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Meagen Fay, Don Lake, Richie Moriarty, Asher Grodman, Sheila Carrasco, Román Zaragoza, and Danielle Pinnock in Ghosts (2021)

S2.E1 ∙ Spies

Brandon Scott Jones, Richie Moriarty, Asher Grodman, Sheila Carrasco, and Danielle Pinnock in Ghosts (2021)

S2.E2 ∙ Alberta's Podcast

Rebecca Wisocky, Asher Grodman, and Román Zaragoza in Ghosts (2021)

S2.E3 ∙ Jay's Friends

Rebecca Wisocky and Brandon Scott Jones in Ghosts (2021)

S2.E4 ∙ The Tree

Richie Moriarty and Danielle Pinnock in Ghosts (2021)

S2.E5 ∙ Halloween 2: The Ghost of Hetty's Past

Rose McIver and Christian Jadah in Ghosts (2021)

S2.E6 ∙ The Baby Bjorn

Rose McIver, Rebecca Wisocky, Brandon Scott Jones, Utkarsh Ambudkar, Richie Moriarty, Asher Grodman, John Hartman, Sheila Carrasco, Román Zaragoza, and Danielle Pinnock in Ghosts (2021)

S2.E7 ∙ Dumb Deaths

Rose McIver, Rebecca Wisocky, Román Zaragoza, Devan Chandler Long, and Danielle Pinnock in Ghosts (2021)

S2.E8 ∙ The Liquor License

Rose McIver, Rebecca Wisocky, and Devan Chandler Long in Ghosts (2021)

S2.E9 ∙ The Christmas Spirit, Part One

Rebecca Wisocky, Richie Moriarty, Asher Grodman, Sheila Carrasco, Román Zaragoza, Devan Chandler Long, and Danielle Pinnock in Ghosts (2021)

S2.E10 ∙ The Christmas Spirit, Part Two

Rose McIver, Román Zaragoza, and Danielle Pinnock in Ghosts (2021)

S2.E11 ∙ The Perfect Assistant

Brandon Scott Jones, Richie Moriarty, and Asher Grodman in Ghosts (2021)

S2.E12 ∙ The Family Business

Rose McIver, Brandon Scott Jones, and Richie Moriarty in Ghosts (2021)

S2.E13 ∙ Ghost Hunter

Rose McIver, Utkarsh Ambudkar, Richie Moriarty, Sheila Carrasco, Devan Chandler Long, and Danielle Pinnock in Ghosts (2021)

S2.E14 ∙ Trevor's Body

Rose McIver, Utkarsh Ambudkar, Sheila Carrasco, and Devan Chandler Long in Ghosts (2021)

S2.E15 ∙ A Date to Remember

Rose McIver, Brandon Scott Jones, Román Zaragoza, and Danielle Pinnock in Ghosts (2021)

S2.E16 ∙ Isaac's Book

Utkarsh Ambudkar, Asher Grodman, and Román Zaragoza in Ghosts (2021)

S2.E17 ∙ Weekend from Hell

Rebecca Wisocky and Asher Grodman in Ghosts (2021)

S2.E18 ∙ Alberta's Descendant

Holly Gauthier-Frankel and Richie Moriarty in Ghosts (2021)

S2.E19 ∙ Ghost Father of the Bride

Rose McIver, Tristan D. Lalla, Richie Moriarty, and Sheila Carrasco in Ghosts (2021)

S2.E20 ∙ Woodstone's Hottest Couple

Rose McIver, Rebecca Wisocky, Brandon Scott Jones, Román Zaragoza, and Devan Chandler Long in Ghosts (2021)

S2.E21 ∙ Whodunnit

Rose McIver, Rebecca Wisocky, Utkarsh Ambudkar, Richie Moriarty, and Román Zaragoza in Ghosts (2021)

S2.E22 ∙ The Heir

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Ghosts season 2 returns with hauntings and hijinks

The cast of Ghosts season 2 huddled around a laptop

More hauntings and hijinks are in store when you watch Ghosts season 2 online. The  CBS comedy debuted last year as an adaptation of a British series of the same name. It's become a big hit of its own, thanks to the delightfully zany antics of the titular spirits. 

Ghosts season 2 premieres Thursday (Sept. 29). • Time — 8:30 p.m. ET/PT • U.S. — Watch on CBS via Fubo.TV or Paramount Plus • Watch anywhere — try ExpressVPN 100% risk free

Ghosts revolves around married couple Samantha (Rose McIver) and Jay (Utkarsh Ambudkar), who move into a country mansion that they have inherited. They discover that it's not only decrepit, but haunted by the ghosts of persons who died on premises! Sam can hear and see the ghosts, while Jay cannot. 

The ghosts include the flashy Prohibition-era jazz singer Alberta (Danielle Pinnock), gay Revolutionary War Captain Isaac Higgintoot (Brandon Scott Jones), Pinecone Trooper leader Pete (Richie Moriarty) and Sam's ancestor Hetty (Rebecca Wisocky). 

When Ghosts season 2 kicks off, Sam and Jay have finally succeeded in converting the mansion into a B&B. Now, she enlists the help of the ghosts to get a good review from some highly critical guests. 

Here is everything you need to watch Ghosts season 2. Plus, watch a trailer below:

How to watch Ghosts season 2 from anywhere on Earth

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How to watch Ghosts season 2 in the US

In the U.S., viewers can watch Ghosts season 2 premiere Thursday, Sept. 29 at 8:30 p.m. ET/PT. 

CBS is a local broadcast network that can accessed with one of the best TV antennas or through a cable TV package.

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You can also watch your local CBS station's live feed on Paramount Plus with a Premium subscription.

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How to watch Ghosts season 2 in the UK

Mixed news for British fans of Ghosts who want to see the American version. BBC is reportedly finalizing a deal to air the U.S. Ghosts but there's no confirmation nor a release date.

Meanwhile, the original British Ghosts just debuted series 4, available on BBC and iPlayer. 

If you want to watch the American Ghosts season 2 live using a streaming service you already for pay, check out ExpressVPN .

How to watch Ghosts season 2 in Canada

Canadians will see Ghosts season 2 at the same time and date as Americans. It's broadcasting on Global TV , at 8:30 p.m. ET.

How to watch Ghosts season 2 in Australia

Unfortunately, it looks like Aussies also won't be able to watch Ghosts season 2 live, as it doesn't appear to be airing on any local channels. 

ExpressVPN can help anyone traveling abroad access their paid subscription services.

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Ghosts season 2: how to watch and everything we know about the comedy

The hit comedy Ghosts is back with its second season.

Rose McIver and Utkarsh Ambudkar in Ghosts

A breakout hit of the 2021-2022 TV season, Ghosts is back on CBS and giving audiences another frighteningly good time.

Ghosts became the latest example of an original British show adapted for and enjoyed by US audiences. It joins the likes of The Office , Shameless , House of Cards and Love Island USA , just to name a few. The American creators behind Ghosts , Joe Port and Joe Wiseman, would probably love to have the same kind of success that those shows have had.

But before we can talk about Ghosts' place in the British-to-America pantheon, Ghosts season 2 looks to show that season 1 was no fluke. Here is everything we know about Ghosts season 2.

How to watch Ghosts season 2

Ghosts season 2 has wrapped up, but you can catch up with all of the episodes of the comedy on Paramount Plus .

Check out what else if on US TV tonight with WTW's US TV listings .

Who is in the Ghosts season 2 cast?

The entire main cast is back for the new season. This includes Rose McIver, Utkarsh Ambudkar, Brandon Scott Jones, Danielle Pinnock and more. Here is the entire principal cast and who they play: 

  • Rose McIver as Samantha
  • Utkarsh Ambudkar as Jay
  • Brandon Scott Jones as Isaac
  • Richie Moriarity as Pete
  • Danielle Pinnock as Alberta
  • Asher Grodman as Trevor
  • Roman Zaragoza as Sasappis
  • Sheila Carrasco as Flower
  • Rebecca Wisocky as Hetty
  • Devan Chandler Long as Thorfinn

By the way, at a recent Comic-Con event, the cast revealed who they'd love to guest star on the show. Hint, the person is an EGOT winner and is currently a host on a famous daytime talk show. Take a look at who they want on the series (we fast-forwarded the clip to the moment in question). 

What is the Ghosts plot?

Ghosts follows a young couple, Samantha and Jay, that inherit an old country house and have aspirations to turn it into a bed & breakfast. However, after suffering an accident while at the house, Samantha begins to see the handful of ghosts that occupy the home. They all must learn to live together and help each other out.

The Ghosts season 1 finale saw two big developments. First, the ghost of Revolutionary War soldier Isaac finally reveals his true, romantic feelings for a ghost British soldier. Meanwhile, just as Samantha and Jay are ready to open their B&B, they are told about a curse that was set upon them shortly after moving in by Thorfinn, before they all became friends. With the only way to remove the curse potentially risking Samantha’s ability to communicate with the ghosts, she decides to dismiss it. However, as they welcome their first guests the floors of the house crumble beneath them.

So the ramifications of the very real curse are going to have to be addressed in Ghosts season 2. Can Samantha and Jay still open their B&B? Is Samantha going to decide to give up her new ability to talk with the dead? What other problems from the ghosts’ past will come to light?

CBS has revealed the official plot synopsis for the Ghosts season 2 premiere. Titled "Spies," the episode sees Sam enlists the ghosts to help secure a good review from an overly critical couple staying at the B&B. Also, Isaac tries to integrate Nigel into his friend group.

Catch up with some of what's happened so far this season with our Ghosts episode recaps:

  • Ghosts : The Christmas Spirit recap
  • Ghosts season 2 episode 11 recap
  • Ghosts season 2 episode 12 recap
  • Ghosts season 2 episode 13 recap
  • Ghosts season 2 episode 14 recap

Ghosts UK and Ghosts US collide

For those fans that were familiar with the original UK version of Ghosts and were hoping for some kind of crossover between the two shows, we have some good news. It’s kind of happening in the new season. Actor Mathew Baynton, who portrays Thomas Thorne in Ghosts season 4 in the UK is guest starring in the US iteration of the show. When discussing his US stint with Entertainment Weekly , Baynton stated: 

"When I was invited to play a guest role in the CBS version of Ghosts , I was a little concerned that the two universes colliding would tear a hole in the fabric of time and space. Thankfully, that didn't happen and instead, I had a lot of fun playing with a bunch of very lovely funny people."

Is there a Ghosts season 2 trailer?

Here's the original first-look trailer for Ghosts season 2.

The Ghosts team also shared a blooper reel from season 1 as part of their Comic-Con 2022 presentation. Enjoy!

Is there going to be a Ghosts season 3?

More Ghosts is coming on CBS, as the network has officially renewed the comedy series for a season 3.

"This season, executive producers Joe Port, Joe Wiseman and the brilliant cast delivered episodes that far surpassed our expectations. From the opening of the Woodstone B&B to epic Halloween and Christmas episodes , we have thoroughly enjoyed getting to know our Ghosts even better. Much like our viewers, we love them more each and every week," said Amy Reisenbach, president of CBS Entertainment. "As the series continues to win fans on broadcast and streaming, we're thrilled to bring back this touching and hilarious comedy for a third season."

Ghosts season 2 is going to continue its run for the rest of the 2022-2023 TV season, with Ghosts season 3 arriving in the fall for the 2023-2024 season. 

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Ghosts Season 2: What to Expect

From dinosaurs to shipping opportunities to maybe Luke Skywalker himself, the producers of CBS's Ghosts reveal what to look for in season 2.

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Ghosts Season 2: What to Expect

This article contains spoilers for the Ghosts season 1 finale

Ghosts season 1 ended on a cliffhanger that has already generated numerous lines of fan speculation. Although season 2 is currently in production and release date details are still being worked out, Den of Geek managed to get a few nuggets of inside information from Executive Producers Joe Port and Joe Wiseman. 

According to Port, season 2 will naturally continue the comforting supernatural comedy vibes established by season 1.

“The one word that always comes up on Twitter about the show, people are always calling it wholesome,” he says. “When I first started reading that, I was like ‘Hetty’s always making jokes about what a cocaine addict she was. We’re always making jokes about Thor participating in tons of orgies’. But there is something wholesome and comforting about it.”

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How will Sam and Jay deal with the termite infestation? Will the accident alter their future interactions with the ghosts? Will the B&B be able to stay open? These are questions that fans want season 2 to answer first and foremost.  

“At the end of season one, they finally open up the B&B, so we’re going to do stories based on running a stressful business with your spouse and that’s going to offer challenges,” Wiseman says. “Now that the B&B’s open, that’ll be a way to get guests cast in. We don’t want to become Newhart , we’re not going to be the guest of the week or anything like that. But it is an organic way to get stories walking through the door that can affect Jay and Sam but also bring up issues amongst the ghosts.”

Another way that season 2 could introduce new ghosts is through the sheer unexplored size of Woodstone Manor.

“We’ve somewhat [followed] the rule that was established in the British series, where they can’t really leave the property, so it’s difficult to get visiting ghosts or new ghosts,” Wiseman says. “[Woodstone Manor is] a large property and we’ve found the English ghosts living in a shed. In [the ‘Ghost Prom’] episode, we introduce a character who’s been spending a lot of time in a rarely visited room in the attic. There’s ways [to get around the rule] and we have a couple of fun ideas that we may or may not do in season two to introduce some other people.”

Throughout season 1, Ghosts established the backstories of the core ghosts Sam and Jay interact with every day. However, there are a few stories that haven’t been fully fleshed out yet. 

“We are having a lot of fun talking more about the backstories of the ghosts,” Wiseman says. “There’s a lot of questions that are still out there that we’re not necessarily going to answer all of them this season, but we don’t know how Hetty died, we don’t know how Sasappis died, we don’t know what Pete’s power is. Then there’s other stories that we want to follow up on.”

“Alberta’s murder is going to be a mystery that we’re going to delve into more deeply in season two. And not just talk about it in one episode, we want to explore that. There also might be a dinosaur,” Port adds.

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Both the good and the bad in the history behind these backstories will also be a focus in Season 2 with Port promising “it’s something we’re not going to ignore and shy away from.”

The season finale teased future plot lines for Isaac and Nigel’s newly revealed mutual attraction, but what about the other relationships in the series? Some of these plot developments were not set in stone at the beginning of the planning process for season 1. Thor and Flower’s miscommunication is one example. 

Flower (Sheila Carrasco) and Sasappis (Román Zaragoza) on CBS's Ghosts

How Ghosts Adapted Its Story for an American Audience

“We didn’t want it early on to be a show about ghosts dating each other,” Wiseman says. “That’s definitely going to be a part of it. You have eight people who all live in a house and can’t really see or meet other people, so there’s going to be some intermingling. We didn’t want that to be the crux of the show, we wanted those relationships to come up organically. 

“In the third episode, ‘Viking Funeral’, there was that funny moment when Flower starts to realize that he may be gone, she starts to confess feelings. To be honest, we thought that would be a funny joke. But since we filmed that moment and everything, we talked about maybe there is something there. We just wanted to wait for an organic time to bring it up again. When we shot the ‘Thorapy’ episode, we thought maybe that could be [the time]. He’s someone who’s now starting to talk about his feelings, and that could be an interesting thing that could come up at the very end of that episode and throw forward the idea of them being a thing.”

Pete and Alberta are another popular pairing in fandom. 

“Pete, even from the pilot, is such a fanboy of Alberta’s,” Port says. “There’s a joke where Sas complains that Alberta has sung the same song 487 times and he’s getting sick of hearing it, but Pete could not appreciate her talent more and that he gets to be a front-row seat to her for eternity. We thought it was funny because he’s so much the opposite of the bad boys that she claims to have been within her life. It’s definitely a long game, those two, because I don’t think he’s really her type, but he definitely has an interest.” 

While it’s too soon to have all the details on all the new ghosts, there are some one-off characters from season 1 that will have follow-ups in future episodes. Every week during the Ghosts live tweets there was at least one person asking about where the greaser/Elvis era headless ghost is. 

“It’s fun because his head can be separated, so his body has been spotted in a handful of episodes,” Wiseman says.

Many fans had theories about the 1950’s or 1960’s housewife ghost Sam saw at the Farnsbys but Port assures that they the writers have something planned for her and they “think she’s a Farnsby.”Guest star casting for season 2 is still in progress but there is one person who is already on the list: the legendary Mark Hamill. 

“We’ve made it clear anytime, anywhere he wants to be on the show, we will come up with a part for him,” Wiseman says. “Everyone, the whole cast, the whole crew, and all the writers were just delighted. Obviously not only just fans of Star Wars and [Luke Skywalker], but also he’s just such a positive presence on Twitter. He’s so passionate, and he took the time. After he tweeted about the show, the cast would reach out and say thank you. Then he wrote everyone back very specific things about their character and how the actor was great at doing. It was clear that he clearly really liked the show, and it really meant a lot.” 

Ghosts season 2 is set to arrive this fall. Until then there’s plenty of time to rewatch the season with friends and family who didn’t see it before, form some theories, and possibly check out the original UK series on HBO Max or the U.S. series on Paramount+.

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Ghosts: How the spirited British sitcom found a new haunt in the US

  • Published 29 May 2022

The cast of the US version of Ghosts

TV comedy Ghosts has become one of the most popular new sitcoms on both sides of the Atlantic, after a US remake of the beloved BBC original became a hit. The makers of both versions discuss how they leave viewers in high spirits.

Since it started in 2019, BBC One's Ghosts has been a rare thing in the age of streaming choice and splintered viewing - a sitcom that the whole family can enjoy together.

And since the US version of the show launched earlier this year, it has become an even rarer thing - a successful American remake of a British sitcom.

The history of cross-Atlantic comedy remakes is littered with short-lived flops, but Ghosts has become the most successful translation since The Office and Veep (based on The Thick Of It).

The first season of the CBS adaptation ended last month as the top-rated new series on US TV, according to the network, as well as the number one comedy on streaming service Paramount+.

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Joe Wiseman, one of the lead writers and producers of the US version, says the first time he watched the BBC original, he "loved it right away".

"You could just tell immediately that it was a unique show, a unique premise," he says. "And it was just so funny."

The British series was created by the team behind Horrible Histories. "Behind the idea was just asking, 'what can we come up with that means we get to dress up and be silly, and in a haunted house?'" Mathew Baynton, one of the team, explained backstage at the recent BBC Comedy Festival in Newcastle.

However, the team initially dismissed the concept, not thinking there would be much potential for humour in spirits who can't really touch anything, go anywhere, and don't, since they're already dead, have much to worry about.

But then they realised having very different personalities from different historical eras who cannot escape each other, and are stuck together in a sort of cheerful purgatory for eternity, could actually be very funny.

The cast of the BBC's Ghosts

The characters in the British original include caveman Robin, trouserless Tory MP Julian, a self-important Army officer known as The Captain, needy Georgian noblewoman Kitty, and affable scout leader Pat. They are joined in their crumbling stately home by a young (alive) couple - one of whom can see their phantom housemates.

Ben Willbond, who plays The Captain, says: "It's basically this largely dysfunctional but very close family living together - arguing, resolving their differences, getting on, ultimately staying as entrenched as they ever were, but learning a little bit about themselves every week."

Baynton, who also plays hopelessly romantic poet Thomas, describes the show as "a really warm embrace of a family sitcom".

Willbond adds: "It's such a such a lovely feeling. When people talk to me about it, that's one of the first things they say, every time, 'oh, I can sit down with my kids'."

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The real secret, Baynton believes, is it shows that "we can all get on, however much we disagree - if we're really stuck with each other and we look each other in the eye, we can get on".

He adds: "I feel as though that's probably why it's working both sides of the pond. People are reassured and craving something that says, 'it's all right, we can get along'.

"There's such an endless howl of anger and bile that people are directing at each other every day. So I guess it's a tonic to that. I think that's what the idea happened to have, kind of by accident."

The cast of the US version of Ghosts

Joe Port, who runs the US version with Wiseman, echoes that their series is "a very feelgood show, just like the British one is".

"It's got this feelgood sort of warm hug feel, while also being hard funny," he says on Zoom from Los Angeles.

Some of the US characters have been clearly borrowed from the British version, like scout leader Pete and the upper-class Hetty.

Others are similar but different - a Viking instead of a caveman, and a trouserless Wall Street "finance bro" instead of a Tory MP. "That was also a funny guy to have be pantsless," says Port.

A few are unique to the US, like a Native American, who was "the number one character that we had to have in the show", Port says. There is also a 1960s hippy called Flower and 1920s jazz singer Alberta.

When it began, the reception from US TV critics was mixed but generally warm, with TV Line calling it "a wonderful surprise" and Variety saying it's "charming enough to merit sticking around", although The Hollywood Reporter said it "could use an infusion of zaniness to live up to its Beetlejuice-y aspirations".

US Ghosts lead writers and producers Joe Wiseman (left) and Joe Port

Port and Wiseman have also worked on the US version of The Office and a remake of The IT Crowd. Port recalls how Greg Daniels, who took The Office from Slough to Scranton, initially followed the British formula before taking it in new directions.

"I guess if there was any guidance, it was sort of seeing how Greg had adapted The Office," he says.

With Ghosts, "we didn't want to fix what wasn't broken", he continues. "But once that premise was up and running, we departed and were able to chart our own path for the most part."

The question with TV remakes is normally, why bother if the original is so good?

The cast of the BBC's Ghosts

With Ghosts, the reason is clearer than most, because each country has a different history and a different set of historical characters who could be hanging around in the afterlife.

There are no other international versions of Ghosts yet, according to BBC Studios, whose LA arm co-produces the US version. But it can't be long before more countries find some happy phantoms in their own old houses.

"It just felt like there was a reason to adopt this one," Wiseman says. "It was seen as very portable. And it seems like there should be many different versions of Ghosts all over the world, as far as I'm concerned."

The UK Ghosts is available to stream on BBC iPlayer, with a fourth series coming soon. The US Ghosts can be streamed on Paramount+ in the US.

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