Caron, CBS Par into the future

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"Medium" creator Glenn Gordon Caron has inked a new two-year overall deal with the series producer CBS Paramount Network TV.

Under the seven-figure pact, Caron will continue as showrunner on "Medium," which returns for a fourth season in January. He also will shepherd the CBS one-hour pilot "The Meant to Be's," which is now casting, and develop new projects for the studio through his Picturemaker Prods.

" 'Medium's' success is largely due to Glenn's creative genius in his uncanny ability to create interesting stories and complex characters," CBS Par TV president David Stapf said. "Every show that he touches has an energy and style of its own; they are all very unique."

Caron, who has been at CBS Par for almost a decade (in addition to another stint there in the early 1990s), said he never looked around for a new home.

"I've been at Paramount for a while, I feel very comfortable there, and I have a tremendous kinship with David Stapf," he said.

The upcoming season of "Medium" features Oscar winner Anjelica Huston in a six-episode arc playing Cynthia Keener, an investigator for a national firm called Ameritips who strikes an unusual bargain with Allison Dubois (Patricia Arquette).

"She's quite fantastic, and I believe people will be taken with her and her role on the show," Caron said.

Additionally, Caron is looking to bring back 3-D to the show after the experiment in an episode from the second season. This time, Caron is hoping to do a full 3-D episode, contingent on a deal with an advertiser.

"Meant to Be's," which Caron wrote and is executive producing, centers on a young woman who dies, but in order to "pass over," she must return to Earth and help people improve their lives.

CBS originally greenlighted the project to pilot a year ago (HR 9/14). It was rolled over, so Caron could focus on "Medium."

Caron, who also created ABC's "Moonlighting," will receive the outstanding television writer award at the 14th annual Austin Film Festival on Saturday. He is repped by Endeavor and attorneys Skip Brittenham and Bryan Wolf.
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