Talking Comic Con and TV with 'Medium' Inspiration Allison DuBois
Talking Comic Con and TV with 'Medium' Inspiration Allison DuBois
Laurel Brown
Laurel Brown
Senior Writer, BuddyTV
We're only one week away from Comic Con! Are you ready? Excited?

In our continuing effort to make sure that you are both ready and excited for the insanity that is the 2011 San Diego Comic Con, we now have the third in our series of interviews with our BuddyTV Comic Con panelists. The panel, called "Obsession: How TV and Movies Go from Fascination to Phenomenon," features a diverse group of people associated with some of the most popular programming of recent years.

This interview is with Allison DuBois, the real-life inspiration for the character of the same name in the TV show, Medium.


Have you been to Comic Con before?
Allison DuBois: A few times. I love going to Comic Con -- I've been on a few panels there.


For this year, what are you looking forward to the most and what are you planning on doing?
Allison DuBois: I'm bringing the kids, and I just released my fourth book, so I'm doing a book signing for Talk to Me -- it's the title of the book. My kids are excited because they each wrote a paragraph in the book, so they're being labeled as co-authors. That's their status while we're there. They're pretty happy about that.

Aside from that, I just like seeing people that are very individual, from different walks of life, come together, so Comic Con always feels kind of right to me. And I also have friends on panels there, so it's fun to see them too.


When Medium was on the air and in production, how much interaction did you have with the show?
Allison DuBois: You know, in the first few seasons, it was a little bit more regular. After that, I mean, there was like 22 episodes a season. I can only work so many cases and have an interesting enough life. So you know. The family dynamics [in Medium] is my family. Joe is an aerospace engineer. I have three daughters, inherited my abilities. You know, the basis of the show, and what it centered around, was always accurate. It just sometimes, Glenn Caron, who was our creator, would take certain licenses. But you know, I think he was good to the family.

The final episode shook me a little bit, just because nobody likes to see somebody in their family die. It was a little bit like, "Really?" I think women around the world's hearts broke when that episode aired.

It really does affect our family, you know: the episodes and having to answer for certain things that you see, but I think they did a really good job depicting what it is like to see the other side and interact with them. So it was well done.


How did being associated with a successful television show affect your life -- professionally and personally?
Allison DuBois: Well, we ran for seven years, so it was a very successful show. So it did affect me, because it was airing worldwide. I mean, I'd go to Australia and be recognized for interviews I did in Japan. It was mindblowing.

It affected our lives, especially because it's my name. So my name is really recognizable, and if people don't recognize my face, they see the name and they know. You need a little more security. Any public figure seems to draw stalkers, you know, that goes with the territory. And because people feel like they know you when you're on TV and when you write books, and they feel very familiar with you. That can be a good thing, or it can be a little frightening sometimes.

I guess that was the biggest way that it affected us and our kids in school. The schools were pretty good about it, but, you know, it still made it dicey. It made me worry even more than a typical mom would worry about their kids, just because they were public figures.


What are you working on now?
Allison DuBois: The book's really what I'm putting my energy in right now. It's the first book I've released in three years. I needed to live more to have something to write about, and I really felt like I needed to be inspired in order to write it. I'm really proud of Talk to Me, and my focus is just getting... We're doing Kindle, iTunes, the audio book we've already done in the studio. So right now that's really my focus and setting up book signings and all that good stuff that goes along with it.

TV-wise, I've been approached obviously, and I've done a couple pilots and found the body and found a killer and all that good stuff. Sometimes, that's not enough and that's OK, but, at the end of the day, I love TV, but I don't have to be on it! That's just fine by me.

I love writing and touring. I'm touring Ireland and Scotland in October with my events. I do the ballroom events, where I work some murders and bring people who have passed for audience members. We're touring Australia twice this year, and then obviously the US, my home base that I'm always touring. I have a busy tour schedule, as well as writing.

And then I'm kind of the "Dear Abby" for New Idea magazine, which is an Australian women's magazine. That keeps me busy too. So I write a weekly article for them.

And I just started my fifth book, so I'm just keeping busy. And I do a lot of charity work. That takes up a little bit of time too.


Assuming you have any time for them, are there any TV shows that you are obsessed with? What do you look for in TV shows?
Allison DuBois: You know, it's kind of funny. Because what I do is so intense, I like to watch kind of mindless television. I love like, Operation Repo, where they repossess the vehicles, Parking Wars, just that sort of a show.

As far as the scripted shows, there's not as many anymore. Most of them are cop shows, and my friends are cops so I don't really need to watch it on TV. I think one of the best scripted ones on TV is... they play the FBI and they go in and they profile the killers?

Criminal Minds?
Allison DuBois: Criminal Minds! That's an amazing show. I used to love Cold Case, the scripted cold-case show, but they took that off the air, so that one really bummed me out, because I totally dug that show. But when I was younger, it was more like things like Fantasy Island and The Love Boat. TV has changed, you know?


Are you a fan of comic books, and do you have any favorites?
Allison DuBois: When I was a kid, obviously, I'd have like MAD Magazine. I'd watch Wonder Woman, because I'm that old that Wonder Woman was on TV, with Lynda Carter, and I loved Wonder Woman. I mean, what kid didn't love dressing up like her? And the Hulk, The Incredible Hulk. All those superhero shows back in the '70s were amazing, and I think it made us all want to... all of the people that felt misunderstood and individual could really relate to it. I think that's why the superhero movies that are coming out now, so many people go to it because they haven't had anything to relate to in awhile.

I think that's why **Medium did so well too, because it drew people who were judged and who weren't understood for who they are and what they did and their belief system. So that's why it had such a big following.


Who was your favorite superhero growing up, and has that changed now?
Allison DuBois: Oh my gosh... umm... For sure, for me it was just Wonder Woman. I used to dress up, I think I was her for Halloween one year. She was my favorite.

There's not a lot of new superheroes, which is why I think shows like ours did so well, because it gives people kind of an idol to look at.

As of now, the people that I look up to the most are a lot of people like DAs who kind of forfeit their lives to put bad guys in jail so they can't hurt children. To me, the real heroes out there are the ones people don't see. You know, the ones who just kind of go through the daily process of putting killers on Death Row or putting them away and not asking for gratitude or a bigger paycheck, but they do it because it's the right thing to do. I think those are the real heroes out there. And obviously our soldiers who sacrifice so much. I think we have a lot of heroes around us right now that probably should be acknowledged more so than some of the make-believe ones that are based on the characteristics of real people that do heroic work.


We will be publishing interviews with our "Obsessions" panelists over the next several days, leading up to San Diego. Come back to hear what they have to say, and check out our Comic Con Top Picks in the meantime!

Click here to read our interview with Amy Berg of Eureka and Leverage.
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