An eerie beep! ghosts It’s not your typical sitcom, but the transformations of the actors on the show are just part of the fun.
The CBS series, which premieres in October 2021, follows married couple Sam (mclar pink) and Jay (Utkarsh Ambudkar) after inheriting an estate. The pair plan to turn the historic house into a bed and breakfast, but their situation becomes more complicated when Sam has a near-death experience at the house and suddenly gains the ability to see the ghosts that live there.
Spirit personalities range from a Viking to a Prohibition-era singer to a flower child. Their lore (and their costumes!) span centuries since they all died on the estate and failed to pass through the afterlife over the years.
joe wiseman explained in October 2021 how he and fellow showrunner joe port created the ghost characters.
“The first thing we did was look at the macro and think about the American archetypes and what kind of characters were they from what period,” Wiseman said. entertainment tonight at the time. “We kind of landed in the Northeast, where the Hudson Valley is and where the show is, because we felt like it had American history embedded in it.”
One character, in particular, dictated the backstory for the entire show, as the executive producers set out to include Thorfinn, played by Devan Chandler Long.
“One thing we decided early on that we wanted was a Viking,” Wiseman recalled. “And we thought he would be a fun character to have. That forced us a bit in terms of placement because we did a lot of research for all the characters. We wanted things to be as historically accurate as possible because it’s just as easy to be accurate and funny as it is to make stuff up.”
After “a lot of research on the Vikings,” the creative team discovered that some were sailing “up the coast of Canada and doing exploration missions inland,” Wiseman said. “So it seemed certain that one would be in the Hudson Valley.”
The key to the show’s charm was building a diverse cast of undead characters. “The fact that these people who would never have met in real life are from different kinds of people, from different kinds of places, but also from different times who were literally not even alive at the same time,” Port told the outlet. . “It’s a very interesting world where, although they are very different, because they are forced to be together, they become friends and learn a lot from each other.”
Scroll through the gallery below to see what the stars of ghosts look like in real life: