The show, created by Glen Gordon-Caron is pretty much always great. I can't remember seeing an episode that wasn't top notch.
I was disappointed when I learned the show, originally scheduled to return in the fall, was pushed back to January to make room for a new slew of NBC programs. Well, guess what? Yep, many of them hardly made a mark, and most have long been forgotten.
So NBC decided to push up the airing of Medium, and I'm a happy camper for that. Though I'll have to do my best to remember the show is now on Wednesday evenings instead of the more familiar Mondays.
The season opener was a two hour mystery that was as good as any they've done. But the wonderful twist this time was the addition of a ghost who dated Allison (Arquette) back in High School. And that ghost was none other than Tom Jane, Arquette's real life husband.
I first saw Jane in Boogy Nights, but he really captured my attention in the Indie film The Velocity of Gary. The story of an adult film star and how he deals with being diagnosed as HIV positive was a great vehicle for Jane and I'm sure that film, in particular, set him on a lot of people's radar.
His other films include a variety of independent and larger budgeted films that have garnered a lot of publicity, if not recognition for Jane. Which has me adding him to my list of Why Aren't They Stars?
From The Last Time I Committed Suicide, to The Thin Red Line, and from Magnolia to Deep Blue Sea his films have always made some sort of impact.
One film of note is Stander, set in apartheid era South Africa, Thomas Jane stars as Andre Stander, a police officer who suffers a crises of conscience and begins a new career as a bank robber.
In each film Thomas Jane disappears in which ever role he takes. Whether it's the cop turned bank robber, or the Army private, whether it's the superhero in The Punisher to an old boyfriend in Medium.
He has the ability to blend so well, that I think sometimes he's not noticed. And by not noticed I don't mean he's forgettable, quite the opposite, I think audiences may leave the theater thinking, "wow, that one guy was good" but never realizing that "that one guy" may have been the same guy in a few of their favorite movies.
So I hope Thomas Jane gets more recognition and attention; he's fun to watch, he's terrific and a versitile actor, and he certainly deserves it.