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Fall TV First Impression: Ghosted

The broadcast networks have nearly 20 shows debuting this fall, including CBS’ S.W.A.T. reboot, The CW’s new Dynasty and NBC’s look at Brave heroes. To help you prep for it all, TVLine is offering First Impressions of the not-for-review pilots.

Next up on our list….

THE SHOW | Fox’s Ghosted (Sundays at 8:30/7:30c, premiere date TBA)

THE COMPETITION | NBC’s Sunday Night Football, CBS’ Wisdom of the Crowd (new) and ABC’s To Tell the Truth

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THE CAST | Adam Scott (Parks and Recreation), Craig Robinson (The Office), Ally Walker (Sons of Anarchy) and Adeel Akhtar (The Night Manager)

THE SET-UP | Executive producers Scott and Robinson play Max Jennifer and Leroy Wright, an ostracized college professor and disgraced cop who are recruited to help the paranormal-investigating Bureau Underground (led by Walker) track down an MIA agent — “all while uncovering a larger mystery that could threaten the existence of the human race.”

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THE FIRST IMPRESSION | Apologies to everyone at my gym last night, because I let slip multiple howls of inappropriately loud laughter while watching Ghosted on the treadmill. Scott and Robinson have a great chemistry as the “believer” nerd and skeptical sleuth, and their capers have a Beverly Hills Cop energy/thrill to them (even accompanied by a Harold Faltermeyer-like score). Populating the Bureau, Walker is authoritative without being officious, while Akhtar brings an infectious glee. (A third staffer is being recast.)

Note: Despite the series’ title, the initial investigation is not into Slimer-like specters but the multi-verse — though there is very much of that Ghostbusters/”Can you believe what we’re seeing?!” humor/chills.

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THE TVLINE BOTTOM LINE | In recent years, Fox is 1-for-5 in launching live-action comedies on Sunday night, and there’s really no formula for guessing what will succeed. (For example, both The Last Man on Earth and Making History paired familiar faces with noisy hooks, yet the latter was one-and-done.) Ghosted though might scare up decent numbers, vying with a game show and a CBS noob for the non-football crowd.

Watch the trailer for Ghosted, then vote in our poll below.

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21 Comments
  1. Scott says:

    I’ll check it out on non-Giants SNF nights. After all, something’s gonna have to fill that 8:30 void left by Once Upon a Time’s move to Fridays

  2. Steven says:

    I was unsure about the trailer, but this cast is stellar and reviews seem to be good.

  3. Isaac says:

    Actually it’s 1 of 5: Mulaney, Last Man on Earth, Cooper Barrett, Son of Zorn and Making History

    • Matt Webb Mitovich says:

      Ha, good point Cooper Barrett was around so short a time, it didn’t show on any of my charts!

  4. RAH says:

    I am totally in. I love Craig Robinson and would watch him in anything.

  5. fernando933 says:

    I think this will be a break out comedy hit this year and have more seasons to come

  6. Gerald says:

    Saw it at ATX. It is great. Love the mixing of the genres.

  7. kate says:

    I’m curious about this, Sunday nights in the 8 hour no longer have anything holding my interest with OUAT moving. As far as I know CBS is holding a death grip over Patriot games this season so there is only one or two games on Sunday night.

  8. JG says:

    I would follow Adam Scott just about anywhere…but a hilarious spoof on the paranormal genre (which I also adore) – I am SO in!

  9. Liz says:

    It’s rare that a trailer makes me laugh out loud, and this one did – multiple times! Definitely going on my list.

  10. Lauren says:

    The trailer feels so much like a movie, I have trouble picturing it as a lasting series. But I love both of the main actors.

  11. Joey Padron says:

    I’m looking forward to see this show cause of Adam and Craig.

  12. kmw says:

    I so want this one to succeed because FOX has huge problems with their non animation comedies. I love both Adam Scott and Robinson. But this being FOX and all I don’t how well it will do. Hope for the best with this one

  13. A says:

    This looks like my new favorite show

  14. Gospino says:

    At least it has a relatively original idea for a comedy. Could be okay.

  15. Ally Oop says:

    Pass. Premise doesnt interest me.

  16. herman1959 says:

    I’ll give it a try for the cast, although I’m really hard on new comedies. Scott and Robinson should be very funny together.

  17. jph_gsg says:

    I really thought this show was about online dating.

  18. Troy says:

    I’ll never forget what they did to “Good guys” ! #whatwoulddanstarkdo

  19. Not sure. It has some things that could be funny but have seen it before — Ghostbusters added to Doctor Who added to Chuck.

  20. Sorry — I can’t take To Tell the Truth. Panthers football or me and maybe Cable???