No doubt, TLC's producers packaged this show using current media trends -- as in "Italian," of course (Mama, Mia~! Haven't we had enough already?) complete with the requisite North Jersey/New York accents all wrapped up under a specter of paranormal.
The first time I saw John Edward, another "gifted" individual who channels the other side, I was filled with loathing and disgust. I feel the same way about Theresa. Any second thoughts I harbored about judging Theresa's credibility too harshly were quickly quashed as the show's contrived premise became more and more apparent: Theresa to the grieving mother, Susan, via 'phone: "I don't do this." I don't do
this." Theresa's husband to Teresa when Theresa turned on the drama-tears in response to the Susan/Stephen dilemma: "This isn't you; you don't do this," and then, in case we hadn't already assessed Theresa's renowned reputation as a medium/psychic who talks to the dead, we heard her inform us twice that, "There's a waiting list to see me." We're impressed! Well, maybe some are, but I am not.
As I watched this charlatan's performances I felt John Edward coming through; I also got a sense of some very talkative locals behind the scenes helping Theresa manifest her "gift." Perhaps someone should do a comprehensive investigation of Theresa and others of her ilk, including checking for ties to funeral directors, hospitals, police, and general water-cooler locations where people congregate and gossip. Stylists at hair salons are often the unwitting recipients of more scuttlebut than the local news publications! I suspect Theresa and other self-proclaimed psychics and mediums have lots of ears and eyes helping them sharpen their talents for deception.
There is really one word that captures my feelings towards Theresa, John Edward and others who exploit grieving, gullible, often desperate people: Anger.
Edited by Noddy, Oct 10, 2011 @ 4:04 AM.