Medium is planning one of the more amusing Halloween episodes we've come across, a TV mash-up with Night of the Living Dead. The episode is (also amusingly) called "Bite Me" and runs Friday, Oct. 30, at 9 p.m.
"We literally insert Allison into the 1968 George Romero movie Night of the Living Dead," said Medium creator and executive producer Glenn Gordon Caron. Of course, there's also a mystery to be solved in her waking world, involving a missing funeral director.
Caron said the idea of putting a character from one of his series into an old movie has been kicking around for 20 years. "Actually I was going to do it on Moonlighting years ago. We were going to do it with an AIP movie. I think it was Godzilla vs. Mothra." (Now, that's an episode we would have watched!)
With Medium six seasons in, he finally handed the idea off to executive producers Robert Doherty and Craig Sweeny, who co-wrote the episode, said Doherty.
"Craig and I thought it sounded like a fun idea, but we had to find the right film," said Doherty. "We did a search for public-domain films and realized that Night of the Living Dead was public domain. It was really amazing and perfect. Craig and I are huge zombie movie fans. ... We also thought it was perfect for a Halloween episode."
To provide some sense of jeopardy for the dream, the writers decided to do something they haven't done before on Medium, where Allison begins to suffer real physical damage from her adventures into the world of black and white. "You have to be as worried about Allison as you would be if this were her waking life. So a zombie bite in the dream will follow her out into her waking life."
Other than just having some fun, they hope it will bring a bigger audience to the show, which recently moved to CBS. "If you are a Night of the Living Dead fan, you may want to tune in and watch what we do with it," Doherty said. "And vice versa—I think Medium fans will really enjoy it. You don't have to have seen the Night of the Living Dead to understand our story and our episode, but it doesn't hurt."