FOX has ordered six additional episodes of freshman sitcom ‘Ghosted’, which stars Craig Robinson and Adam Scott and is described as a comedic version of ‘The X-Files’ about a group that explores unexplained happenings in the Los Angeles area. This brings the show’s first season to a total of 16 episodes, which will carry it into 2018. ‘Ghosted’ airs on FOX on Sunday nights at 8:30EST between ‘The Simpsons’ and ‘The Family Guy’. In addition to Robinson and Scott, the series stars Adeel Akhtar, Ally Walker and Amber Stevens West. It currently ranks as the #2 best performing new comedy of this season, trailing behind CBS’ ‘Young Sheldon’.
There has been a shakeup behind-the-scenes, though. Showrunner Kevin Etten is departing, reportedly because FOX wants to shift the tone of the series to more of a workplace comedy. Etten will be replaced by Paul Lieberstein, a.k.a. Toby from ‘The Office’. Yes, it’s an ‘Office’ reunion for Lieberstein and Robinson, who starred as the gruff warehouse manager Daryl on the long-running NBC hit. What some may not realize is that Lieberstein worked as a producer on that series, as well as a writer and director. He has also worked as a producer on FOX’s ‘King of the Hill’, ‘The Drew Carey Show’, ‘Greg The Bunny’, ‘The Bernie Mack Show’ and most recently, HBO’s ‘The Newsroom’. He also recently wrote, directed and produced his first feature, ‘Song of Back and Neck’.
Lieberstein served as showrunner on ‘The Office’ so he knows a thing or two about workplace comedies, which is exactly what FOX is looking for, so this should be a natural fit.
With solid ratings and decent reviews, it’s very likely that ‘Ghosted’ will be picked up for a second season.
Are you a fan of this new series? Are you excited by the proposed new direction? Or were you happy with it the way it was?