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TLC renews 'Long Island Medium'

May 1, 2012 |  1:02 pm

Long Island Medium

Viewers have decided they like Theresa Caputo, the "Long Island Medium," and TLC is giving them what they want. The reality show about the mom with the ability to speak to the dead is getting a third season.

The network has ordered 16 episodes for Season 3, set to begin in September. The show has been averaging 1.9 million viewers in its second season, up from 1.3 million viewers on average during its first season.

Caputo is a New York housewife with an outsize personality and Paula Deen-style hair who gets messages from beyond the grave all the time, including while she's in line at the local drive-through market. It seems the dead of Long Island can be as pushy as the living.

Not everyone is convinced of Caputo's supernatural gifts. Last month, respected skeptic group the James Randi Educational Foundation awarded Caputo one of its 2012 Pigasus Awards, "bestowed on the most deserving charlatans, swindlers, psychics, pseudo-scientists, and faith healers" and gave a media Pigasus to TLC for airing her show, which Randi called "utter nonsense."

But the foundation's criticism doesn't seem to be slowing Caputo down. According to TLC, the medium now has a two-year waiting list of clients who want consultations.

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Photo: Theresa Caputo, the "Long Island Medium." Credit: TLC

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