellation of Medium is inexplicable to us,” CBS Studios responded in a statement. “The ratings don’t lie: Medium outperforms many of NBC’s renewed shows. We believe the show has a significant future and await developments.”
CBS Studios has reportedly convinced CBS Network to pick up the show. Of course, CBS already has a somewhat similar paranormal series, the high-rated Ghost Whisperer, after which Medium is being slotted (Fridays at 9, before Numb3rs). But savvy marketing will certainly package them as a Friday night ghost-watcher bloc, and Ghost as a lead-in should deliver a good audience to Medium.