Television is a very important part of a child’s life now. It is impossible to imagine a kid who isn’t hooked to the TV. This presents parents with two challenges. The first one is to stop the children from spending all their time on a couch, their eyes stuck on the TV screen. The second thing is that they have to be wary of what their children watch. If you can do something about the first part, well and good. If not, then, the second problem is what you should focus on. Make your kids watch something that is also good for them.
With Apple TV+ releasing a wide range of shows, they also have some offerings for kids. While there is the coding series for pre-schoolers called ‘Helpsters’, they also have something to inspire young minds to read. This feat was attempted by a show called ‘Ghostwriter’ back in the early 90s. It has been wildly popular but couldn’t make itself stay for long. Apple TV+ has rebooted it to attract kids. Written and directed by Luke Matheny, it has a group of children who solve mysteries, guided by a friendly ghost.
Ghostwriter Cast: Who’s in it?
The cast of ‘Ghostwriter’ has a set of fresh talent. It includes Amadi Chapata as Chevon Redmond, Justin Sanchez as Curtis Palmer Moreno, Isaac Arellanes as Ruben Reyna and Hannah Levinson as Donna Palmer-Moreno. Chapata has previously worked in theatre and has been a part of musicals like ‘The Life of Madam CJ Walker’ and ‘Power of Passion’. Arellanes has previously appeared in ‘Euphoria’ and ‘The Night Shift’. Levinson’s previous acting credits include ‘11.22.63’ and ‘Designated Survivor’. The adult cast has Jay Santiago as Grandpa Ernesto. Brett Dalton, who is known for his work in ‘Agents of SHIELD’, is also a part of this show.
Ghostwriter Plot: What’s it About?
‘Ghostwriter’ was a children’s show that aired on PBS from 1992 to 1995. The premise had a group of friends in Brooklyn solve various mysteries while conversing with a spirit for the clues. The name of this friendly ghost is Ghostwriter which comes from the method it uses to communicate with the children. It manipulates letters and words to send the message across. In every episode, a new crime would catch the attention of the group, and the Ghostwriter would lead them to the solution, communicating only through written words.
Throughout the series, the identity of the ghost wasn’t revealed, but back in 2010, writer and producer Kermit Frazier clarified that the ghost was a runaway slave from the Civil War. He had helped other slaves to read and write. He was killed by slave catchers and the spirit was locked in the book. He is released when one of the kids opens the book in the first episode.
The reboot follows in the footsteps with the same motive and a similar ghost, however, brings more charm and adventure to the already beloved series. The focus, this time, lies on four kids who are brought together by a series of strange events. A bookstore in the neighbourhood is haunted. This results in various fictional characters coming to life and parading around the town. When the kids come to know about this, they visit the bookstore and befriend the spirit of the Ghostwriter.
We don’t know who it is yet, but like the identity of the previous Ghostwriter, we can expect some inspirational character to be its face. But this is not the only difference between the titular characters. This one too communicates through the written word but uses different tricks to indulge the viewers. Since the ghost lives in the bookstore, it uses the collection to send across its message. This means the viewers will find the clues embedded in books, from popular classics to the work of contemporary authors like DJ Machale and Kwame Alexander.
Ghostwriter Season 1 Release Date
‘Ghostwriter’ Season 1 released on Apple TV+ on November 1, 2019, with first seven episodes. The show consists of a total of 26 episodes, which is expected to continue for a few months.
The PBS version of the show had been a popular one but suffered due to the lack of funding. Nonetheless, it had been instrumental in kindling the love of reading in the hearts of its viewers. With the reboot, we expect a similar effect.
Personally, I love reading and to have a show that motivates its viewers to read makes me very happy. ‘Ghostwriter’ has a different aesthetic from its predecessor, which means it’ll be all the more appealing. The trope of characters coming to life has worked very well before, especially considering movies like ‘Night at the Museum’, and I don’t see why it shouldn’t work now, especially when there are such fantastic works to draw inspiration from. The show has endless material at its disposal, and its lovable leads and interesting storyline make it a great watch. This brings us to the question of a second season.
The previous version had run for a couple of years and had received widespread acclaim and popularity. The only hitch in its smooth sailing came in the form of insufficient funding. With the backing of Apple, this issue has disappeared entirely. So, if the show succeeds in indulging the fancy of the kids, which there’s no doubt it will, it shouldn’t take much time for Apple TV Plus to come up with another season.
If you want your children to be more involved with their books, then there is no better way to get them into reading. ‘Ghostwriter’ is a compelling watch, which is as educational as it is entertaining. You can catch all of its episodes on Apple TV+. Watch the trailer here to get an idea of how enjoyable it is:
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