Note from Beth: We have a special "guest star" for today's TV Cocktail! The creator of Medium, Glenn Godon Caron, is joining in on our fun by giving us a little run-down of what it took to put last night's third season premiere of Medium together -- that's him second from the right at the premiere party. Enjoy....
I’m often asked where the ideas for episodes of Medium come from.
While many episodes are derived from or suggested by experiences that the real Allison Dubois has had, a large number also spring purely from the imaginations of writers. This year’s season premiere, “Four Dreams” is an example of that. I had long harbored the idea of doing an episode that used classic animation as the visual grammar for Allison’s dreams. I mentioned this in one of our earliest writer’s meetings this season and Javier Grillo-Marxuach, an excellent writer who joined us this year from Lost, rather fearlessly went off after having only been with us several days and crafted a framework for a story.
At the exact same moment, Rene Echevarria who executive produces Medium with me, mentioned how surprised he was at the audience reaction to a museum screening of “Too Close To Call”, an episode he had written for Season 2. In it, an old girlfriend of Joe’s contacts him in hopes of winning a job and perhaps rekindling their old love affair. Rene was convinced that there was a great story if an old love of Allison’s -- perhaps a dead old love of Allison’s -- were to suddenly to appear on her doorstep.
One of the ideas I had been developing by myself was an episode built around multiple dreams, which we would use to explore some of our supporting characters like District Attorney Devalos and Detective Scanlon.
It was at around this time that Kevin Reilly from NBC contacted me to tell me that we would not be returning in September to our old familiar time slot and to ask if there was something special we could do, so that when we did return to the schedule it would be with a bang. It was in this meeting that the idea for a two hour premiere was born, marrying Javier’s cartoon script with my idea for multiple dreams and Rene’s conviction that there was a great story in the appearance of one of Allison’s past loves on her doorstep at the moment of his death.
I hope you enjoyed “Four Dreams”. I believe it is one of our most ambitious and emotional episodes to date.