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HARRIET DYER plays as Cassie Bedford, a psychic who helps the police.

By Zsarlene B. Chua, Reporter

The Inbetween
Blue Ant Entertainment

CRIME procedurals have always been a popular TV series genre and with the multitude of such series airing, the main challenge is how to offer something different — and that is what The Inbetween is trying to do as the show combines a crime procedural with the paranormal.

The Inbetween, which airs on CBS and is syndicated for Asia by Blue Ant Entertainment, follows Cassie Bedford (played by Harriet Dyer) as she tries to solve cold cases with her “sixth sense” which allows her to not only communicate but also experience what the dead went through.

She is often roped into these cases by the ghosts themselves and by her foster father, Detective Paul Hackett (Paul Blackthorne) and his new partner, former FBI agent Damien Asante (Justin Cornwell) who relocates to Seattle for unknown reasons.

The series could be said to be a cross between Cold Case (2003-2010) and Ghost Whisperer (2005-2010). Both series also aired on CBS and featured women in leading roles: Detective Lily Rush (Kathryn Morris) and Melinda Gordon (Jennifer Love-Hewitt), respectively.

Like Cold Case, the series — which started airing on May 31 — opened with a Seattle detective trying to find a missing person only to realize that they’re also dealing with a cold case of a woman whose eyes were gouged out, but like Ghost Whisperer, the case isn’t as simple as it looks as Cassie dreams about a dead woman who is connected to the case.

The pilot episode opened much like any other procedurals, a newly minted detective gets a new partner and all his baggage, and a missing persons case turns into a murder case and then into another murder case, but with more attempts to shock people as audiences are treated to gory imagery less than 10 minutes in.

Cassie, as a medium, was established as a woman who struggles with her abilities but her often blase, sarcastic attitude towards skeptics seems to belie her difficulties though a drinking binge in the opening scene suggests that, yes, she is having a hard time.

Her father, meanwhile, immediately accepts the fact that neither Cassie nor him can walk away from such cases.

The super serious nature of the program provides little room for comedy though there are attempts — though very few elicit requisite chuckles from the audience. The effort is appreciated nonetheless, especially the quip Asante makes about drinking coffee because “this is America” and Hackett is most decidedly British and thus drinks tea.

What I do appreciate a lot about this program is Cassie not positioning herself as a guardian angel — she can be pretty vengeful and will willingly help a ghost exact revenge and even takes delight from it.

At length, I do like The Inbetween though I am not fond of scary stuff and jump scares which the show routinely does to emphasize that, yes, it is a paranormal program. The pilot also sets up several plot points and I hope they tie up everything up by season’s end. Do I think it has potential? Yes, if only they develop the characters more as all of them seem a bit bland on the first episode.

The Inbetween airs every Friday, 10:35 p.m. on Blue Ant Entertainment. Blue Ant Entertainment is available on SkyCable ch. 53 (SD) and ch. 195 (HD); SkyDirect ch. 35; Cignal ch. 120; and Cablelink ch. 37.