‘Medium’ producer gets extension

Caron inks development deal at CBS Paramount

“Medium” creator Glenn Gordon Caron has reupped with CBS Paramount Network Television in a seven-figure overall deal that runs through May 2009.

The scribe, helmer and showrunner will continue to exec produce and run NBC drama “Medium” while also developing projects for the studio.

Already in the pipeline: “The Meant-to-Bes,” a one-hour drama with a romance angle that’s been given a pilot order by CBS. Project, which was put on hold last year so Caron could focus on “Medium,” is just beginning the casting process.

Caron wrote the pilot and is set to direct.

“He’s consistently inventive and tells compelling stories in a unique way,” CBS Par prexy David Stapf told Daily Variety. “Every time I watch ‘Medium,’ I’m amazed at how he’ll take a story as (common as) ‘a guy walks into a bar’ and tell it in an incredibly unique way.”

Caron has a long history with Par, having worked at the studio before CBS took control. He developed the short-lived cult fave “Now and Again” at the studio in 2000, then later hooked up with Par again to do “Medium.”

“It’s been an interesting experience because we’re one of the few programs CBS Paramount makes for an (outside) network,” Caron said, explaining that Stapf has been enormously helpful in navigating the production waters.

Hyphenate is keeping most details about “Meant-to-Bes” under wraps. He also has begun noodling around with a few other concepts.

“I have some other early stage development that I hope to bring to fruition in the next year,” he said.

NBC hasn’t yet announced a premiere date for the new season of “Medium,” though with a couple soft spots in the net’s sked, it’s likely the show will be back sooner rather than later. Caron said he’s hoping the skein lasts several more seasons.

“We’ve got the stories to tell,” he said.

Caron heads to Texas this weekend to receive the Austin Film Festival’s TV writer award. He’ll be honored at a luncheon Saturday, along with filmmakers John Milius and Oliver Stone.

Caron created the critical and commercial hit “Moonlighting” in 1985. That show paved the way for current drama-comedy mixes such as “Desperate Housewives.” His other TV credits include “Taxi” and “Remington Steele.”