After being forced to push the Season 3 premiere date for its hit comedy Ghosts to February 15, 2024 amidst this summer’s dual strikes, CBS is readying for its return to production, star Danielle Pinnock has revealed.
“We start shooting on Saturday. I fly down to Montreal. We’re going back, baby!” exclaimed Pinnock tonight, in conversation with Deadline at the red carpet premiere for her new Amazon MGM holiday film, Candy Cane Lane. “We did a table read — those scripts are good!”
Pinnock expects the show to shoot “only 10 episodes this season,” rather than the 18+ that have been put out in its first two go-rounds, because of both strike-forced delays and the fact that her co-star Sheila Carrasco is expecting her first child. Still, she teased, “those episodes are fierce and the audiences should prepare themselves.”
Developed for CBS by Joe Port and Joe Wiseman, who serve as showrunners, Ghosts adapts the popular 2019 British comedy series of the same name from BBC Studios. The show follows the story of Samantha (Rose McIver) and Jay (Utkarsh Ambudkar), a struggling young couple whose dreams come true when they inherit a beautiful country house, only to find it’s both falling apart and inhabited by many of the deceased previous residents.
In discussing the show’s forthcoming season, Pinnock revealed that fans can expect to see more of her character, the Prohibition-era lounge singer ghost Alberta, as well as Hetty Woodstone (Rebecca Wisocky), one of the original residents of the home Samantha and Jay inhabit. “This season,” she said, “Alberta’s going to be in her shenanigans.”
Ranking as both the #1 comedy series on Paramount+ and CBS’ most-streamed program, per Nielsen and CBS, Ghosts also stars Brandon Scott Jones, Richie Moriarty, Asher Grodman, Román Zaragoza, and Devan Chandler Long. CBS Studios produces in association with Lionsgate Television and BBC Studios’ Los Angeles production arm. In addition to Port and Wiseman, EPs include Mathew Baynton, Jim Howick, Simon Farnaby, Laurence Rickard, Ben Willbond and Martha Howe-Douglas; Alison Carpenter, Debra Hayward and Alison Owen (Monumental Television); and Angie Stephenson (BBC Studios).
Fronted by Eddie Murphy, Tracee Ellis Ross and Jillian Bell, Candy Cane Lane tells the story of a man on a mission to win his neighborhood’s annual Christmas home decoration contest. Hudlin directed from a script by Kelly Younger, with Ken Marino, Nick Offerman, Robin Thede, and Chris Redd among those rounding out the cast.
Murphy and Charisse Hewitt-Webster produced for Eddie Murphy Productions, along with Brian Grazer and Karen Lunder for Imagine Entertainment. Doug Merrifield served as executive producer on the pic, which debuts on Prime Video December 1st. View Pinnock’s comments from tonight’s red carpet below.