Ghostwriter
Logo for the Ghostwriter television series.
Genre
Written byLuke Matheny
Directed byLuke Matheny
Starring
  • Isaac Arellanes (seasons 1-2)
  • Amadi Chapata (seasons 1-2)
  • Justin Sanchez (seasons 1-2)
  • Hannah Levinson (seasons 1-2)
ComposersErica Procunier
Janal Bechthold
Sasha Gordon
Country of origin
  • United States
  • Canada
Original languageEnglish
No. of seasons2
No. of episodes26 (list of episodes)
Production
Executive producers
  • J.J. Johnson
  • Andrew Orenstein
  • Christin Simms
Production locationsHamilton, Ontario
Running time22–26 minutes
Production companies
Release
Original networkApple TV+
Picture formatDolby Vision HDR
Audio formatDolby Digital 5.1
Original releaseNovember 1, 2019 (2019-11-01) –
present
Chronology
Preceded byGhostwriter

Ghostwriter is a children's mystery television series produced by Sesame Workshop and Sinking Ship Entertainment as an original series for Apple TV+, and premiered on November 1, 2019, coinciding with the launch of the service. It is a revival of the 1992–1995 series of the same name.[1] On August 29, 2022, it was announced the third season will premiere on October 21, 2022 and will have a new cast.[2]

Premise

Ruben struggles to fit in at his new middle school after he and his mother relocate to live with his grandfather, a recent widower, above the bookstore he owns. Ruben, his classmates Chevon and Curtis, and Curtis's younger sister Donna are at the store one day when they encounter an entity they later dub "Ghostwriter." Ghostwriter communicates with written messages and by creating manifestations of fictional characters, all of which only the four children can perceive. As they become friends and learn to work as a team, Ghostwriter sends them characters from stories with themes relevant to their lives.[3]

Cast and characters

Main

Episodes

SeasonEpisodesOriginally aired
First airedLast aired
113November 1, 2019 (2019-11-01)May 1, 2020 (2020-05-01)
213October 9, 2020 (2020-10-09)May 7, 2021 (2021-05-07)

Season 1 (2019–20)

No.
overall
No. in
season
TitleDirected byWritten byOriginal release date [4]
1
2
1
2
"Ghost in Wonderland"Luke MathenyAndrew OrensteinNovember 1, 2019 (2019-11-01)
Four children have to come together after a strange ghost starts leaving them messages only they can see. Things get even weirder when a talking white rabbit starts running amok in school.
The children try to find the released Wonderland characters, convinced that doing so would satisfy the ghost that's been haunting them.
3
4
3
4
"The Jungle Ghost"Michael MohanLauren ThompsonNovember 1, 2019 (2019-11-01)
After the ghost asks for help on the bookstore's typewriter, the children find Mowgli and learn that they, too, can understand animals while he's near.
Mowgli has run away, along with all the dogs from the shelter. Finding him is the only way to return him to the book, along with learning what secret the stray cat Spinozi knows about Ruben's grandmother.
5
6
7
5
6
7
"The Wild, Wild Ghost"Aprill WinneyMark BlutmanNovember 1, 2019 (2019-11-01)
A strange cowboy called the Camarillo Kid has moseyed into town, and he's hiding from a mean cowboy known as Hitch.
Hitch is following the children to find the Camarillo Kid, but is he really the bad guy? Or is the Camarillo Kid really not that nice?
The kids discover that the characters escaped from a science fiction book instead of a classic western. Now that they have the book, they just need to track down the characters, and figure out what lock fits the mysterious key.
8
9
10
8
9
10
"A Sparkly Ghost"Luke MathenyLuke MathenyMay 1, 2020 (2020-05-01)
A young girl named Raine gets pulled out of her own book thanks to her powers to see "sparkles", solidified memories of people. The kids use her powers to find out what Grandma was doing back in 1972.
Ruben tracks down Fi and asks her questions about his grandmother.
In trying to find the inheritance Grandma supposedly got from Aunt Sadie, the boys get themselves trapped inside a sparkle.
11
12
13
11
12
13
"Franken-Ghost"Jonathan JudgeAminta GoyelMay 1, 2020 (2020-05-01)
During a dress rehearsal as Caliban, Frankenstein's monster confuses Ruben for a real monster.
The kids try to convince Dr. Frankenstein that making a friend for The Monster is a good idea.
The second monster is wreaking havoc around town, and normal people can see her. How can they get everyone back into the book and fix everything?

Season 2 (2020–21)

No.
overall
No. in
season
TitleDirected byWritten byOriginal release date [4]
14
15
1
2
"The Ghostly Paintbrush"Melanie OrrLevi AbrinoOctober 9, 2020 (2020-10-09)
Reuben's paintings start to materialize in real life.
All of the paintbrush's creations are starting to backfire, and the paintbrush is still missing. How can they fix everything?
16
17
3
4
"Ghost Cab"Mars HorodyskiJoanna QuraishiOctober 9, 2020 (2020-10-09)
While looking for the characters believed to be released from The Cobalt Mask, a strange cabbie stalls his car across from the bookstore.
Learning that Frank is actually a spy, the kids follow him to the end of his route.
18
19
20
5
6
7
"The Case Of The Missing Ghost"Stephen ReynoldsAminta GoyelOctober 9, 2020 (2020-10-09)
Gender-flipped versions of Sherlock and Watson show up at the bookstore, and help narrow down the identity of Mason Briggs.
Upset at learning Shirl Holmes is still alive, Watson decides to leave her on her own to solve the case.
Holmes and Watson help narrow down the location of Mason Briggs's house as seen from the vision in "A Sparkly Ghost".
21
22
23
8
9
10
"Ghost Castaways"J.J. JohnsonJ.J. Johnson & Christin SimmsMay 7, 2021 (2021-05-07)
24
25
26
11
12
13
"The Ghost Writer"Luke MathenyMackenzie MooreMay 7, 2021 (2021-05-07)

Production

Development

On September 10, 2019, it was announced that Apple had picked up the revival of the 1992 series Ghostwriter. The series was written and directed by Luke Matheny, and is executive produced by J.J. Johnson, Andrew Orenstein, and Christin Simms.[1]

Filming

Principal photography and videography of the series commenced in December 2018, and concluded during Summer 2019. Filming took place in Hamilton, Ontario.[5]

Bonus videos

On March 5, 2021, it was announced that a series of bonus videos called Ghostwriter: Beyond the Page, would premiere on April 1, 2021.[6]

Reception

Critical reception

On Rotten Tomatoes, season one of Ghostwriter has a 100% approval rating, with an average score of 9.5/10 based on 6 reviews.[7]

Accolades

Year Award Category Recipient(s) Result Ref.
2020 Daytime Emmy Awards Outstanding Special Effects Costume. Make Up and Hairstyling Kristin Somborac, Liz Roelands, Lynda McCormack Nominated [8]
Outstanding Costume Design/Styling Kristin Somborac Nominated
Outstanding Cinematography George Lajtai Nominated
Outstanding Lighting Direction George Lajtai Nominated
Outstanding Directing for a Children's or Young Adult Program Luke Matheny, Michael Mohan, Aprill Winney Nominated
Outstanding Sound Editing for a Live Action Program Sean Karp, Noah Siegel, William Preventis, John Sievert Nominated
Outstanding Main Title and Graphic Design for a Live Action Program J.J. Johnson, Matthew J.R. Bishop, Stephen Curran, Daryl Shail, Nial McFadyen Nominated
Outstanding Writing for a Children's or Young Adult Program Andrew Orenstein, Levi Abrino, Joanna Quraishi, Lauren Thompson, Mark Blutman Nominated
Outstanding Children's or Family Viewing Program J.J. Johnson, Blair Powers, Christin Simms, Kay Wilson Stallings, Luke Matheny, Andrew Orenstein, Matthew J.R. Bishop, Carla de Jong, Melanie Grisanti, Jordan Geary, Aminta Goyel, Lauren Thompson, Sari Friedland and Mark Blutman Won
Directors Guild of America Outstanding Directing – Children's Programs Luke Matheny (for "Ghost in Wonderland, Part 1”) Nominated [9]
Imagen Foundation Awards Best Young Actor - Television Isaac Arellanes Nominated [10]
Best Young Actor - Television Justin Sanchez Nominated
Venice TV Awards Best Children / Youth Series Ghostwriter Nominated [11]
Writers Guild of Canada Screenwriting Awards Children’s Andrew Orenstein (for “Ghost in Wonderland, Part 1”) Nominated [12]
2021 Daytime Emmy Awards Outstanding Art Direction/Set Decoration/Scenic Design for a Drama or Daytime Fiction Program Nominated [13]
Outstanding Hairstyling for a Drama or Daytime Fiction Program Nominated
Outstanding Lighting Direction for a Drama or Daytime Fiction Program Nominated
Outstanding Music Direction and Composition for a Daytime Program Erica Procunier, Sasha Gordon Nominated
Outstanding Sound Mixing and Editing for a Drama or Daytime Fiction Program Sean W. Karp, Noah Siegel, Andrew Wright, Jason Charbboneau, Stefan Fraticelli, Ron Mellegers, Randy Wilson, Brandon Bak, Teddy Salas, Igor Bezuglov, David Guerra, William Preventis Nominated

References

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  2. ^ Haring, Bruce (August 29, 2022). "Apple TV+ Sets Kids & Family Fall Slate Spotlighting Animated Series, Live Action Lineup". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved August 29, 2022.
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  4. ^ a b "Ghostwriter - Episodes". Apple TV+ Press. Apple Inc. Retrieved February 2, 2021.
  5. ^ "Ghostwriter: The Apple TV+ series that saved Hamilton bookseller". The Hamilton Spectator. Metroland Media Group Ltd. February 11, 2020. ISSN 1189-9417. Retrieved February 2, 2021.
  6. ^ Meaghan Darwish (March 5, 2021). "Apple TV+ Spring Shows to Include 'It's the Easter Beagle, Charlie Brown' and a 'Ghostwriter' Spinoff". TV Insider. Retrieved May 7, 2021.
  7. ^ "Ghostwriter (2019): Season 1". Rotten Tomatoes. Retrieved April 2, 2021.((cite web)): CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  8. ^ Montgomery, Daniel (July 27, 2020). "2020 Daytime Emmy winners: Full list of nominees and winners in all categories". Gold Derby. Retrieved February 11, 2021.((cite web)): CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  9. ^ Schneider, Michael (January 6, 2020). "Directors Guild TV Awards Unveil Longform, Documentary, Variety, Reality, Kids 2020 Nominations". Variety. Retrieved February 11, 2021.((cite web)): CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  10. ^ Evans, Greg (August 5, 2020). "Imagen Awards For Latinx Representation Sets Nominees: 'One Day At A Time', 'I Carry You With Me' On Roster – Complete List". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved February 11, 2021.((cite web)): CS1 maint: url-status (link)
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