NBC foresees a 'Medium' pickup


NBC's "Medium" is moving closer to a pickup for next season.

The network has ordered six additional scripts from the psychic crime drama starring Patricia Arquette.

Picking up additional scripts is considered a strong indication of a network's intention to follow up with an episodic order.

"Medium," from CBS Paramount Network TV, Grammnet Prods. and Picturemaker Prods., is in its third season.

After a hot start as a midseason entry in 2005, "Medium" has lost some of its luster after being transplanted from its original 10 p.m. Monday period. The show airs in the 10 p.m. Wednesday slot, where it ranks third but regularly builds onto its lead-in from another NBC crime drama with an uncertain future, veteran "Crossing Jordan."

It wasn't clear if a strike contingency played any role in the script order for "Medium."

NBC recently handed out an early fifth-season pickup to another drama on the bubble, "Las Vegas," in part to keep the series -- which had an early wrap date -- in production to bank episodes in case of a writers strike in the fall.