Ghost Whisperer title card
|Format||Supernatural / Fantasy / Thriller / Procedural drama|
|Created by||John Gray|
Jennifer Love Hewitt
and Camryn Manheim
Aisha Tyler (2005-2006)
Jay Mohr (2006-2008)
|Country of origin||United States|
|No. of seasons||5|
|No. of episodes||101 (List of episodes)|
|Executive producer(s)||Jennifer Love Hewitt
|Running time||approx. 43 minutes|
|Production company(s)||Sander/Moses Productions (2005–)
Touchstone Television (2005–2007)
ABC Studios (2007–)
Paramount Television (2005–2006)
CBS Paramount Television (2006–2009)
CBS Television Studios (2009–)
|Picture format||480i (SDTV),
|Original run||September 23, 2005 – present|
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, Melinda helps them pass over to the other side by working as an owner of an antique store, sometimes dealing with people who push her away, and disbelieve her ability. The show was created by John Gray and is produced by Sander/Moses Productions, in association with ABC Studios and CBS Television Studios.
American ancillary rights are held by CBS, while ABC holds ancillary rights elsewhere.
Ghost Whisperer is a series that follows the life of Melinda Gordon, a young woman from the fictional town of Grandview who has the ability to see and communicate with the dead. Melinda lives with her husband Jim, and is the owner of an antique shop. 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, a metaphor presented by the show as its concept of the equivalent of Heaven. Those who died after accumulating more sin than merit are led into an afterlife of restlessness. To seek redress, these spirits appear through an intermediary Melinda Gordon and she works with them to create a more favorable spiritual balance with those still living. Once the imbalance between merit and sin has been restored to a favorable plane, the spirits can then proceed to what is indeed their final resting place.
The First Season introduces Romano, a former cult leader from Europe who influenced his followers to commit a mass suicide in 1930. His own suicide transformed him into an earth-bound negative entity. Romano attempts to do the exact opposite of Melinda and gather earthbound souls and prevent them from crossing over into the Light. Also, Melinda suffers a huge personal loss at the end of the season.
In the Second Season, Melinda meets Delia Banks, her son Ned Banks, and Professor Rick Payne, all of whom, by season's end, come to learn of Melinda's power, with contrasting reactions, although Delia remains slightly skeptical. The second season revolves around the thinning veil between the living and the dead. Melinda meets a man whose arrival in Grandview sets the final events of a disastrous prophecy in motion, and the strengthening of the dark side over the Light, which may result in the death of a loved one.
In the Third Season, Melinda searches in her family history for answers as she gets closer and closer to learning the secret of her gift, her childhood, and her father.
In the Fourth Season Melinda meets Eli James after a fire at Rockland University, who after his near-death experience, develops the ability to listen to ghosts. Melinda also says goodbye to her close friend Rick Payne, who leaves Grandview on a research trip for the university.
In the Fifth Season, we are introduced to Jim and Melinda's son, Aiden Lucas. Melinda fears that her son will be in great danger, because he seems to be more powerful than she is. He can see the 'shinies and the shadows'.
Ghost Whisperer is based on the work of "Spirit Communicator" James Van Praagh, who is co-executive producer and regularly updates a blog about the show through LivingTV. The stories are also said to be based in part on the work of "Spirit Communicator" Mary Ann Winkowski. Development of the show dates back to at least two years before its premiere.
The show is currently produced by Sander/Moses Productions in association with CBS Television Studios (originally Paramount Network Television in season one and CBS Paramount Network Television in seasons two and three) and ABC Studios (originally Touchstone Television in the first two seasons).
The show is 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 portray Grandview. For example, the clock tower present in Back to the Future has been completely covered up. Cast and crew members also believe that the set gets visits from real spirits.
Sound effects are completed at Smart Post Sound. Visual effects for the pilot and some season 1 episodes were completed at Flash Film Works. Visual effects for nearly the entire series have been created at Eden FX.
Ghost Whisperer was originally produced by Paramount Television and Touchstone Television.
The show's title is a reference to the main character Melinda Gordon (portrayed by Jennifer Love Hewitt), who lives in the town of Grandview, New York with her husband Jim (David Conrad), a medic from Mercy Hospital.
Creator John Gray grew up in Brooklyn, New York, which is not far from Grandview-On-Hudson, west of the Hudson River. Piermont is referenced often in episodes as the neighboring town, which is accurate to real life as Grandview-On-Hudson is actually located just north of Piermont. And Professor Rick Payne worked in the fictional "Rockland University", and coincidentally, the actual Grandview, New York is a village located in Rockland County, New York.
The first season premiered on September 23, 2005 and ended on May 6, 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. time slot. (Eastern US Time) The third season premiered September 28, 2007. Due to the writers strike 12 episodes were completed before the strike. However, once the strike ended, CBS had announced that the show would return April 4, 2008 with 6 episodes. On February 15, 2008, CBS renewed Ghost Whisperer for a fourth season. For the fourth season, Jamie Kennedy would join the cast as the psychology professor Eli James and Jay Mohr would be leaving after appearing in the first episode as his character Professor Rick Payne takes a sabbatical (Mohr took a role in Gary Unmarried). Previously recurring cast member Christoph Sanders also joined as a regular cast member. The fourth season of Ghost Whisperer premiered on Friday, October 3, 2008 and concluded on May 15, 2009. The season consisted of 23 episodes. It was announced in an interview by P.K. Simonds with E! Online that Ghost Whisperer will return for a 5th Season.
The opening sequence showcases the work of Maggie Taylor
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 WE TV. Episodes began airing in Summer 2009 on ION, and in Fall 2009 on SyFy and WE.
Ghost Whisperer: The Other Side A series of webisodes entitled Ghost Whisperer: The Other Side have been 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 Marc trying to help his high school crush Olivia find true love as her ex soon to be husband does not love her.
andshamethedevil.net andshamethedevil.net is a site linked to Ghost Whisperer. The site is mentioned in the Season 3 premiere. By visiting the site and clicking on the word 'bloody', it leads to another site rubloodymary.com 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."
rubloodymary.com rubloodymary.com is mentioned in episode 302—"Don't Try This At Home"—which prominently features the Bloody Mary Urban Legend. When visiting rubloodymary.com if you click and hold down anywhere on the main page and scrub you can erase the image, revealing another image underneath that reads "...until she is trapped underground." Above that there is a countdown timer that, doing the math, counts down to Friday, October 26, 2007, episode 3.05 of Ghost Whisperer aired that night.
Other features: There is a stories link that takes you to a book with a Bloody Mary tale in it. The very last line reads "I hope she doesn't go into the church."
Finally, there is an email address to which to connect, and several links, some to the Ghost Whisperer Myspace page and ghostwhisperer.com and one that links back to andshamethedevil.net which is another secret Ghost Whisperer site.
penthius.info In the series, the Penthius site 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 has been up since February 2008. The site description reads: "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.
|# Eps||Season Premiere||Season Finale||Rank||Rating/share
|Season 1||22||September 23, 2005||May 5, 2006||#47||2.9/10||10.20|
|Season 2||22||September 22, 2006||May 11, 2007||#44||3.0/10||9.90|
|Season 3||18||September 28, 2007||May 16, 2008||#64||3.0/9||8.61|
|Season 4||23||October 3, 2008||May 15, 2009||#34||3.7/10||10.62|
|Season 5||22||September 25, 2009||May 2010||TBA||TBA||TBA|
Season 4 first run episodes of Ghost Whisperer won their time slot every week this season in viewers, and across all age demographics, including the coveted 18–49 age bracket, and also usually won the night for CBS as the most watched show on Friday nights.
A Feb. 28 episode earned 11.54 million viewers and placed the show at the No. 15 spot in the Nielsen ratings beating out hit shows like Lost and The Amazing Race. Fourteen episodes from Season 4 surpassed 10 million viewers and seven surpassed 11 million viewers, a feat in and of itself on what is considered the Friday night death slot.
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|
(September 30, 2008)
|Doranna Durgin||A ghost brings his killer upon Melinda, but can the ghost stop the person before it is to late?||Season 2+|
(October 15, 2008)
|Carrie Smith, Becca Smith||A ghost claiming to be the Egyptian God Osiris arrives in Grandview with the intent of creating darkness which would prevent Melinda from helping other ghosts.||Season 2+|
(November 25, 2008)
|Steven Piziks||Melinda has trouble crossing some ghosts over into the light, enter new Ghost Whisperer Wendy King. Melinda becomes upset when she learns of that Wendy requires fees and traps the ghosts forcing them into the light against their will. Andrea is featured in the novel, making it before the finale events of season one.||Season 1+|
(March 31, 2009)
|Doranna Durgin||When the bank repossesses her storefront, a would-be ghost whisperer decides to possess it right back. After years of manipulating people with fake readings, she finally proves her validity by amassing a horde of ghosts—but they-ve been taken against their will. When Melinda is inundated with desperate cries for help, she discovers the ghost trap, and its wicked warden. Will she find a way to help the disillusioned ghosts cross over, or has the old woman already manipulated them into sticking around . . . for good?||Season 2+|
(July 29, 2009)
|Barbara Randall Kesel||They call her their muse, but this goddess of art is killing artists, not just inspiring them. Can Melinda Gordon help cross over spirits who don't want to abandon their goddess?||Season 2+|
(November 25, 2008)
|A guide to communicating with ghosts in the real world as well as a guide to the show. Includes interviews, photos, and an episode summary.|
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. Available in early 2010, Ghost Whisperer: Shadowlands will debut on the PC and include characters and themes from the show.
|Australia||Ghost Whisperer||Seven Network|
|Croatia||Šaptačica duhovima||Ghost Whisperer||HRT|
|Croatia||Šaptačica duhovima||Ghost Whisperer||Fox Life|
|Slovenia||Šepetalka duhov||Ghost Whisperer||TV3|
|Argentina||Ghost Whisperer||Sony Entertainment Television|
|Austria||Ghost Whisperer — Stimmen aus dem Jenseits||Voices from Beyond||ORF 1|
|Belgium (Flemish/Dutch)||Ghost Whisperer||Punt.|
|Belgium (Flemish/Dutch)||Ghost Whisperer||VTM|
|Belgium (Walloon/French)||Ghost Whisperer: Melinda entre deux mondes||Ghost Whisperer: Melinda between two worlds||PlugTV|
|Belize||Ghost Whisperer||Great Belize Television (Channel 5)|
|Belize||Ghost Whisperer||Tropical Vision Limited|
|Bosnia and Herzegovina||Šaptačica duhovima||OBN|
|Brazil||Ghost Whisperer||Sony Entertainment Television|
|Bulgaria||Шепот от отвъдното||A whisper from the beyond||AXN|
|Canada||Ghost Whisperer||CTV, CBC|
|Canada (French)||Melinda entre deux mondes||Melinda between two worlds||Ztélé|
|Chile||Ghost Whisperer||Sony Entertainment Television|
|Colombia||Ghost Whisperer||Sony Entertainment Television|
|Cyprus||Το Κάλεσμα Των Πνευμάτων (To Kalesma ton Pnevmaton)||The Call of the Spirits||RIK2
|Czech Republic||Posel ztracených duší||Messenger of Lost Souls||AXN|
|Denmark||Ghost Whisperer||Kanal 4|
|Ecuador||Almas Suspendidas||Suspended Souls|
|Fiji||Ghost Whisperer||Fiji One|
|Germany||Ghost Whisperer – Stimmen aus dem Jenseits||Voices from Beyond||Kabel 1|
Fox Life Greece
|Hong Kong||Ghost Whisperer||ATV World|
|India||Ghost Whisperer||STAR World|
|Indonesia||Ghost Whisperer||STAR World|
|Ireland||Ghost Whisperer||RTE One|
|Italy||Ghost Whisperer – Presenze||Ghost Whisperer – Presences||Rai Due / Foxlife|
|Israel||הלוחשת לרוחות||Ghost Whisperer||Yes stars Action|
|Latvia||Ēnu Čuksti||Whispers of the Shadows||LTV7|
|Lithuania||Dvasių Užkalbėtoja||Ghost Whisperer||LNK|
|Macedonia||Шепот на духови||The whisper of ghosts||Fox Life|
|Mexico||Almas Perdidas||Lost Souls||Azteca 7
Sony Entertainment Television
|The Netherlands||Ghost Whisperer||NET 5|
|New Zealand||Ghost Whisperer||TV2|
|Pakistan||Ghost Whisperer||Show Series
|Philippines||Ghost Whisperer||Studio 23|
|Philippines||Ghost Whisperer||Star World|
|Poland||Zaklinacz Dusz||The Ghost Charmer||Fox Life|
|Portugal||Em Contacto / Entre Vidas||In Contact / Between Lifes||Fox Life / SIC|
|Puerto Rico||Almas Suspendidas||Suspended Souls||WAPA-TV|
|Romania||Mesaje de dincolo||Messages from beyond||PRO TV
|Russia||Говорящая с призраками||Speaking with Ghosts||Fox Life
|Serbia||Saptacica Duhovima||Fox Life|
|Singapore||Ghost Whisperer||MediaCorp TV Channel 5|
|Slovakia||Spriaznení duchovia||STV (season 1)|
|Slovakia||Stratené duše||Lost Souls||TV JOJ (season 2+)||Slovenia||Šepetalka duhov||TV3|
|Spain||Entre Fantasmas||Among Ghosts||Cuatro (channel)
|Switzerland (French)||Ghost Whisperer||TSR|
|Switzerland (Italian)||TV4 AB|
|Thailand||เสียงกระซิบ มิติลี้ลับ||A whisperer form another dimension||Sci Fi|
|United Kingdom||Ghost Whisperer||E4 (Season 1)
Living (Season 1+)
Virgin 1 (Season 2+)
|United States||Ghost Whisperer||CBS|
|Venezuela||Voces del más allá||Voices from Beyond||Televen|
|Vietnam||Lời thì thầm của những bóng ma||Ghost Whisperer||VTV6|
|Saudi Arabia||Ghost Whisperer||Ghost Whisperer||MBC 4|
|Estonia||Kummituslausuja||Ghost Whisperer||Fox Life|
|2006||Academy of Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror Films||Best Actress on Television||Won||Jennifer Love Hewitt|
|Emmy Awards||Outstanding Main Title Design||Nominated|
|Kids' Choice Awards||Favorite Television Actress||Nominated||Jennifer Love Hewitt|
|Teen Choice Awards||TV—Choice Breakout Show||Nominated|
|Young Artist Awards||Best Performance in a Television Series (Comedy or Drama)—Guest Starring Young Actor||Won||Joseph Castanon|
|2007||Academy of Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror Films||Best Actress in a Television Program||Won||Jennifer Love Hewitt|
|Emmy Awards||Outstanding Music Composition for a Series (Original Dramatic Score)||Nominated||Episode: Love Never Dies|
|Teen Choice Awards||Choice TV Actress: Drama||Nominated||Jennifer Love Hewitt|
|2008||Academy of Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror Films||Best Actress on Television||Won||Jennifer Love Hewitt|
|TV Land Awards||Favorite Character from the "Other Side"||Nominated||Jennifer Love Hewitt|
|Young Artist Awards||Best Performance in a TV Series—Guest Starring Young Actress||Nominated||Jenna Boyd|
|2009||GLAAD Media Awards||Outstanding Individual Episode (in a series without a regular LGBT character)||Nominated||For episode "Slam".|
|Academy of Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror Films||Best Actress on Television||Nominated||Jennifer Love Hewitt|
|Visual Effects Society Award||Outstanding Visual Effects in a Broadcast Series||Nominated||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||Nominated||Episode 404 "Save Our Souls" / Claridon Ship Shots, Eric Hance|
|2010||Saturn Award||Best Series on Television||Nominated|
|Saturn Award||Best Actress on Television||Nominated||Jennifer Love Hewitt|
Melinda: You all need to cross over.
Romano: Oh really? I beg to differ, you can all stay right here!
Melinda: Yes, you can, but you shouldn't. There's nothing here for you anymore.
Romano: That's a lie! Your families are here, your friends, your homes. No one knows what's on the other side, why take that chance?
Melinda: You were all meant to move on, that's why you died.
Romano: You died because the plane crashed.
Melinda: The right thing to do is to cross over.
Romano: The right thing? How many of you have done the right thing? You, you're wife is dying, isn't she? You didn't take this job becuase you needed the hours, you took this job because you hated to see her sick, to see her suffer, because you just needed to get away. Don't feel so bad, I've done terrible things too, things you can't even imagine...just look around you. All in a days work for me. What if the only thing that's waiting for you on the other side of that light is judgement and punishment?
Melinda: What's waiting there is peace and forgiveness.
Romano: Really? Have you been?
Melinda: No, but I know it's true.
The Ghosts follow Romano.
Melinda: Wait a minute. No. Wait a minute! I have devoted my life to this! My grandmother devoted her life to this! I have crossed over hundreds of souls and now maybe, I don't know what's behind the light but I have seen the faces of the people that I've crossed over. I've seen there eyes and their smiles. I've seen them weep for joy. I've felt their peace. You just have to have a little faith, it's that simple. You're not alone and all of this was meant to be and the only thing I know for sure is that there is love there, love like you have never known here and you can't just turn away from that.