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Ghosts UK to get a US airing on CBS

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In a surprising twist of fate, American views are getting a run of the UK version of the show. 

The glorious Ghosts continues to be a homegrown sitcom delight, with its fifth and final series airing later this year.

Starring Charlotte Ritchie and Kiell Smith-Bynoe as Alison and Mike, who inherit the tumbledown Button House, the show has made stars of their spectral housemates. Mathew Baynton, Simon Farnaby, Martha Howe-Douglas, Jim Howick, Laurence Rickard and Ben Willbond all write the show, as well serving as its executive producers.

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Of course, the show has also been successfully exported to America. That version stars Rose McIver and Utkarsh Ambudkar, with a similar set up and their own amusing gaggle of ghosts.

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Ghosts US has been a hit too, notching up 40 episodes across two seasons. It has a third coming too, however production has stalled due to the ongoing WGA and SAG-AFTRA strikes.

As a remedy, broadcaster CBS plans to fill its schedules by showing the UK version of the show. According to the news we picked up via Collider, CBS are leaning into the contrast too. Each instalment of Ghosts UK will be paired with a re-run from the US series. Of course, this pattern can only last so long; the British version only runs to four, six-episode series. Plus a couple of Christmas specials.

It’s a far cry from the BBC’s approach. When they acquired the first season of the US series, they dropped it on iPlayer and rolled it out quietly on BBC Three.

It will be fascinating to see what American viewers make of the comparison.