‘Ghosts’ run rampant in a new CBS comedy series

Ensemble cast includes 'iZombie' alum Rose McIver

The comedy “Ghosts” premieres Thursday on CBS.

After several years playing a member of the undead, Rose McIver now has poltergeists to deal with.

The former “iZombie” star injected humor into that role, but more-overt laughs rule as the CBS comedy “Ghosts” gets a Halloween-month premiere Thursday, Oct. 7. In the adaptation of a BBC series, McIver and Utkarsh Ambudkar play heirs to a mansion in New York’s Hudson Valley, where the spirits of previous residents still inhabit the place. Samantha (McIver) can see them but others can’t, complicating the couple’s efforts to turn the site into a bed and breakfast … and their daily lives in general.

“I’m starting to wonder if I’m ever going to get a regular job not playing somebody at least half-dead again,” McIver muses. “I guess I found my niche. (In ‘Ghosts’), it’s hopefully grounded and is this species that we can all relate to. One of the things I get most excited about — and I was so fortunate with ‘iZombie’ to have — is to see people dressing up and getting lost in another world. I think some of the fans of this kind of theme are the most dedicated, creative, imaginable people out there, and I feel really lucky that this world would take me back again.” 

Among those playing the diverse array of ghosts — representing different eras and lifestyles, from a Viking to a hippie — are Sheila Carrasco, Asher Grodman, Brandon Scott Jones, Devan Chandler Long, Richie Moriarty, Danielle Pinnock, Rebecca Wisocky and Roman Zaragoza.

Rose McIver stars in “Ghosts,” premiering Thursday on CBS.

Fellow star Ambudkar reasons that “Ghosts” is a different kind of effort for its network: “I think it’s a new energy and something that CBS hasn’t really had, for them to take a big swing with a comedy like this, which is supernatural. It’s a little edgy at times. It’s certainly as diverse as any other show, and they’ve been super-open to our input … myself, Roman, Danielle, Sheila, and what we have to say about our characters. I think it’s going to be really, really fresh for people to see this on CBS.”

“Ghosts” is being filmed in Montreal, but Joe Wiseman — one of its executive producers, along with his longtime creative partner Joe Port — explains, “We liked upstate New York. It seemed to be sort of rich in American history. We wanted a Viking character, so we did some research. They were in Canada, but there is evidence and actually journals that we found of them describing coming down the coast. They would go inland and explore. As soon as we figured that out, we were like, ‘OK. We may as well set it here. That seems like a fun character to have running around.’ ”

Jay Bobbin

Jay Bobbin has decades of experience covering the television and movie businesses, winning Tribune Media Services’ Crown Jewel Award in 2008 for his performance in the company. Over those many years of interviewing and writing, he has spoken with everyone from Robert De Niro and John Travolta to Paul McCartney and Tony Bennett … from Meryl Streep and Julie Andrews to Taylor Swift and Carrie Underwood.

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