Television: Spirits of the Age

Sensing a yen for the offbeat and spooky, the networks are trading normal for paranormal

Most people who come to Allison DuBois are trying to reach the souls of the dead. Paramount Television came to her to find living viewers. DuBois, a Phoenix, Ariz., psychic who lends her services to crime investigations, had earlier worked with Paramount on an unsuccessful reality pilot, Oracles, in which a panel of five seers gave readings to a studio audience. In 2003, the company asked if it could base a drama series on her, to be overseen by Glenn Gordon Caron of Moonlighting fame. The creator of a romantic private-eye series may not have seemed the natural choice to produce...

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