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CBS cancels Patricia Arquette crime drama 'Medium'

November 18, 2010 |  3:32 pm


Did Allison Dubois see this one coming?

After seven seasons, two networks and more than 125 episodes, CBS has finally pulled the plug on "Medium," the crime drama about suburban mom Dubois (Patricia Arquette) who helps solve mysteries with her psychic gifts.

On a Facebook message posted Thursday, series creator Glenn Gordon Caron wrote: "It's true. Allison Dubois will dream her last dream on 'Medium,' Friday, January 21st."

He added an ominous-sounding plug for the finale: "In what we believe will be a series defining episode, Allison and her family will stare destiny in the eye. And destiny will not blink."

A CBS spokesman confirmed that Caron's posts were accurate but declined to elaborate.

The news hardly came as a shock. Entertainment Weekly reported earlier this week that Arquette had said the show was canceled, although the network had not confirmed that.

"Medium" has had a fairly tumultuous scheduling and production history, with five different time slots on two networks. NBC premiered the series, where it was initially a strong performer on Mondays. But ratings began slipping during Season 2. When NBC axed the show in May 2009, CBS immediately picked it up for its Friday night lineup, where last year it averaged 9.1 million viewers at 9 p.m., according to the Nielsen Co. But this year, at 8 p.m., ratings have sunk to 7.3 million viewers.

-- Scott Collins

Photo: Patricia Arquette in "Medium." Credit: Danny Feld / CBS/CBS Television Studios