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  Ghost Whisperer    Imagine for a moment, you could see, hear, and talk to ghosts. Now ask yourself, is this a blessing or a curse? Do you think you could have a “normal” life? Would you tell people about your ability or would you keep it a secret? How can you use this ability? Many may find this hard to imagine. Luckily, we can get answers to these questions and many more while we explore this possibility through the television show Ghost Whisperer.  The Ghost Whisperer   began to air in fall 2005 on CBS. With a simple storyline consisting of a beautiful, young woman named Melinda Gordon, who has the ability to communicate with earthbound spirits, CBS writers produced another primetime drama with a twist. The show quickly gained popularity among young adults with an interest in getting the glimpse into the spirit world the show offers. With the help and inspiration of executive producers James Van Praagh, the “famed medium” and Mary Ann Winkowski, the real life spirit communicator, the storyline won many awards. Ghost whisperer stayed alive for five seasons and held CBS’s Friday night primetime slot for most of that run, even with a TV 13+ rating. Just as Melinda helped the ghosts see the light, the show saw the light through cancellation in 2010 (Wikipedia). The character central to each episode is Melinda Gordon, played by Jennifer Love Hewitt (CBS). She is married to Jim Clancy, a paramedic who helps people to live and attempts to help Melinda have what she calls a “normal” life whi le she helps ghosts settle their grievances and cross over into the light. Normal life for her means living happily ever after with her husband, running her small antique store, while helping her friends and the spirits. Melinda is a surprisingly emotionally well adjusted person while coping with supernatural abilities incredibly well. She comes across as accepting of her “blessing and curse” as she calls it in several episodes.   In episode # 10 “The Ghost Bride”, Melinda feels some of the same jealously tha t the ghost and the person she haunting is feeling. It is this genuine emotion and raw feeling that draws you to connect with each of the ghosts Melinda encounters. Every episode introduces another spirit and their story. Some spirits are sad, while other are mad but they are all filled with emotion for what happened to them on their last day. An emotion so strong it has held them to the world of living. The show loses a great deal of realness through Melinda because she doesn’t seem to ever have negative f  eeling about what is happening to her in the story. She is almost tortured by the ghosts because they rarely leave her alone. Yet Melinda never loses it, gets upset or complains. Even a saint might want a short vacation sometime. I have watched several episodes of this show. I did for the purposes of this essay, view several I had not seen before via Netflix. Including episode numbers one, ten and fourteen. Episode number one “The Pilot” was the most interesting to me. It begins with the back story of Melinda’s ability since childhood and learning about her ability from her grandmother was true to the rest of the storyline and helps support the story. The form of the show is simple, yet the rotating cast of ghosts help to keep the plot from getting stale and largely predictable. Each week begins with Melinda interacting with new spirits finding her or finding them. As the episode unfolds we see the ghosts’ story from how he or she died to why they are still earthbound. Melinda investigates to get the full story as sometimes the ghosts are deceitful. Then she reveals to the spirits loved ones about her ability. She is often met with disbelief and hostility, which fades into gratitude and closure. Through these interactions Melinda seems to learn something from each of the ghost she meets. Every episode takes us on a journey with the ghosts and Melinda is our guide giving the viewer the rules of her gift and spirit world factoids. Each week a ghost finds Melinda he/she hesitates at first but eventually tells their story and asks for help, often by scaring her. Melinda either hesitates or facilitates, one way or another she is helping some ghost to the light. In some episodes she helps two or more. The music is key to what is coming next. Good, quiet, melodic music equals good spirit. Thundering, loud, and boisterous music equals bad spirit. The sound effects blend well with the music to add to the emotion of each scene.  The ghost whisperer is a good show. It has depth and thought in the writing when telling the stories of the ghosts with each episode. I was drawn in by the emotion and attention given to the details of each ghost and their reasons for being earthbound. This makes me want to watch more to learn the ghost’s past and see as it unfolds how Melinda helps them put these issues to rest so that they may find peace and go into the light. In a scene from episode number one, Melinda goes to see a man who she believes can give her information to help a spirit who was a soldier in Vietnam. When she arrives at the V.F.W community center, where she finds the man she is looking for, she observes him working while a middle aged woman sits in a chair nearby. The man appears to know the woman is there. It isn’t until Melinda starts talking to the man and makes eye contact with them both, that Melinda realizes the woman is a spirit. The spirit sees that Melinda can hear and see her. She begins to tell Melinda to tell her husband a message. Melinda tells the woman that it is not important, that is not why she came. The woman scoffs and says “It not important to you but I have been waiting here with him for years looking for a way to tell him that the key to safe deposit box is in the front pocket of my blue raincoat. He will never get the important papers he needs without th e key. You must tell him for me.” Melinda attempts to ignore the ghost and continue her conversation with the man. But the ghost is insists and continually interrupts until Melinda tells the husband about the key and where he can find it. Only then does the ghost appear satisfied. The viewer is given the sense that now the ghost can go to the light as her message has been delivered. I like this aspect of the shows storytelling ability to draw interest into each episode by changing the characters, their circ umstances and Melinda’s viewpoint of story. This creates a constant evolution in the story, keeping it fresh and new to the viewer. In comparison to other shows this one sets itself apart with that difference. I chose this show because I was a fan during its airing and it truly kept me interested in the story. The different storylines and characters are appeal to me most about the show. I was pleasantly surprised to see drama based on the supernatural on primetime television without being just another regurgitation of past shows. I think the plot is srcinal and to the point. The writers lost my attention a little when the story started to focus more on one ghost at a time and when Jim dies, but enters the body of another man and resumes his life as Jim through this man. However, I would still recommend this show to anyone interested in life after death and the emotions we take with us into death. Works Cited “About Ghost Whisperer”. Ghost  Whisperer.Web.8 September 2011. . “Ghost Whisperer”. Ghost  Whisperer.Web.2 September 2011. . “Ghost Whisperer”.Ghost  Whisperer.Web.8 September 2011. . About these ads Ghost Whisperer   is an American television supernatural drama, which ran on CBS from September 23, 2005, to May 21, 2010. [2]  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 — she is married and owns an antique store — Melinda helps earthbound spirits resolve their problems and cross over into the light, or the spirit world. Her tasks are difficult and at times she struggles with people who push her away and disbelieve her ability. In addition, the ghosts are  mysterious and sometimes menacing in the beginning and Melinda must use the clues available to her to understand the spirits' needs and help them. [3]  The show was created by John Gray and was produced by Sander/Moses Productions, executive producer, and Jennifer Love Hewitt in association with  ABC Studios and CBS Television Studios. [4]  On May 18, 2010, CBS canceled the show after five seasons. [5]   Premise [edit]   Melinda Gordon (Jennifer Love Hewitt) is a young woman from the town of Grandview, New York who has the ability to see and communicate with the dead. Melinda lives with her husband, Jim Clancy (David Conrad), and eventually, their son,  Aiden Lucas(Connor Gibbs). She owns a shop called Same As It Never Was Antiques . 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. Those who died with unfinished business become earthbound and cannot cross over, and Melinda, as their earthly representative, helps them to find peace. The show does not present the ghosts as having sinned; rather it is the spirits' own guilt that condemns them, and their own fear of judgment that keeps them from crossing over into an afterlife. The series also starred  Aisha Tyler  as Andrea Marino, Melinda's best friend who runs the antique shop with her.  Andrea is tragically killed in the first season finale. During the second season, Melinda meets Delia Banks (Camryn Manheim), a struggling real estate agent who forms a friendship with Melinda and who eventually agrees to run the antique shop with her. Delia is shocked to find out about Melinda's abilities; in fact, at first she claims Melinda needs psychological help. Delia eventually accepts Melinda's gift, though she remains skeptical at times. Delia has a son named Ned Banks (Tyler Patrick Jones seasons 2-3, Christoph Sanders thereafter) who finds out about Melinda's gift long before his mother does. Melinda also forms a friendship with Rick Payne (Jay Mohr ), a professor at Rockland University. He helps Melinda solve the conflicts of ghosts throughout the second and third seasons. He departs in the fourth season premiere for an expedition in the Himalayas.  Production [edit]   Development [edit]   Ghost Whisperer   is based on the work of  James Van Praagh, [6]  who is co-executive producer . [7]  The stories are also said to be based in part on the work of  Mary Ann Winkowski. [8] Development of the show dates back to at least two years before its premiere. [9]  The show was produced by Sander/Moses Productions in association with CBS Television Studios (srcinally Paramount Network Television in season one and  ABC Studios(srcinally Touchstone Television in the first two seasons) and CBS Paramount Network Television in seasons two and three). The show was filmed on the Universal Studios back lot in Los Angeles. [10]  One area on the lot is Courthouse Square from the  Back to the Future  trilogy, though it has been drastically modified to depict Grandview. For example, the clock tower  in Back to the Future  has been completely covered up. The front of Melinda and Jim's house is also the same set used by the Finch family in the film adaptation of   To Kill A Mockingbird  . Cast and crew members said they believed that the set got visits from real spirits. [11]   After the show's cancellation and shortly before the sets were torn down, Jennifer Love Hewitt filmed a tour demonstrating the ways in which the areas were different from those shown in the TV broadcast. [12]  Sound effects were completed at Smart Post Sound. [13]  Visual effects for the pilot and some season one episodes were completed at Flash Film Works. [14]  Visual effects for nearly the entire series were created at Eden FX. [15]  Creator  John Gray grew up in Brooklyn, New York, which is not far from Grand View-On-Hudson (also called Grand View), west of the Hudson River . Piermont is often referenced in episodes as the neighboring town, which is accurate to real life as Grand View is actually located just north of Piermont. Professor Rick Payne worked at the fictional Rockland University , and perhaps not coincidentally, the actual village of Grand View is a village located in Rockland County, New York.  Cast [edit]   Main article: List of Ghost Whisperer characters    Actor Role Seasons 1   2   3   4   5   Jennifer Love Hewitt   Melinda Gordon   Main  David ConradJim Clancy / Sam Lucas     Main   Aisha Tyler       Andrea Marino   Main  Guest Camryn Manheim   Delia Banks  Main    Jay Mohr      Professor Rick Payne    Recurring Main  Guest Tyler Patrick Jones / Christoph Sanders    Ned Banks Recurring Main  Jamie Kennedy   Professor Eli James   Main  Connor Gibbs Aiden Lucas   Main   Broadcast [edit]   The first season premiered on September 23, 2005, and ended on May 5, 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. [ citation needed  ]  CBS officially renewed the show for a third season placing it in its regular Friday 8 p.m. ET time slot. The third season premiered September 28, 2007. Twelve episodes were completed before the Writers Guild of America strike, and once the strike ended, CBS had announced that the show would return April 4, 2008, with six episodes. [16]  On February 15, 2008, CBS renewed Ghost Whisperer   for a fourth season. [17]  For the fourth season, Jamie Kennedy  joined the cast as Psychology professor Eli James. Jay Mohr  left after the first episode as the plot had his character, Professor Rick Payne, going on sabbatical (Mohr took a role in  Gary Unmarried  ). [18]  Recurring cast member Christoph Sanders joined as a regular cast member. The fourth season of Ghost Whisperer   premiered on Friday, October 3, 2008, and concluded on May 15, 2009, and consisted of 23 episodes. [19][20]  In an interview by P.K. Simonds with E! Online, it was announced that Ghost Whisperer   would return for a fifth season. [21]  CBS renewed Ghost Whisperer   for the fifth season on May 20, 2009, which began airing on Friday, September 25, 2009, at 8pm ET and ran for 22 episodes. [22][23]   Syndication [edit]   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. [24]  The first four seasons began airing in syndication on CBC Television in Canada on August 31, 2009. [25]   Cancellation [edit]   On May 18, 2010, citing rising costs and a decline in viewership, CBS announced that Ghost Whisperer   would not be renewed for another season. [5]   ABC expressed interest in picking up Ghost Whisperer   for Fall 2010; [26][27]  however, on May 27, 2010, Michael Ausiello reported that ABC had passed on renewing Ghost Whisperer   for a sixth season. [28]   Zap2it   declared Ghost Whisperer   is the second most missed axed show after a poll determined 19.4 percent of voters would miss it. [29]  In October 2010, Jennifer Love Hewitt thanked the fans of the show for their support in a goodbye video (filmed in June, 2010), saying Your love and support has meant everything to the cast and crew of Ghost Whisperer   and we will all miss you guys very, very much. Go get our DVDs, think about us, miss us and know how much we all will miss you. Much love. [12]   In January 2011, Hewitt told the press of her opinion about the cancellation, saying When you’ve taken people on a  journey for so long, the least you can do is give them a goodbye. For a show that was about unfinished business, we didn’t get to finish. [30]   Other media [edit]   Webisodes [edit]   Ghost Whisperer: The Other Side   is a series of  webisodes released on the Ghost Whisperer   website. [35]  For every season, a total of eight webisodes were produced. The first two seasons follow 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 his best friend Danny, who he thinks killed him. Season 3 of the webisodes deals with a ghost named Marc (played by Justin Loyal) trying to help his high school crush Olivia (played by Jaimi Paige) find true love as her fiancé George does not love her. The fourth and final season of the webisodes deals with the ghost of a man named Bo (played byMatt Knudsen) who haunts James Tyler (played by Mark Lutz) and his family after they move into their new home. Melinda from the television series doesn't appear in the internet series as it takes place entirely in the spirit world. However, characters from the webisodes have appeared in the television series. 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. Zach later made another appearance and crossed over in season three of Ghost Whisperer  . Marc and Olivia make brief and uncredited appearances in episode 21 of season 4 of Ghost Whisperer  . Internet promotion [edit] [36]  is a site linked to Ghost Whisperer  . The site is mentioned in the Season 3 premiere. By clicking on the star in the upper right hand corner, the site appears to crack into pieces. Those pieces can be moved


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