CBS took over the series Ghosts, its pilot single-camera comedy title by Rose McIver and Utkarsh Ambudkar, by Joe Port & Joe Wiseman, Lionsgate Television, BBC Studios and CBS Studios.
Ghosts was developed through Lionsgate’s agreement with BBC Studios. Pickup makes it three-for-three for Lionsgate, which has seen its three 2020 broadcast comedy pilots go into series, Ghosts at CBS and This country at Fox – both based on BBC formats – and Domestical economy at ABC.
the Ghosts pilot, cleared in February but delayed by the coronavirus pandemic, was shot down in December. The decision to pick up the series comes as options on the cast were set to expire late today. This is the third CBS 2020 comedy pilot to secure a series order, joining Chuck Lorre B positive and United States of Al, who are both making their debuts this season.
Written by Port and Wiseman, Ghosts follows a struggling young couple, Samantha (McIver) and Jay (Ambudkar), whose dreams come true when they inherit a beautiful country house, only to discover that it is both in ruins and inhabited by many previous residents deceased.
Port and Wiseman executive producer with Mathew Baynton, Jim Howick, Simon Farnaby, Laurence Rickard, Ben Willbond, Martha Howe-Douglas, Alison Carpenter, Debra Hayward and Alison Owen (Monumental Television); as well as Angie Stephenson (BBC Studios).
Trent O’Donnell was director and executive producer of the pilot. CBS Studios is producing the series in association with Lionsgate Television and BBC Studios.