Fox has ordered six more episodes of freshman action paranormal comedy Ghosted, bringing the Season 1 total to 16 episodes. As part of the pickup, former The Office executive producer/showrunner Paul Lieberstein has been brought in as executive producer/showrunner for the Back 6. Kevin Etten, who served as executive producer/showrunner on the first 10 episodes, is exiting.
There is no official decision yet on Fox’s well received new Marvel drama series The Gifted. Like space dramedy The Orville, it is eying a second-season renewal.
Ghosted, starring Craig Robinson and Adam Scott and created by Tom Gormican, was a hot package last development season. The project sailed through pilot season as the frontrunner on the comedy side and landed on the fall schedule with a Sunday slot. It was given a 10-episode order because of Fox’s fall needs, dictated by frequent preemptions. Ghosted has been a modest ratings performer though, according to Fox, it has improved its year-ago time period by +6% and ranks as the No.2 new comedy series in adults 18-49 this fall, behind CBS’ Young Sheldon, with a 1.7 Live+7 rating.
I hear the network had been looking for a tonal shift on the show, seeking to ground it as more of a workplace comedy, resulting in the hire of a new showrunner with extensive workplace comedy experience to land a back order. In addition to his lengthy stint on The Office, which he joined right after the pilot, Lieberstein also served as executive producer on HBO’s The Newsroom.
Ghosted is produced by 20th Century Fox Television. Craig Robinson, Adam Scott, Naomi Scott, Mark Schulman, Oly Obst, Paul Lieberstein and Gormican serve as executive producers. Jonathan Krisel directed the pilot episode, on which he also served as an executive producer.