While CBS wasn’t exactly breaking news with the release of its midseason schedule (because why fix what isn’t broken when it works), CBS Entertainment President Kelly Kahl put some thought into the station’s two biggest running shows, Ghosts and CSI: Vegas. With the Rose McIver & Utkarsh Ambudkar-starrer, who received a full season sequence of episodes last month, makes it clear to Kahl that Ghosts has untapped potential and could be the big break this year – especially in an age of delayed viewing. “Every few years you’re lucky enough to see a show grow week after week and watch the word of mouth and see the late ads grow,” Kahl explained diversity. “I think ‘Ghosts’ is well on the way to becoming the breakout comedy of the year. And it doesn’t slow down. People are still discovering it. What we always have to remember these days is that it takes a little longer for people to discover shows. The people who discovered it really love it. And now the plan is just to try and get more eyes on it as the season progresses. “
As for that William Petersen and Jorja Fox– With the revival of the core franchise “CSI”, Kahl hopes for further case solutions beyond the initial sequence of 10 episodes. Similar to Ghosts, CSI: Vegas benefits from delayed visual success: “We knew that there would only be 10 episodes,” explained Kahl. “But you know, this is another one where the deferred ad was great. I mean the deferred ad doubles. So we know there’s an appetite for the show and there’s nothing to announce here, but I’m up for anyone Fall hopeful and I think there is a possibility we might see more episodes next year.”
GHOSTS is a one-camera comedy about Samantha (Rose McIver) and Jay (Utkarsh Ambudkar), a cheerful freelance journalist and aspiring city cook who throw caution and money to the wind when they decide to do a huge shabby Convert the estate they inherited into a bed and breakfast – only to find it is inhabited by the many ghosts of deceased residents who now call it home.
The Departed Souls are a close-knit, eclectic group that includes a cheeky Prohibition-era lounge singer (Danielle Pinnock); a pompous 18th century militiaman (Brandon Scott Jones); a 1960s hippie who loves hallucinogens (Sheila Carrasco); an overly optimistic scout troop leader of the 1980s (Richie Moriarty); a cod-obsessed Viking explorer from 1009 (Devon Chandler Long); a chic ’90s financial brother (Asher Grodman); a sarcastic and witty 16th century native (Roman Saragossa); and a 19th-century civil society wife and wife of a robber baron who is Samantha’s ancestor (Rebecca Wisocky), to name a few. If the ghosts have been concerned about the commotion a renovation and B&B will cause in their home, it is nothing compared to the fact that Samantha is the first person alive who can see and hear her.