Ghost Whisperer


Ghost Whisperer Information

Ghost Whisperer is an American television supernatural drama, which ran on CBS from September 23, 2005, to May 21, 2010.

The series follows the life of Melinda Gordon (Jennifer Love Hewitt), who has the ability to see and communicate with ghosts. While trying to live as normal a life as possible"?she is married and owns an antique store"?Melinda helps earthbound spirits resolve their problems and cross over into the light, or the spirit world. Her tasks are difficult and at times she struggles with people who push her away and disbelieve her ability. In addition, the ghosts are mysterious and sometimes menacing in the beginning and Melinda must use the clues available to her to understand the spirits' needs and help them. The show was created by John Gray and was produced by Sander/Moses Productions, executive producer, and Jennifer Love Hewitt in association with ABC Studios and CBS Television Studios. On May 18, 2010, CBS canceled the show after five seasons.

Premise

Melinda Gordon is a young woman from the fictional town of Grandview, New York who has the ability to see and communicate with the dead. Melinda lives with her husband, Jim Clancy (David Conrad), and eventually her son, Aiden Lucas (Connor Gibbs). She owns a shop called "Same As It Never Was Antiques". Ghosts seek Melinda's help in relaying a message or completing a task that will put the spirit to rest, and allow them to cross over into the light. Those who died with unfinished business become earthbound and cannot cross over, and Melinda, as their earthly representative, helps them to find peace. The show does not present the ghosts as having sinned; rather it is the spirits' own guilt that condemns them, and their own fear of judgment that keeps them from "crossing over" into an afterlife.

The series also starred Aisha Tyler as Andrea Marino, Melinda's best friend who runs the antique shop with her. Andrea is tragically killed in the first season finale. During the second season, Melinda meets Delia Banks (Camryn Manheim), a struggling real estate agent who forms a friendship with Melinda and who eventually agrees to run the antique shop with her. Delia is shocked to find out about Melinda's abilities; in fact, at first she claims Melinda needs psychological help. Delia eventually accepts Melinda's gift, though she remains skeptical at times. Delia has a son named Ned Banks (Tyler Patrick Jones seasons 2-3, Christoph Sanders thereafter) who finds out about Melinda's gift long before his mother does.

Melinda also forms a friendship with Rick Payne (Jay Mohr), a professor at Rockland University. He helps Melinda solve the conflicts of ghosts throughout the second and third seasons. He departs in the fourth season premiere for an expedition in the Himalayas.

Production

Development

Ghost Whisperer is based on the work of James Van Praagh, who is co-executive producer. The stories are also said to be based in part on the work of Mary Ann Winkowski. Development of the show dates back to at least two years before its premiere.

The show was produced by Sander/Moses Productions in association with CBS Television Studios (originally Paramount Network Television in season one and ABC Studios (originally Touchstone Television in the first two seasons) and CBS Paramount Network Television in seasons two and three).

The show was filmed on the Universal Studios back lot in Los Angeles. One area on the lot is Courthouse Square from the Back to the Future trilogy, though it has been drastically modified to depict Grandview. For example, the clock tower in Back to the Future has been completely covered up. The front of Melinda and Jim's house is also the same set used by the Finch family in the film adaptation of To Kill A Mockingbird. Cast and crew members said they believed that the set got visits from real spirits. After the show's cancellation and shortly before the sets were torn down, Jennifer Love Hewitt filmed a tour demonstrating the ways in which the areas were different from those shown in the TV broadcast.

Sound effects were completed at Smart Post Sound. Visual effects for the pilot and some season one episodes were completed at Flash Film Works. Visual effects for nearly the entire series were created at Eden FX.

Creator John Gray grew up in Brooklyn, New York, which is not far from Grand View-On-Hudson (also called Grand View), west of the Hudson River. Piermont is often referenced in episodes as the neighboring town, which is accurate to real life as Grand View is actually located just north of Piermont. Professor Rick Payne worked at the fictional "Rockland University", and perhaps not coincidentally, the actual village of Grand View is a village located in Rockland County, New York.

Cast

Main article: List of Ghost Whisperer characters
Actor Role Seasons
1 2 3 4 5
Jennifer Love Hewitt Melinda Gordon Main
David Conrad Jim Clancy / Sam Lucas Main
Aisha Tyler Andrea Marino Main Guest Cameo
Jay Mohr Professor Rick Payne Recurring Main Guest
Camryn Manheim Delia Banks Main
Tyler Patrick Jones / Christoph Sanders Ned Banks Recurring Recurring Main
Jamie Kennedy Professor Eli James Main
Connor Gibbs Aiden Lucas Main

Broadcast

The first season premiered on September 23, 2005, and ended on May 5, 2006. It has received an average of 10.20 million viewers. Season two of Ghost Whisperer premiered on September 22, 2006, and ended on May 11, 2007, again airing Friday nights on CBS during the same timeslot. CBS officially renewed the show for a third season placing it in its regular Friday 8 p.m. ET time slot. The third season premiered September 28, 2007. Twelve episodes were completed before the Writers Guild of America strike, and once the strike ended, CBS had announced that the show would return April 4, 2008, with six episodes. On February 15, 2008, CBS renewed Ghost Whisperer for a fourth season. For the fourth season, Jamie Kennedy joined the cast as Psychology professor Eli James. Jay Mohr left after the first episode as the plot had his character, Professor Rick Payne, going on sabbatical (Mohr took a role in Gary Unmarried). Recurring cast member Christoph Sanders joined as a regular cast member. The fourth season of Ghost Whisperer premiered on Friday, October 3, 2008, and concluded on May 15, 2009, and consisted of 23 episodes. In an interview by P.K. Simonds with E! Online, it was announced that that Ghost Whisperer would return for a fifth season. CBS renewed Ghost Whisperer for the fifth season on May 20, 2009, which began airing on Friday, September 25, 2009, at 8pm ET and ran for 22 episodes.

Syndication

On May 5, 2008, it was announced that the first three seasons of Ghost Whisperer were purchased for $169.8 million ($700,000 per episode, per network) for syndication by SyFy, ION Television, and in Canada on August 31, 2009.

Cancellation

On May 18, 2010, citing rising costs and a decline in viewership, CBS announced that Ghost Whisperer would not be renewed for another season. ABC expressed interest in picking up Ghost Whisperer for Fall 2010; however, on May 27, 2010, Michael Ausiello reported that ABC had passed on renewing Ghost Whisperer for a sixth season.

Zap2it declared Ghost Whisperer is the second "most missed axed show" after a poll determined 19.0 percent of voters would miss it.

In October 2010, Jennifer Love Hewitt thanked the fans of the show for their support in a goodbye video (filmed in June, 2010), saying "Your love and support has meant everything to the cast and crew of Ghost Whisperer and we will all miss you guys very, very much. Go get our DVDs, think about us, miss us and know how much we all will miss you. Much love."

In January 2011, Hewitt told the press of her opinion about the cancellation, saying "When you've taken people on a journey for so long, the least you can do is give them a goodbye. For a show that was about unfinished business, we didn't get to finish."

Episodes, DVD releases and U.S. ratings

Main article: List of Ghost Whisperer episodes

Episodes in the first half of the fourth season won their time slot every week in viewers, and across all age demographics, including the 18"49 age bracket, and also usually won the night for CBS as the most-watched show on Friday nights. Furthermore, fourteen episodes from Season 4 surpassed 10 million viewers, with another seven surpassing 11 million viewers, a remarkable feat in what is considered the Friday night death slot.

Other media

Webisodes

Ghost Whisperer: The Other Side is a series of webisodes released on the Ghost Whisperer website. A total of eight webisodes were produced and extras (such as trailers and behind the scenes) are available for viewing. The story follows Zach (played by Mark Hapka), a young delivery boy who dies while delivering a package. He soon learns how to do things in the spirit world, and gets revenge on Danny, the man he thinks killed him, and his former best friend.

Melinda from the television series doesn't appear in the internet series as it takes place entirely in the spirit world. However, ghosts from the television series have appeared in some webisodes. In the second season finale of Ghost Whisperer, Zach made an appearance while trying to get help from Melinda before being taken into the Dark Side leaving the internet series in its own cliffhanger. The second season of The Other Side premiered on the LivingTV website on January 18, 2008. Season 3 deals with Zach trying to help his high school crush Olivia find true love as her ex soon to be husband does not love her.

Internet promotion

andshamethedevil.net is a site linked to Ghost Whisperer. The site is mentioned in the Season 3 premiere. By clicking on the star in the upper right hand corner, the site appears to crack into pieces. Those pieces can be moved by dragging, revealing this message: "Meet Me In The Underworld". Small type at the bottom of the page read the repeated words: "bloody mary. bloody mary. bloody mary." Also clicking on the word 'bloody', it leads to another site rubloodymary.com. There is a hidden message under the graphic. By holding down the mouse key and dragging it around, a new image will appear along with the message. andshamethedevil.net is no longer used as promotion for the show and has since been turned into an unrelated advertising blog, although rubloodymary.com can still be accessed by typing the address into an address box in an internet browser.

In the series, penthius.info is often used by Melinda to look up information about the families and ghosts that she is investigating in Grandview. A real world version of this site was created in February 2008. The site description read: "Penthius.Info is a free search engine and video super site based on the search engine in the television series The Ghost Whisperer with Jennifer Love Hewitt." It was first mentioned in a post on TV.com by misscalais, a fan who created the site to promote the show.

Video game

In July 2009, Legacy Interactive announced a licensing agreement with CBS Consumer Products to develop a video game based on the Ghost Whisperer television series. The game is set to debut on the PC and Mac and include characters and themes from the show. On November 1, 2010, a developer diary was posted on the game's website, detailing areas in the game and confirming that Melinda, Jim, Delia and Eli will feature. The release date, which was initially early 2010, was changed to 2011 and the subtitle announced in the original press release, Shadowlands, was dropped from the game. It was released on April 19, 2011, exclusively at Wal-Mart.

Awards and nominations

Year Group Award Result For
2006 Academy of Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror Films Best Actress on Television Jennifer Love Hewitt
Emmy Awards Outstanding Main Title Design
Kids' Choice Awards Favorite Television Actress Jennifer Love Hewitt
Teen Choice Awards TV"?Choice Breakout Show
Young Artist Awards Best Performance in a Television Series (Comedy or Drama)"?Guest Starring Young Actor Joseph Castanon
2007 Academy of Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror Films Best Actress in a Television Program Jennifer Love Hewitt
Emmy Awards Outstanding Music Composition for a Series (Original Dramatic Score) Episode: Love Never Dies
Teen Choice Awards Choice TV Actress: Drama Jennifer Love Hewitt
Young Artist Awards Best Performance in a TV Series"?Guest Starring Young Actress Jenna Boyd
2008 Academy of Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror Films Best Actress on Television Jennifer Love Hewitt
TV Land Awards Favorite Character from the "Other Side" Jennifer Love Hewitt
Young Artist Awards Best Performance in a TV Series"?Guest Starring Young Actress Isabelle Fuhrman
2009 GLAAD Media Awards Outstanding Individual Episode (in a series without a regular LGBT character) Episode: Slam
Emmy Awards Outstanding Special Visual Effects For A Series Episode: Ghost In The Machine
Outstanding Music Composition For A Series (original Dramatic Score) Episode: Leap Of Faith
Academy of Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror Films Best Actress on Television Jennifer Love Hewitt
Visual Effects Society Award Outstanding Visual Effects in a Broadcast Series Episode 403 "Ghost in the Machine""?Armen Kevorkian, Arthur J. Codron, Matt Scharf, & Stefan Bredereck
Visual Effects Society Award Outstanding Models and Miniatures in a Broadcast Program or Commercial Episode 404 "Save Our Souls" / Claridon Ship Shots, Eric Hance
2010 Saturn Award Best Series on Television
Saturn Award Best Actress on Television Jennifer Love Hewitt
Young Artist Awards Best Performance in a TV Series - Recurring Young Actress Madison Leisle
Young Artist Awards Guest Starring Young Actor 14 and Over Hunter Gomez
2011 Young Artist Awards Guest Starring Young Actress Ten and Under Joey King
Young Artist Awards Guest Starring Young Actor 14-17 Billy Unger
Young Artist Awards Guest Starring Young Actor 14-17 Joey Luthman
Young Artist Awards Guest Starring Young Actress Ten and Under Samantha Bailey
Young Artist Awards Reoccurring Young Actor Ten and Under Connor Gibbs

DVD releases

The Region 1 DVD releases are distributed by Paramount Home Entertainment/CBS DVD, while releases in all other regions are distributed by Walt Disney Studios Home Entertainment (formerly Buena Vista Home Entertainment).

Season Specifications Special features Release dates
1
  • 22 episodes
  • 6 discs
  • Video: Anamorphic widescreen 1.78:1 aspect ratio
  • Audio: Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround
  • No subtitles
  • Audio commentaries
  • Blooper reel
  • Deleted scenes
  • Two featurettes
  • Virtual tour: Grandview
  • Ghost Whisperer Mythology
  • Scare Tactics
Region 1
October 31, 2006
Region 2
July 9, 2007 (Europe)
April 23, 2008 (Japan)
Region 3
May 29, 2007 (Hong Kong)
June 19, 2007 (Korea)
Region 4
May 23, 2007 (Australia)
October 22, 2007 (Brazil)
2
  • 22 episodes
  • 6 discs
  • Video: Anamorphic widescreen 1.78:1 aspect ratio
  • Audio: Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround
  • Closed captioned
  • Audio commentaries
  • Behind-the-scenes featurettes
  • The Other Side webseries
  • Tarot cards
  • Music video
Region 1
September 18, 2007
Region 2
February 25, 2008
Region 3
April 8, 2008 (Hong Kong)
July 26, 2008 (Korea)
Region 4
April 2, 2008 (Australia)
September 12, 2008 (Brazil)
3
  • 18 episodes
  • 5 discs
  • Video: Anamorphic widescreen 1.78:1 aspect ratio
  • Audio: Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround
  • Closed captioned
  • Audio commentaries
  • Behind-the-scenes featurettes
  • The Other Side II web series
  • Interactive games
    • Interactive Haunted House
    • Interactive Mash up
    • Melinda's Haunted Diary
Region 1
September 2, 2008
Region 2
April 6, 2009
Region 3
March 3, 2009
Region 4
March 12, 2009 (Australia)
May 12, 2009 (Brazil)
4
  • 23 episodes
  • 6 discs
  • Video: Anamorphic widescreen 1.78:1 aspect ratio
  • Audio: Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround
  • Closed captioned
  • Audio commentaries
  • Behind-the-scenes featurettes
  • The Other Side III web series
Region 1
September 22, 2009
Region 2
March 1, 2010
Region 3
N/A
Region 4
March 9, 2010 (Australia)
May 12, 2010 (Brazil)
March 10, 2010 (Argentina)
5
  • 22 episodes
  • 6 discs
  • Video: Anamorphic widescreen 1.78:1 aspect limo
  • Audio: Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround
  • Closed captioned
  • Audio commentaries
  • Behind-the-scenes featurettes
  • Celebrating 100
  • A Triple Threat
  • A Season of Changes
  • The Other Side IV web series
  • Ghost Town
  • Ghosts of Rockland Memorial
Region 1
October 12, 2010
Region 2
March 21, 2011
Region 3
N/A
Region 4
March 2, 2011 (Australia)
TBA (Brazil)
TBA (Argentina)

International broadcasts

Country Network
Albania [[Vizion +]]
Argentina Sony Entertainment Television
Australia Seven Network (prime)
Austria ORF1
Belgium 2BE
Brazil Sony Entertainment Television
Bulgaria bTV (Season 1-3)
AXN (Seasons 1-2)
Fox Life (Seasons 1-5)
Canada CTV
ZTélé
Chile Sony Entertainment Television
Colombia Sony Entertainment Television
Costa Rica Sony Entertainment Television
Cyprus LTV
Denmark TV3 Puls
kanal 4
Ecuador Sony Entertainment Television
Estonia Fox Life
Finland Nelonen
France TF6
TF1
Germany ProSieben
kabel eins
sixx
Ghana Viasat 1
Greece NET (seasons 3-5)
ET1 (seasons 1-2)
FOXlife (seasons 1-5)
Hong Kong STAR World
Hungary AXN
TV2 (Hungary)
India STAR World
Indonesia STAR World
Ireland RT"? One
Israel Yes Action
Yes SCI FI
Italy Fox Life
Rai 2
Japan WOWOW
Kosovo Fox Life
Latvia Fox Life
Lithuania Fox Life
Macedonia A1
Malaysia STAR World
8TV
Mexico Sony Entertainment Television
Azteca 7
Televisa Regional
Netherlands NET 5
New Zealand TV2
Norway FEM_(TV_channel)
Pakistan STAR World
Paraguay Sony Entertainment Television
Peru Sony Entertainment Television
Philippines STAR World
Poland TVN (Poland)
TVN 7
Fox Life
Portugal SIC
Fox Life
Romania PRO TV
AXN
Russia Channel One
Singapore STAR World
Slovenia TV3 Slovenia
Serbia Fox Life
South Africa M-net
Spain Fox
Cuatro
FDF
Sweden TV4
Switzerland SF zwei
Taiwan STAR World
Thailand STAR World
Turkey CNBC-e
Ukraine [[1+1]]
Inter
United Arab Emirates Fox Series
OSN First
United Kingdom Sky Living
United States Ion Television
Uruguay Sony Entertainment Television
Venezuela Sony Entertainment Television



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