9:45am PT by Lesley Goldberg
Utkarsh Ambudkar Set as Male Lead in CBS Comedy Pilot 'Ghosts'
CBS is picking up where it left off with its comedy pilot Ghosts.
Pitch Perfect alum Utkarsh Ambudkar has nabbed the male lead in the single-camera comedy pilot from Joe Port and Joe Wiseman.
Based on the British series, the comedy revolves around a struggling young couple whose dreams come true when they inherit a beautiful country house — only to find it’s both falling apart and inhabited by many of the deceased previous residents.
Ambudkar will play the husband, a talented chef with a love of nerdom. He stars opposite iZombie alum Rose McIver, who will portray Samantha, a freelance journalist and put-together Type-A personality who loves fun — though not as much as she loves planning to have it. Brando Scott Jones co-stars as Isaac, a long-winded Militiaman and statesman who died in the late 1700s of dysentery.
New Girl alums Port and Wiseman will pen the script and exec produce the comedy, which hails from Lionsgate Television, BBC Studios and CBS TV Studios. Mathew Baynton, Jim Howick, Simon Farnaby, Laurence Rickard, Ben Willbond, Martha Howe-Douglas, Monumental TV's Alison Carpenter, Debra Hayward and Alison Owen, and BBC Studios' Angie Stephenson also exec produce.
Ambudkar's credits include Free Guy, Brittany Runs a Marathon and Freestyle Love Supreme. On the TV side, he has had roles in The Mindy Project and White Famous. He's repped by Gersh, 3 Arts and Jackoway Tyerman.
Ghosts is one of multiple CBS pilots still in contention. The network this season ordered eight comedy pilots, only one of which — Chuck Lorre's B Positive — was able to complete production before the coronavirus pandemic effectively canceled pilot season. CBS has already ordered B Positive to series and passed over multicam Fun, starring Becki Newton and Michael Urie. While NBC and ABC have identified a handful of their pilots that will begin filming once it's safe to do so, CBS has yet to identify its frontrunners.