Fans of Medium were relieved when CBS decided to pick up the show after NBC did not renew it for the fall schedule, and today, president of CBS Entertainment Nina Tassler told reporters that her network will do Medium better than its original broadcaster.
"On behalf of the studio, I don't think NBC really treated the show the way it should have been treated, where it was put on the schedule, how it was supported," Tassler said in a press conference at the Television Critics Association summer press tour in Pasadena, Calif. "To get Emmy winner Patricia Arquette on Friday night for us was a home run."
Tassler did not remember the specific chronology of when NBC let Medium go and when CBS swooped in, but she recalls proactively chasing the show. "When we did know that we had an opportunity, we jumped at it," Tassler continued. "We're thrilled with the show. I can't remember the actual chronology, but it was pretty fast."
Medium joins Ghost Whisperer on CBS Friday nights in the fall. The two shows create a supernatural block for CBS, with both Patricia Arquette and Jennifer Love Hewitt playing characters with the power to communicate with spirits of the dead. For now, that is where the similarities will end, but Tassler remained open to the possibility of crossovers in the future.
"It's never too soon [to consider]," Tassler said. "Their mythologies are different, and we haven't talked about a crossover, but it's possible. I think right now the shows have a different language. They have a different skill set, different rules, etc., but once we get the show launched and comfortable in its time period, we could certainly talk about it."
Medium premieres on CBS Sept. 25 at 9 p.m. ET/PT.