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On Being Almost Famous in Kansas City
2005.10.04 (Tue) 00:25
We were contacted last week by Aaron Barnhart from the entertainment beat of the Kansas City Star. He had come across our series on Allison DuBois, and wanted to cite us in an upcoming article. After reading some of Aaron's other articles, we liked what we saw, and we happily agreed, giving him our first names for his citation.
His article was published today and read, in part:
Last winter, when "Medium" premiered, the network told us that Allison DuBois, an Arizona psychic who claims to have assisted law enforcement in solving crimes, was the inspiration for Allison DuBois, the Arizona psychic played by the voluptuous Patricia Arquette on "Medium," who week in and week out helps law enforcement solve crimes.
However, a quick search for evidence to back up even the simplest claims about DuBois' supernatural sleuthing powers came up empty. In the pilot, Arliss Howard plays a Texas Ranger who can't locate a missing person until Allison shows up. The show's producers claimed that was loosely based on a real-life episode involving DuBois and Texas Rangers.
Yet the Texas Rangers have denied working with her or any medium. DuBois, in response, told the L.A. Times, "Some reporters are shocked that the Texas Rangers won't go on record," then added, "I could bring five agencies forward who'd say, 'Yeah, we use her. She was great.' "
Actually, one testimonial would've been fine by me. But as the Web site TwoPercentCompany.com pointed out, NBC.com took all the specific claims off its "Medium" page in March, after some reporters got over their shock at the Texas Rangers' denials and called NBC seeking verification.
Did you see it? Right there in the last paragraph is a citation that is almost, but not quite, our domain name! So close, and yet so far. Hey, we appreciate the thought. Of course, now we have to buy another domain name....
Our slightly bruised egos aside, we have to say that we like Aaron's article. As he says, once you see past NBC's "little white lie" about Medium being based on a true story, the show itself isn't half bad (since we don't watch it, we'll take Aaron's word for that). He is also less than impressed by Allison's dismissive answers about proving her claims. As we said in our Allison DuBois Week posts, it's very easy to make wild claims, and much more difficult to back them up. Despite Allison's persistence in making fantastic claims, it is important to remember that, to date, she has provided evidence for exactly none of them.
Anyway, check out Aaron's articles for a funny and intelligent take on the state of television. We don't watch the tube all that much, but from what we do know, he's right on.
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