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Speaking with reporters Tuesday at the Television Critics Association summer press tour, the actress revealed she got a call asking her to come in to read for a part on the new Fox comedy Ghosted an hour after she learned that her NBC sitcom would not be returning for a fourth season.
“It was a lot of emotions that day,” she said with a laugh. “I was sad to let go of one thing, but I already knew what Ghosted was. I was familiar with the pilot from the pilot season.”
West said she had heard largely positive things about the project from her actor friends, which piqued her interest. “I came down and read with Adam [Scott] and it was a lot of fun. I was very excited to do it,” she said. “It was so different what I had been doing.”
Premiering this fall, the series centers on a cynical skeptic (The Office‘s Craig Robinson) and a genius “true believer” in the paranormal (Scott) who are recruited by The Bureau Underground to look into the rampant “unexplained” activity in Los Angeles — all while uncovering a larger mystery that could threaten the existence of the human race.
West joins the ensemble as Annie, a tech specialist who works at The Bureau and “takes her job very seriously,” according to West. “She builds crazy cool weapons in order to search and destroy all sort of paranormal creature things.”
Ghosted, like The Carmichael Show, is produced by 20th Century Fox Television, but the comedy still marks a departure for West. The former was a multicam sitcom shot in front of a live studio audience and the latter is a single-camera comedy.
“Coming from doing a live taping every week and rehearsing every week and tweaking jokes for a week and then performing live and having that instant gratification,” she said, “[and] coming to a single-camera show, it’s a whole different animal.”
West specifically praised Scott and his wife Naomi, who are both exec producers on the series, for serving as sounding boards early on in her work on the show. “Adam and Naomi have been especially complimentary and helpful because I’m the new kid,” she said. “I’m enjoying it a lot.”
Ghosted premieres Oct. 1 on Fox.
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