TV tonight: ‘Long Island Medium’ season four premieres on TLC
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WASHINGTON, May 12, 2013 — “Long Island Medium” follows the life of psychic-medium Theresa Caputo as she conducts readings with both believers and skeptics. Critics are quick to dismiss Caputo as a fake, but season three of the show averaged just under three million viewers an episode, making it one of The Learning Channel’s most successful reality programs. Apparently not everyone dismisses her as a charlatan.
In addition to random and scheduled readings, each episode of “Long Island Medium” usually features a little family drama that reminds us Caputo’s life isn’t that different from ours. Her family may tire of Caputo’s constant chatter with the dead, but they never waiver in their support.
Whether she is fake or not, the real treasure of the show is Caputo’s energetic and uplifting demeanor. She comes across as genuine and caring in such a way that we want to believe her gift is real. Since Caputo allegedly decided a long time ago not to give angry spirits a voice, her message to the people she reads is almost always positive.
“Long Island Medium” blurs the line between contrived TV drama and real life, but what reality show doesn’t these days? What counts is her ability to ease the minds of the loved ones left behind.
In loss people struggle to find answers that will comfort them in their grief. Regardless of our backgrounds, we all have that in common. If Caputo can give any of us that, whether it’s manufactured or not, it has real value.
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