Recently finished watching the season premiere of NBC's Medium and participating in a post-episode blog chat with creator/executive producer Glenn Gordon Caron, also responsible for other personal TV favourites like Moonlighting and Now and Again. He actually answered my question about his working relationship with the broadcast network - probably because I name-checked his prior shows and revealed I only started watching the current one when I found out he was the creative force behind it ;)
Anyway, Caron wrote pretty much what I'd expect him to considering he was on the official NBC site (i.e. things are "terrific"), but I sincerely hope for both his sake and ours as viewers that the network truly appreciates what a quality series Medium is. Waiting two months into the TV season to bring it back a fairly successful drama on new night doesn't exactly smack of genius to me, especially for a ratings-challenged broadcaster - hm, wonder why they're in fourth place...
It was only as the premiere was winding down and I saw the episode title, "Four Dreams," for the first time online that I realized what it reminded me of. Yes, it bore some striking similarities to "Three Stories," not just with the multiple interweaving storylines but some of the plot elements, specifically the return of the main character's old flame, played by Patricia Arquette's real life husband, Thomas Jane.
The mystery wasn't particularly hard to solve - but then again that's not really why I watch either show - and it didn't reach the admittedly stratospheric heights of House's award-winning episode. Nonetheless, it was an enjoyable premiere that nicely developed a couple of the key secondary characters a little more - always a good thing on a series that also revolves around a single person and performance.
One aspect in which Medium excels, especially compared to the medical drama, is in its treatment of (inter)personal relationships both at home and in the workplace. I think this is where GGC's talent really shines through despite the show's paranormal premise, as it did in his other series - including one with a really unique theme, Now and Again (about an ordinary man's brain being placed upon his death into a government-created superhuman).
David Shore, on the other hand, has worked primarily on procedural dramas and, while he has a similar ability to blend serious and humourous elements, has admittedly had a tougher time dealing with romantic relationships in particular. If Medium could improve its episodic plotting, in terms of building and heightening suspense, and House could more realistically portray some characters - especially the ducklings - and how they deal with each other, I feel both shows would be the better for it.
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