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Ghostwriter

The Ghostwriter team. From left to right: Gaby Fernandez (Mayteana Morales), Alejandro "Alex" Fernandez (David López), Lenni Frazier (Blaze Berdahl), Tina Nguyen (Tram-Anh Tran), and Jamal Jenkins (Sheldon Turnipseed).
Genre Children's (Mystery)
Creator(s) Liz Nealon
Starring Todd Alexander (1992-1993)
Blaze Berdahl
David López
Marcella Lowery
Tram-Anh Tran
Sheldon Turnipseed
Mayteana Morales (1992-1994)
William Hernandez (1993-1995)
Melissa Gonzales (1994-1995)
Lateaka Vinson (1994-1995)
Country of origin Flag of United States United States
No. of episodes 74 (18 mystery arcs, each with 4 or 5 episodes devoted to each case.)
Production
Running time approx. 30 minutes (per episode)
Broadcast
Original channel PBS (Discovery Kids in Latin America)
Original run October 4, 1992February 12, 1995
Links
IMDb profile
TV.com summary

Ghostwriter was a television series co-produced by the Children's Television Workshop and the BBC, originally aired on PBS in the United States from October 1992 to February 1995. The series featured a group of New York City teenagers who solved mysteries with the help of an invisible ghost, who can communicate with the kids only by manipulating whatever text and letters he can find and using them to form words and sentences. Image File history File links Wbmbs28. ... Mayteana Morales is an American actress. ... David López is an American actor. ... Blaze Autumn Berdahl (born September 6, 1980) is an American actress best known for her role as Lenni Frazier in the childrens television series Ghostwriter. ... Tram-Anh Tran is an American actress. ... Jamal (portrayed by Sheldon Turnipseed) is a level-headed, intelligent African American boy; the first person Ghostwriter reveals himself to and the de facto leader of the Ghostwriter team. ... A male Caucasian toddler child A child (plural: children) is a young human. ... Mystery fiction is a distinct subgenre of detective fiction that entails the occurrence of an unknown event which requires the protagonist to make known (or solve). ... There are very few or no other articles that link to this one. ... Blaze Autumn Berdahl (born September 6, 1980) is an American actress best known for her role as Lenni Frazier in the childrens television series Ghostwriter. ... David López is an American actor. ... Marcella Lowery (born April 27, 1946 in Queens, New York) is an American actor. ... Tram-Anh Tran is an American actress. ... Jamal (portrayed by Sheldon Turnipseed) is a level-headed, intelligent African American boy; the first person Ghostwriter reveals himself to and the de facto leader of the Ghostwriter team. ... Mayteana Morales is an American actress. ... William Willie Hernandez (born November 20, 1979 in New York City) is an Puerto Rican-American actor. ... Melissa Gonzales is an American actress best known for taking over the role of Gabriella Gaby Fernández on the PBS kids show Ghostwriter. ... Lateaka Vinson is an American actress. ... Image File history File links Flag_of_the_United_States. ... Not to be confused with Public Broadcasting Services in Malta. ... Discovery Kids Channel is a digital cable television channel, owned by Discovery Communications (see Discovery Channel) with programming for education of children. ... October 4 is the 277th day of the year (278th in leap years) in the Gregorian Calendar. ... 1992 (MCMXCII) was a leap year starting on Wednesday. ... February 12 is the 43rd day of the year in the Gregorian Calendar. ... 1995 (MCMXCV) was a common year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar. ... A television program is the content of television broadcasting. ... Sesame Workshop, formerly known as the Childrens Television Workshop (or CTW), is a non-profit organization behind the production of several educational childrens programs that have run on public broadcasting around the world (including PBS in the United States), as well as Noggin, a joint venture with Viacom... The British Broadcasting Corporation, usually known as the BBC (and also informally known as the Beeb or Auntie) is the largest broadcasting corporation in the world in terms of audience numbers, employing 26,000 staff in the United Kingdom alone and with a budget of more than GB£4 billion... Not to be confused with Public Broadcasting Services in Malta. ... 1992 (MCMXCII) was a leap year starting on Wednesday. ... 1995 (MCMXCV) was a common year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Nickname: Big Apple, Gotham, NYC, City That Never Sleeps, The Concrete Jungle, The City So Nice They Named It Twice Location in the state of New York Coordinates: Country United States State New York Boroughs The Bronx Brooklyn Manhattan Queens Staten Island Settled 1676 Government  - Mayor Michael Bloomberg (R) Area... A ghostly woman coming down the stairs. ...

Contents

Overview

The series was designed to teach reading and writing skills to elementary and middle school children. Each mystery was presented as a story arc, covering four or five thirty-minute episodes; children were encouraged to follow each mystery, and use the reading and writing clues given to attempt to solve them just as the Ghostwriter team does in the show. Ghostwriter was critically acclaimed and honored for presenting a realistic, racially diverse world in its two-hour mystery stories. By the end of its third season, Ghostwriter ranked in the top five of all children's shows on American television. The program was cancelled after the third season, not because of a lack of popularity, but because of a lack of funding. Ghostwriter has been broadcast in 24 countries worldwide, and generated a number of foreign-language adaptations, including a dubbed-over version on Discovery Kids Latin America marketed as (Fantasma Escritor). The show was orignally funded by Nike, the annual financial support of Viewers Like You, The Corporation for Public Broadcasting, The John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, The Pew Charitable Trusts, and the United States Department of Education. Discovery Kids Channel is a digital cable television channel, owned by Discovery Communications (see Discovery Channel) with programming for education of children. ... Fantasma Escritor is the Latin American version of the American television series Ghostwriter that airs on Discovery Kids Latin America. ... Nike, Inc. ... Viewers Like You is a message that comes up on PBS when the network is showing the sponsorors of its programs. ... The Corporation for Public Broadcasting logo, used from 1969 to 2002. ... The John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation is a private, independent grantmaking institution. ... It has been suggested that Pew Research Center be merged into this article or section. ... ED headquarters in Washington A construction project to repair and update the building facade at the Department of Education Headquarters building in 2002 resulted in the installation of structures at all of the entrances to protect employees and visitors from falling debris. ...


Characters

Ghostwriter

The titular character of the series was an enigmatic figure. The mystery of Ghostwriter's true identity was never fully answered, although several clues are given during the course of the series in several of the mystery arcs. (The following facts are from "Ghost Story", the Pilot episode, unless otherwise stated.)

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Ghostwriter logo with Ghostwriter pictured in the letter "O".
  • He was a man when he was alive, but is now a ghost.
  • He wanted to protect "the children."
  • At one point, he remembers he was chased by dogs. ("A Crime of Two Cities")
  • He can only be seen by those he reveals himself to.
  • He can only read or feel emotions. He cannot see or hear.
  • He can travel through time. ("Just in Time")
  • He can travel across the Internet. ("Who is Max Mouse?")

In the pilot, it is hinted that Ghostwriter is Jamal's late grandfather; however, these clues could be a red herring. In one of the books, it was hinted that Ghostwriter was, in fact, Lewis Carroll, author of "Alice in Wonderland" who had a fear of dogs, as mentioned above. It would then be assumed the book he was trapped inside was "Alice"; further, it would give a double meaning to the name, "Ghost Writer". Lewis Carroll. ... The fear of dogs is a natural emotion, because dogs are potentially dangerous. ... A ghostrider is a professional writer who is paid to write books, articles, stories, or reports which are officially credited to another person. ...


The Ghostwriter team

When the show began, it was based around four main characters, all students at Zora Neale Hurston Middle School and Washington Elementary School in Fort Greene, Brooklyn, New York. The "team" later expanded to include six (later seven) active members, one MIA member, one member in Australia, two members in England, and three members in 1928. Zora Neale Hurston (January 7, 1891 – January 28, 1960) was an American folklorist and author during the time of the Harlem Renaissance, best known for the novel Their Eyes Were Watching God. ... Fort Greene is a neighborhood in the New York City borough of Brooklyn. ... Brooklyn (named for the Dutch city Breukelen) is one of the five boroughs of New York City. ... NY redirects here. ...


To become a member of the team, a kid would have to be able to read the words that Ghostwriter manipulates. There was normally an induction ceremony for each new member that joined the team. At this ceremony, they would be given a special pen with a string to be placed around the neck so the members could write to Ghostwriter no matter where they happened to be. When a team meeting was required, one of the members would use Ghostwriter to send out the message "rally", followed by the first initial of the member that was hosting the meeting.


Jamal Jenkins

Jamal (portrayed by Sheldon Turnipseed) is a level-headed, intelligent African American boy; the first person Ghostwriter reveals himself to and the de facto leader of the Ghostwriter team. In the first episode of the series, "Ghost Story, Part 1", seventh grader Jamal is cleaning out the basement of his family's brownstone, when a spirit emerges from a book that has fallen on the ground and begins communicating with Jamal through words. Jamal (portrayed by Sheldon Turnipseed) is a level-headed, intelligent African American boy; the first person Ghostwriter reveals himself to and the de facto leader of the Ghostwriter team. ... An African American (also Afro-American, Black American, or simply black) is a member of an ethnic group in the United States whose ancestors, usually in predominant part, were indigenous to Africa. ... This article is about the building material and the dwelling. ...


Jamal lives with his parents and his grandmother (portrayed by Marcella Lowery); his older sister Danitra is away at college. Midway through the second season, Jamal's young cousin Casey also comes to stay with the family. Jamal's interests include karate and science; he dreams to one day be "a scientist that performs experiments in outer space." Jamal applies for enrollment in the High School of Science, and in the final episode of the series is accepted. Marcella Lowery (born April 27, 1946 in Queens, New York) is an American actor. ... This article or section does not adequately cite its references or sources. ...


Major story arcs for Jamal include:

  • "Ghost Story": Jamal discovers Ghostwriter.
  • "Who Burned Mr. Brinker's Store?": Jamal is accused of burning a local video store, causing discord in the team following his covering up of the facts.
  • "Who's Who": In a secondary arc, Jamal's grandmother is sick.
  • "Just in Time": Takes place in Jamal's home, circa 1928. Ghostwriter is also working hard in this case due to the "future" of Jamal's family.
  • "Who is Max Mouse?": Jamal introduces the team to the Internet. Also, Jamal is a suspect for causing false alarms and changing grades at school.
  • "A Crime of Two Cities": Jamal travels to London and gets involved with a mystery that spans the Atlantic Ocean.

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Lenni Frazier

Lenni (portrayed by Blaze Berdahl) is the second person to "see" Ghostwriter. A headstrong young lady, Lenni is an aspiring singer, rapper, and songwriter. Lenni lives with her widowed father (portrayed by Richard Cox during the first season, and Keith Langsdale afterwards), in a loft above the Fernadezes' bodega. Blaze Autumn Berdahl (born September 6, 1980) is an American actress best known for her role as Lenni Frazier in the childrens television series Ghostwriter. ... Richard Cox may refer to: Richard Threlkeld Cox, U.S. physicist Richard Cox, bishop of Ely in the early 16th century Richard Cox, Lord Chancellor of Ireland 1703-1707 Richard Cox, birth name of U.S. actor Dick Sargent Richard Ian Cox, British actor Richard Cox, British horticulturalist, created Cox... A loft, in the sense of the word meaning attic. ...


Major story arcs for Lenni include:

  • "Ghost Story": Lenni discovers Ghostwriter and meets Jamal.
  • "Into the Comics": Gets the team involved in a scavenger hunt so they can win the grand prize, and become characters in a comic book.
  • "Get the Message": Lenni's father and Alex & Gaby's father bicker over a car accident, causing discord within the team.
  • "Who is Max Mouse?": With Jamal, Lenni is a suspect for causing false alarms and changing grades at school.
  • "Don't Stop the Music": Lenni and the team are given the chance by Smash Records to shoot a video for Lenni's song "You Gotta Believe"

Alex Fernández

Alejandro "Alex" Fernández (portrayed by David López) is the third person to be introduced to Ghostwriter. A first generation Salvadoran American, Alex is an aspiring detective and skilled basketball player. Alex and his younger sister Gaby live with their parents in the back of the family store (or bodega), which is located under Lenni's apartment. Alex is prone to a hot temper at times, but also displays a notable amount of courage and determination. David López is an American actor. ...


Major story arcs for Alex include:

  • "Ghost Story": Alex discovers Ghostwriter and meets Jamal.
  • "To Catch a Creep": Alex runs for class president and encounters much opposition.
  • "Who's Who": Alex begins a romantic attachment with team member, Tina.
  • "Get the Message": Lenni's father and Alex & Gaby's father bicker over a car accident, causing discord within the team.
  • "What's Up With Alex?": Alex's basketball teammate Kevin offers him marijuana, and Alex struggles to get Kevin out of a robbery scheme.

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Gaby Fernández

Gabriela "Gaby" Fernández (portrayed by Mayteana Morales in the first two seasons and in "A Crime of Two Cities"; and by Melissa Gonzalez in "Four Days of the Cockatoo" and "Attack of the Slime Monster") is the fourth person to "see" Ghostwriter. She is Alex's younger sister, goes to Washington Elementary, and is best friends with her teammate Tina. She is 9 years old in "Am I Blue?". Gaby lives up to her nickname, as she is prone to not knowing when to stop talking. However, she has a good sense of humour which usually manifests when she is teasing her brother, Alex. Of all the team members, Gaby is the one who appears closest to Ghostwriter on a personal level. Twice, she shows belated concern for Ghostwriter's safety ("Just in Time" and "Who is Max Mouse?"), she creates a word "bed" for him ("Who is Max Mouse?") and she is shown playing a word game with Ghostwriter in "Lost in Brooklyn". Mayteana Morales is an American actress. ...


Major story arcs for Gaby include:

  • "Ghost Story": Gaby discovers Ghostwriter and meets Jamal.
  • "Over a Barrel": Gaby gets sick due to tetrachloroethylene contamination in the community garden.
  • "Am I Blue?": Gaby steals money from the bodega's register to buy a "Galaxy Girl" costume.
  • "Four Days of the Cockatoo": Gaby finds a rare palm cockatoo, treasured by a pair of dirty crooks.

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Tina Nguyen

Although Vietnamese American Tina (portrayed by Tram-Anh Tran) is present in the first mystery arc of the series, she does not "see" Ghostwriter until the second arc. She wants to be a filmmaker, and is often seen with a camcorder in her hand. She attends acting classes, and lives with her parents and her brother Tuan and sister Linda in a traditionalist Vietnamese household. Her best friend is Gaby, and she has a romantic relationship with Gaby's brother Alex. A Vietnamese American is a resident of the United States who is of ethnic Vietnamese descent. ... Tram-Anh Tran is an American actress. ...


Major story arcs for Tina include:

  • "Who Burned Mr. Brinker's Store?": Tina first "sees" Ghostwriter.
  • "Who's Who": Tina becomes a "girl Friday" for classic movie actress, Lana Barnes, and begins a romance with Alex.
  • "Over a Barrel": Tina & Alex have their first kiss.
  • "Lost in Brooklyn": Tina begins middle school, and becomes friends with Safira, a new student from Africa.

Rob Baker

Rob (portrayed by Todd Alexander) is a shy Caucasian-American transfer student from a military family. He wants to be an author, and thus writes many different short stories. Rob has a bad habit of getting himself into trouble. Rob's family decides to move during the "Lost in Brooklyn" story arc, and Rob's place in the team is assumed by Héctor. There are very few or no other articles that link to this one. ...


Major story arcs for Rob include:

  • "To Catch a Creep": Rob is introduced as a suspect, but later "sees" Ghostwriter.
  • "Into the Comics": After winning the comics contest, Rob joins the team.
  • "To the Light": In searching for his homeless friend Double T, Rob is trapped in a subway tunnel.
  • "Building Bridges": Rob becomes friends with a former gang member and is attacked in their hideout.
  • "Lost in Brooklyn": Rob's last story arc, moves to Australia.

Héctor Carrero

Hector (portrayed by William Hernandez) joins the cast mid-way through season two. He meets Alex through the Big Brothers mentoring program. He was born in New York, but grew up in Puerto Rico, and can't read English very well. Hector particularly enjoys playing handball. William Willie Hernandez (born November 20, 1979 in New York City) is an Puerto Rican-American actor. ... Big Brothers Big Sisters of America was founded in 1904 as New York Big Brothers by Ernest Coulter, who was influenced by Julius Mayer, a judge in the New York Childrens Court. ... Handball is the name of several different sports: Team handball, or Olympic/European Handball is a game somewhat similar to association football, but the ball is played with the hand, not the foot. ...


Major story arcs for Hector include:

  • "Lost in Brooklyn": Hector meets the team and Ghostwriter.
  • "Who Is Max Mouse?": Hector defeats a bully.

Casey Austin

Casey (portrayed by Lateaka Vinson) joins the cast mid-way through season two. She is Jamal's younger cousin; a practical joker with a fondness for peanut butter. Lateaka Vinson is an American actress. ...


Major story arcs for Casey include:

  • "Don't Stop the Music": Casey is suspected of causing pranks on the set of Lenni's music video; and first "sees" Ghostwriter.
  • "Attack of the Slime Monster": Casey enters the team in a contest to write a scary story about "Gooey Gus the Slime Monster".

Craig Mitchell

Craig Mitchell (portrayed by Jeremy Miller) is an electronics expert, and only appears in the "Who Burned Mr. Brinker's Store?" arc. Jeremy Miller in an interview for A&Es Biography of former co-star Tracey Gold Jeremy James Miller (born October 21, 1976) is an American actor best known for his portrayal of Ben Seaver on Growing Pains and its two reunion movies. ...


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Other cast members

Other cast members include Lt. Isaiah McQuade (Mike Hodge), and the team's enemies: Calvin Ferguson (Wil Horneff in "Ghost Story", Joey Shea thereafter) and Jeffrey Baxter (Jon Hershfield). The show's numerous guest stars included Samuel L. Jackson as Jamal's father, Julia Stiles, Max Wright, Spike Lee, Daisy Fuentes, Judge Reinhold, Melinda Mullins, Annabelle Gurwitch, Robin Leach, Michael J. Fox, Salt-n-Pepa, Madhur Jaffrey, and Harry Connick Jr. Wil Horneff as Chris Pollit in the Law & Order episode Born Bad William Samuel Wil Horneff (born June 12, 1979 in Englewood, New Jersey) is an American actor. ... “Samuel Jackson” redirects here. ... Julia Cunt Stiles (born March 28, 1981) is an American stage and screen actress. ... Max Wright (born August 2, 1943 in Detroit, Michigan) was an American actor in the hit sitcom ALF. He had previously made appearances in TV shows such as WKRP in Cincinnati, and was a regular cast member in Misfits of Science and The Norm Show. ... Shelton Jackson Lee (born March 20, 1957 in Atlanta, Georgia), better known as Spike Lee, is an American film director, producer, writer, and actor noted for his films dealing with controversial social and political issues. ... Daisy Fuentes Daisy Fuentes (born November 17, 1966 in Havana, Cuba) is an American model who became an actress. ... Judge Reinhold is the stage name of Edward Ernest Reinhold, Jr. ... Melinda Mullins is an American theater and film actress. ... Annabelle Gurwitch (Born November 4, 1961 in Mobile, Alabama) is an American comedic actress best known for being the original hostess of TBSs Dinner and a Movie. ... Robin Douglas Leach (born August 29, 1941) is an English celebrity writer famous for hosting his first show, Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous in the 1980s, which focuses on the lavish luxurious mansions, cars, yachts of celebrities, and sometimes has interviews with them, either at home, or on their... For other persons named Michael Fox, see Michael Fox (disambiguation). ... Salt, DJ Spinderella, and Pepa on the cover to their 1999 CD single, The Brick Track Verses Gitty Up Salt-N-Pepa is an American R&B and hip hop group, consisting of Cheryl James and Sandy Denton (Salt and Pepa, respectively), and Deidre Dee Dee Roper (DJ Spinderella). ... Madhur Jaffrey (born August 13, 1933) is an Indian actress, who has also become famous as food writer. ... Harry Connick, Jr. ...


Storylines

Season One (1992-1993)

Highlights from the first season, which premiered in October 1992, include:

  • Ghost Story: Jamal releases Ghostwriter while cleaning the basement. Jamal, Alex, Lenni and Gaby come together through the bond of Ghostwriter's mysterious messages to them all, and they all come together to solve a rash of mysterious backpack thefts and their connection to a group of gamers calling themselves the THABTOs. Samuel L. Jackson as Jamal's dad and Mark Linn-Baker as the policeman have cameos. This and 'To The Light' are the only stories to arc five episodes. The rest all conclude in four.
  • Who Burned Mr. Brinker's Store?: Jamal is angered when Mr. Brinker, owner of the local electronics store, yells at him. But that night, when Brinker's burns down, the shopkeeper accuses Jamal of arson to cover up his own involvement in the fire. Ghostwriter reveals himself to both Craig and Tina in order for them to help solve the mystery. Max Wright as Brinker and Jeremy Miller as Craig have cameos. Craig does not appear again in the series and is never referred to again. It is also interesting to note that this story arc seems to have been filmed inside actual buildings and houses, instead of on a soundstage like the rest of the series.
  • To Catch a Creep: Alex has aspirations to become class president, but one of his competitors starts a smear campaign, putting up fliers with embarrassing personal secrets. One of the initial suspects is new transfer student Rob, but that status changes once Ghostwriter reveals himself to him. Dule Hill appears as a basketball player during two episodes. The actor portraying Calvin Ferguson is replaced beginning with this story arc.
  • Into the Comics: The team enters a scavenger hunt-style contest in order to win the chance to be drawn into an issue of Hoodman. Their efforts are hindered by an embittered comic book artist trying to win the contest on his own as his character, Stoop Dude. Meanwhile, Rob continues to be distant from the team, but makes friends with an eccentric homeless poet. David Patrick Kelly as Double-T and Spike Lee as Special Agent Pete make cameos in this arc.
  • To The Light: Rob takes Jamal to meet Double-T, but they find his usual spot trashed and the poet missing. After tracking down Double-T's daughter, she and Rob trace his usual hangouts, but wind up trapped in a subway cave-in. Rob relies on his wits and Ghostwriter to try to get help and continue the hunt for Double-T. David Patrick Kelly returns as Double-T; Kristy Graves guest stars as Lisa.
  • Who's Who?: Tina is over the moon when she lands a job answering fan mail to her favorite actress, Lana Barnes. However, when she starts reading threatening and disturbing notes, she begins to worry. Lana waves off her fears as just letters from a very devoted fan, until she narrowly avoids suffocating in a locked garage. The Ghostwriter Team begin a search for Lana's stalker before her acceptance of an award. Shawn Elliott as Mr. Hernandez, Gretchen Krich as Janine and Patricia Barru as Lana Barnes guest star.
  • Over a Barrel: The team is hard at work at the community garden center when a series of health problems arise: Gaby passes out, several other kids and adults get sick, and even some rabbits die. It's soon learned that a highly toxic chemical, tetrachloroethylene, has been illegally dumped in the ground under the garden and is to blame. The team sets off to find the person responsible for such a dirty act. Caroline Lagerfelt as Sally Lewis, Melinda Mullins as Fannie Mae Banner, and Madhur Jaffrey guest star.
  • Building Bridges: Plans for the school's talent show are threatened when a gang moves into the neighborhood. Kids start coming to school with black eyes and bandages, and then the school's hallway gets tagged by graffiti artists. Rob's new friend, a former member of the gang, appears to be the prime suspect. Victor Sierra as Victor, Eugene Byrd as Walter, Afi McClendon as Jasmine guest star.

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Season Two (1993-1994)

  • Preview special: Katie Couric visits the set and interviews the cast during breaks of the re-run of the entire 'Over a Barrel' story arc, followed by Part One of 'Am I Blue?' Most PBS stations aired the special the week prior to pledge drive time, when the stations pre-empted Ghostwriter for two weeks.
  • Am I Blue?: Galaxy Girl, Gaby's favorite action hero, is coming to town, and she 'borrows' some money from her parents' bodega to buy a costume. But she learns she can't return it and must fess up. But she gets into more hot water when a valuable model spaceship from the show is stolen and winds up in her room. Someone is framing Gaby, but who? And why? Eddie T. Robinson as Jamal's bully, Judge Reinhold as Brad Pierce, and Daisy Fuentes as Galaxy Girl guest star. Gaby dreams of hugging Ghostwriter in this arc, and he appears only as a hooded, shadowy figure.
  • Get the Message: The Ghostwriter Team begins to fall apart when arguments and misunderstandings stemming from a car accident between Mr. Fernandez and Mr. Frazier start to form between the team members. The rift between them starts to make Ghostwriter fade away, and the situation is not helped when Calvin Ferguson tries to investigate who 'GW' is (he caught Rob talking to 'GW' in school). Rob and Jamal get the team back together in time to solve the mystery of an art thief. The arc ends with an unknown hand writing a distress call, causing Ghostwriter to abruptly leave the team behind. Joey Shea II as Calvin and Bo Jackson as the security guard guest star. This is the only story arc to end with a cliffhanger into the next arc.
  • Just in Time: The hand writing the distress call to Ghostwriter belongs to Frank Flynn, a boy who lived in Jamal's house. The time is 1928. Ghostwriter's strength is pushed to his limits when he has to time travel between Frank and his best friend Catherine in the 20s, and Jamal and the Team in the 90s, in order to help Frank clear his name in the theft of a priceless tea set. Meanwhile, Jamal learns his dad is getting very sick. Louis Tadaro as Frank, Grace Johnston as 1928 Catherine Caneallan, Cynthia Crumlish as Mrs. O'Boyle, Thomas Schall as Mr. Caneallan, and Stephi Lineburg as Lucy Caneallan guest star. Ghostwriter reveals himself to Frank, Catherine, and Lucy in this arc. Grown-up Catherine is the only adult to ever see Ghostwriter during the series.
  • Lost in Brooklyn: Tina befriends a foreign exchange student, Safria, from Africa, whose father is an important ambassador. Their family has had a serious rift, and her brother fled to America after an argument with their dad. Safria intends to find her brother, having written letters to each other since he fled. Meanwhile, Rob learns he has to move to Australia. Cathy Rigby as Mrs. Dozier, K. Todd Freeman as Malenga, Madalla as Safria guest star.
  • Who is Max Mouse? A hacker invades Hurston School's computer mainframe, causing frequent fire drills, threatening messages, and altering the grades of Jamal and Lenni. The team gets a 'crash' course in the Internet in its cruder and more basic form, including chat rooms and bulletin boards, sending Ghostwriter through the computer and phone lines in an attempt to catch Max Mouse and stop his reign of mischief. Ellen Foley as Ms. Kelly, Greg Lee as Mr. Aucoin, and Julia Stiles as Erica Dansby guest star.
  • Don't Stop the Music: Lenni gets the chance of a lifetime when a hip music producer wants to sign her to the Smash Records label and produce a music video for MTV. Lenni struggles to come up with an original song, but then nails one out of the park with a song called 'You Gotta Believe.' Lenni and the entire Ghostwriter Team get to go on-set for the filming of the video, but a series of strange accidents happen. Turns out the target isn't Lenni, but Jade, her producer. The team wrestles with the mystery of the accidents, as well as trying to babysit Jamal's cousin Casey. Robin Leach as Marlon, Annabelle Gurwitch as Jade, Mia Korf as Sonia guest star, as well as several at-the-time popular hip-hop artists who cameo in the finale. MTV was featured prominently in name and in logo during this arc, something strange for a PBS program.
  • What's Up With Alex?: Alex becomes detached and moody with Gaby and the Team, and a series of drug-related locker break-ins make them worry Alex may be involved with drugs. This story arc aired both on PBS and in broadcast syndication with a preface read out by the actors portraying Alex and Mr. Fernandez before each part. Victor Sierra reprises his role as Victor Torres. Dennis Starolselsky as Kevin, Oren Sofer as Spencer, Elan Rivera as Maria, Julia Jordan as Delilah, Jesse Moore as Mr. Johnson, Patricia Maurceri as Mrs. Michaels, Mike Starr as Big Ralph, Kelly Kristjanson as Mary Jo, Jesse Tendler as Arnie, Z. Wright as Jason, Damien Leake and as Mr. Oliver guest star. This arc never aired in repeats on Noggin due to its heavy drug content.

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Season Three (1994-1995)

  • A Crime of Two Cities: Jamal's family is vacationing in London when the team uncovers a plot to kidnap the son of a famous author.
  • Four Days of the Cockatoo: Gaby discovers a rare bird and is almost immediately kidnapped by the poacher determined to claim the bird as his latest taxidermy prize.
  • Attack of the Slime Monster: No mystery to solve in this arc, but the final story finds the Team trying to help Casey write her own story for a contest.

Merchandising

Created as an integrated, branded, multi-media project, the Ghostwriter brand included magazines and teacher's guides, software (Microsoft), home video, games/licensed product, and other outreach materials that reached over a million children each month. There were many Ghostwriter books released, both novelizations of the TV episodes and new stories. They were released by Bantam Books. Microsoft is one of few companies engaging itself in the console wars Where they are up against sony, nintendo, and of course sharps new console which may cause a threat. ... A novel (from French nouvelle Italian novella, new) is an extended, generally fictional narrative, typically in prose. ... Bantam Books (established 1945), owned by Random House, is a member of the Bantam Dell Publishing Group. ...


Video releases

During the mid 1990's Ghostwriter was released on VHS by two different companies, GPN and Republic Pictures. GPN is the company authorized by PBS to release all its shows on video. They have the entire series except for the last two story arcs. These videos are in the original format with each story arc divided into four or five episodes. Republic Pictures released only three story arcs (all from the first season) : "Ghost Story," "Who Burned Mr. Brinker's Store?" and "Into the Comics." In Republic Pictures' version, the four or five episodes for each arc were edited together into a feature length movie. The Republic Pictures version is no longer available in the market, but can still be found in some libraries. The GPN version is still available and can be purchased through their website. Republic Pictures Corporation (aka Republic Entertainment) is an independent film, television, and video distribution company that was originally a movie production-distribution corporation with studio facilities, best known for its specialization in quality B pictures, westerns and movie serials. ...


Awards and nominations

  • Writers Guild of America, USA, 1995
    • Won, WGA Award (TV) for Children's Script - Carin Greenberg Baker, for "Can't Stop The Music".
  • Young Artist Awards, 1993
    • Nominated, Outstanding Performers in a Children's Program: Todd Alexander, Blaze Berdahl, David López, Mayteana Morales, Tram-Anh Tran, Sheldon Turnipseed

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After cancellation and The New Ghostwriter Mysteries

The show halted production in February 1995 due to a lack of funding. In 1997, CBS aired a new version of the show, The New Ghostwriter Mysteries, but it was cancelled after one season due to low ratings. The new show had little in common with the original, changing Ghostwriter's on-screen appearance, introducing entirely new characters, and getting rid of the serial format of the original series. 1997 (MCMXCVII) was a common year starting on Wednesday of the Gregorian calendar. ... CBS is one of the largest radio and television networks in the United States. ... Ghostwriter, television series co-produced by what was then the Childrens Television Workshop and the BBC that aired on PBS in the United States from October 1992 to February 1995 and as reruns for some time after. ... It has been suggested that this article be split into multiple articles accessible from a disambiguation page. ...


The original version was rerun from 1995 to 1999 on PBS. UPN Kids block on UPN also ran re-runs for a short time in 1997. It aired on ABC for a short time in 1999. Then in 1999 it moved to the cable/satellite network Noggin, and subsequently on The N when The N became a part time channel/programming block on Noggin. It aired on The N until 2003. 1995 (MCMXCV) was a common year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar. ... 1999 (MCMXCIX) was a common year starting on Friday, and was designated the International Year of Older Persons by the United Nations. ... Not to be confused with Public Broadcasting Services in Malta. ... UPN Kids was part of the weekdays & weekends children portion of the UPNs programming. ... UPN (which originally stood for the United Paramount Network) was a television network in over 200 markets in the United States. ... The American Broadcasting Company (ABC) operates television and radio networks in the United States and is also shown on basic cable in Canada. ... 1999 (MCMXCIX) was a common year starting on Friday, and was designated the International Year of Older Persons by the United Nations. ... 1999 (MCMXCIX) was a common year starting on Friday, and was designated the International Year of Older Persons by the United Nations. ... Noggin is a cable television network in both the United States and United Kingdom. ... The-N is the nighttime block on Noggin for teens. ... Noggin is a cable television network in both the United States and United Kingdom. ... The-N is the nighttime block on Noggin for teens. ... 2003 (MMIII) was a common year starting on Wednesday of the Gregorian calendar. ...


External links

  • IMDb: Ghostwriter
  • TV.com: Ghostwriter
  • Ghostwriter Title and Air Dates Guide
  • Starlets Database entry on Ghostwriter Has the female team members' pictures, with a little lacking info.

 
 

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