CBS’s new hit comedy “Ghosts” has been discontinued after a person on the set of the series tested positive for COVID-19. The show, which is filmed in Montreal, was in the middle of producing its season finale, according to sources, when the COVID case forced it to shut down early.
Insiders confirm the closure and tell Variety that production will now resume in January after the holidays to complete the finale. CBS declined to comment on whether an actor on the show contracted COVID, citing confidentiality. The shutdown comes as the spread of the COVID-19 variant of Omicron has started to impact the entertainment industry: in New York, Broadway was hit by a wave of cancellations as COVID-19 cases rose, with tests testing positive Forced cancellation of shows, including “Ms. Doubtfire: The Musical “,” MJ The Musical “,” Tina: The Tina Turner Musical “,” Harry Potter and the Cursed Child “,” Ain’t Too Proud “,” Freestyle Love Supreme “and” Hamilton “.
In Denmark, cinemas have been closed to cope with a surge in COVID-19 cases and contain the spread of the new variant.
“Ghosts” used to be a strong cast for CBS as the Fall’s most-watched new prime-time comedy. The show’s premiere averaged 7.8 million viewers in Live +7 ratings, the largest increase of any new and recurring comedy premier this season. “Ghosts” has an average of 7.89 million viewers this season and is the number 2 comedy of this season overall (behind “Young Sheldon”). It has also improved its time frame by 9% in viewers compared to last season.
“Ghosts” is modeled after a British series and stars as Rose McIver and Utkarsh Ambudkar as a young couple, Samantha and Jay, who inherit a shabby country house and later discover that it is inhabited by many of the deceased previous residents.
The show’s “ghosts” include a Prohibition-era lounge singer (Danielle Pinnock); an 18th century militiaman (Brandon Scott Jones); a 1960s hippie (Sheila Carrasco); a cheerful ’80s scout leader (Richie Moriarty); a Viking explorer from 1009 (Devon Chandler Long); a ’90s financial brother (Asher Grodman); a sarcastic and witty 16th century native (Román Zaragoza); and a 19th-century civil society wife and wife of a robber baron who is Samantha’s ancestor (Rebecca Wisocky).
“Ghosts” is from CBS Studios in association with Lionsgate Television and the production arm of BBC Studios in Los Angeles. Executive producers include Joe Port & Joe Wiseman, Mathew Baynton, Jim Howick, Simon Farnaby, Laurence Rickard, Ben Willbond, and Martha Howe-Douglas; Alison Carpenter, Debra Hayward and Alison Owen (Monumental TV); Angie Stephenson (BBC Studios).