"Medium" begins its fifth season tonight and we try to see into the series' future -- with a little help from the show's star Patricia Arquette.
As Alison DuBois, a research medium who has been struggling to make sense of her dreams and visions of dead people, Arquette uses her special abilities to help solve crimes.
But the actress, who won an Emmy for her role, feels that it is the family stories that keep audiences coming back and is what makes "Medium" different than other crime dramas.
"For me that is the foundation and the heart and soul and really what I care about in the show," she says. "I always thought the psychic aspect of it was interesting, but I don't think I'd have the same connection if it hadn't been for the family stuff."
And speaking of her on-screen family, Arquette says that fans can look forward to the return of Kevin Corrigan, "my son" Enzo Rossi and Kurtwood Smith, as well as appearances by guest stars Blythe Danner, David Morse, Tracy Pollan, James Van Der Beek and Amanda Detmer.
Also in season five, Arquette tries her hand at directing an episode for the first time.
"I always wanted to check it out and see how it was," she shares. "I mean, when you're in front of the camera for a lot of years on a show that has a specific style and rules as to our shooting you start feeling like you understand those rules. So I just wanted to check it out. There'd be moments where I felt like things weren't explored that I wish could have been. But the reality is as director on one-hour television or any kind of television, I think, your hands are very tied."
"Medium" returns tonight at 10 p.m. on NBC. The episode Arquette directs will be the third one to air, so look for that on Monday, February 16.