GHOSTS Showrunners Joe Port and Joe Wiseman Pick Their Favorite Season 1 Moments - Give Me My Remote : Give Me My Remote

GHOSTS Showrunners Joe Port and Joe Wiseman Pick Their Favorite Season 1 Moments

June 23, 2022 by  

Pictured (L-R) Danielle Pinnock as Alberta, Rebecca Wisocky as Hetty, Devan Chandler Long as Thorfinn, Rose McIver as Samantha, Asher Grodman as Trevor, Utkarsh Ambudkar as Jay, Brandon Scott Jones as Isaac, Richie Moriarty as Pete, Sheila Carrasco as Flower and Román Zaragoza as Sasappis. Photo: Bertrand Calmeau/CBS ©2021 CBS Broadcasting, Inc. All Rights Reserved.

GHOSTS, quite simply, is fantastic.

The CBS comedy—an adaptation of the British series by the same name—follows Sam (Rose McIver), a young woman whose life is turned upside when an accident leaves her with an unexpected gift: the ability to see (and communicate with) ghosts. That complicates things as she and her husband, Jay (Utkarsh Ambudkar), try to turn the estate they inherited into a charming bed and breakfast…all while a gaggle of spirits (ranging from a Viking warrior to a ’90s finance bro) have some very strong opinions about what’s being done to their home.

Naturally, fun mayhem follows. Sam and the ghosts form a bond as they get to know each other. And though Jay can’t see what’s going on around him, thanks to a temporary possession and Sam as his go-between, he manages to forge his own special connections with their unexpected roommates, too.

The series—which finished up its first season in April; season 2 was ordered in January—came out of the gate strong, somehow balancing its ten-person ensemble with laugh-out-loud moments, emotional backstories, and unexpected mysteries. It’s the perfect dose of joy, whether you watch it weekly or saved it all to binge. (The first season is reairing Thursdays at 9/8c over the summer on CBS; additionally, the episodes are streaming on Paramount+.)

With production of season 2 just getting started, showrunners Joe Port and Joe Wiseman looked back at the first season of the series, sharing their favorite moments from each cast member (so far)—and offered a couple of teases about what’s to come…

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“Thorapy” – Pictured Rose McIver as Samantha and Devan Chandler Long as Thorfinn. Photo: Best Possible Screen Grab/CBS ©2021 CBS Broadcasting, Inc. All Rights Reserved.

Rose McIver (Sam): “Rose’s entire performance in the series is a technical triumph. Each scene she’s in has to be shot two different ways: one where we can see the ghosts she’s talking to, and another where we can’t. Seeing her play those ‘no ghosts’ scenes, where she’s reacting to and speaking to people who aren’t there, while oftentimes interacting with ‘livings’ who have no idea of her power, is inspiring. One scene that stands out for me is from ‘Thorapy’ where Sam is talking to a therapist on Thorfinn’s behalf, having to present his issues as her own, all while Thor is screaming in her ear. The line ‘I even got some brains up my nose’ kills me every time.” — Wiseman

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“Possession” – Picture Utkarsh Ambudkar as Jay. Photo:Best Possible Screen Grab/CBS ©2021 CBS Broadcasting, Inc. All Rights Reserved.

Utkarsh Ambudkar (Jay): “His portrayal of Hetty in the ‘Possession’ episode. Utkarsh just fully inhabited Hetty, which was a testament both to him, as well as to Rebecca Wisocky, who developed the strong character for him to imitate.” — Port

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“Thorapy” – Pictured (L-R) Rebecca Wisocky as Hetty and Brandon Scott Jones as Isaac. Photo: Best Possible Screen Grab/CBS ©2021 CBS Broadcasting, Inc. All Rights Reserved.

Brandon Scott Jones (Isaac): “There are two scenes from ‘Thorapy’ (one where Isaac tries to seduce Hetty to prove something to himself; another where Isaac tells Hetty his deepest secret) where Brandon Scott Jones’s full range as a comedic and dramatic actor are on full display (as well as his scenemate in both scenes, Rebecca Wisocky).” — Wiseman



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“Pete’s Wife” – Pictured (L-R) Richie Moriarty as Pete and Hudson Wurster as Little Pete. Photo: Bertrand Calmeau/CBS ©2021 CBS Broadcasting, Inc. All Rights Reserved.

Richie Moriarty (Pete): “We, along with so many of our viewers, loved the emotional range Richie showed at the end of ‘Pete’s Wife,’ when Pete finally, and posthumously, gets to reunite with his now grown daughter and meet his grandson, little Pete.” — Port

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“Alberta’s Fan” – Pictured (L-R) Richie Moriarty as Pete, Danielle Pinnock as Alberta and
Asher Grodman as Trevor. Photo:Best Possible Screen Grab/CBS ©2021 CBS Broadcasting, Inc. All Rights Reserved.

Danielle Pinnock (Alberta): “When I first saw Danielle Pinnock’s audition tape for Alberta, one of the things that jumped out was the fun Danielle seemed to have playing this character. The joy was infectious. Nowhere else is that better represented than the end of ‘Alberta’s Fan’ where Alberta happily celebrates as a video about her starts to go viral. It’s so fun to watch.” — Wiseman

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“Trevor’s Pants” – Pictured Asher Grodman as Trevor. Photo:Best Possible Screen Grab/CBS ©2021 CBS Broadcasting, Inc. All Rights Reserved.

Asher Grodman (Trevor): “In ‘Trevor’s Pants,’ I loved the moment when we see how Trevor lost his pants, making a sacrifice for a friend. It was another among a series of humanizing character turns that we’ve seen thus far, all of which Asher Grodman plays with remarkable understatement and depth.” — Port



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“Ghostwriter” – Pictured (L-R) Román Zaragoza as Sasappis and Gregory Zaragoza as Naxasi. Photo: Best Possible Screen Grab/CBS ©2021 CBS Broadcasting, Inc. All Rights Reserved.

Román Zaragoza (Sasappis): “In ‘Ghostwriter’ we did two flashbacks to when Sasappis was alive and talking with his father. The scenes turned out great, and shooting them was such a special day on set, partly because Sasappis’s father was played by Román Zaragoza’s real father, Gregory Zaragoza.” — Wiseman

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“The Vault” – Pictured (L-R) Rebecca Wisocky as Hetty and Matt Walsh as Elias Woodstone. Photo: Bertrand Calmeau/CBS ©2021 CBS Broadcasting, Inc. All Rights Reserved.

Rebecca Wisocky (Hetty): “I loved her entire speech in ‘The Vault’ where she both reached out an olive branch to her ‘syphilitic reprobate’ of a husband Elias, and then—once he turned down her suggestion to try to use eternity to change and become a better person—she sent him to hell (or at least suggested that he go to hell, at which point he coincidentally did).” — Port

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“Attic Girl” – Pictured (L-R): Asher Grodman as Trevor, Sheila Carrasco as Flower and Richie Moriarty as Pete. Photo: Bertrand Calmeau/CBS ©2021 CBS Broadcasting, Inc. All Rights Reserved.

Sheila Carrasco (Flower): “In ‘Attic Girl,’ when all the ghosts are admonishing Stephanie for being mean to Sam, Flower takes her turn and angrily says, ‘We trusted you man, and you stole our money,’ which of course is not what happened at all. It was a line added on set when I wasn’t there, and when I watched the first cut I had to pause the playback because I was laughing so hard.” — Wiseman



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“Thorapy” – Pictured Devan Chandler Long as Thorfinn. Photo: Best Possible Screen Grab/CBS ©2021 CBS Broadcasting, Inc. All Rights Reserved.

Devan Chandler Long (Thorfinn): “‘Why not apologize sooner. Fix everything, cost nothing!’ This line sums up Thorfinn pretty well to me. He’s always so close to learning the right lesson, but he’s got a good heart and he’s trying.” — Port

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“Attic Girl” – Photo Credit: CBS ©2022 CBS Broadcasting, Inc. All Rights Reserved. Highest quality screengrab available.

Looking ahead to season 2, what unexpected or less-explored duo are the writers most looking forward to showcasing? “We were talking with Brandon over hiatus, and he pointed out that he and Richie have never had a scene with just the two of them before,” the showrunners said via email. “Seems like that would be a fun pairing!”

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“Trevor’s Pants” –  Pictured Danielle Pinnock as Alberta. Photo:Best Possible Screen Grab/CBS ©2021 CBS Broadcasting, Inc. All Rights Reserved.

And from what has been written so far, what are the writers most excited for fans to see in in the new season? “We have seen a lot of people online clamoring to see flashbacks of Alberta singing in a club during the 1920s,” the showrunners teased. “We want to see that too!”

GHOSTS, Season Premiere, Thursday, September 29, 8:30/7:30c, CBS

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