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Jamie Kennedy a psych expert? Yes, on Ghost Whisperer

by Allison Waldman, posted Jun 11th 2008 2:23PM
JkennedyIn a move as big as his executive producing Living with Fran, Jamie Kennedy has decided to return to series television. In fact, Jay Mohr's loss is Jamie's gain. Jamie Kennedy has signed on to the CBS psychic drama Ghost Whisperer. It's not a guest role or a mini-arc, he's a regular. Yes, Jamie Kennedy will be a regular and will play a dramatic role. Okay, he'll try to play it straight. Perhaps this will be the ultimate Jamie Kennedy experiment?

Jay Mohr was the college connection with whom Melinda consulted on Ghost Whisperer, but now that he's getting his own sitcom on the networks, Project Gary, GW needs a new character to provide the same kind of insight. Jamie will play Eli, a college grad student.

He gets friendly with Melinda while Mohr's character, Professor Rick Payne, exits after the first couple of shows to take a sabbatical. That's good news for Jay, because if his show flops, he can return to Ghost Whisperer. (Having seen the Project Gary pilot, don't be surprised if this is exactly what happens.)

Ghost Whisperer is heading into its fourth year on CBS and will continue to lead off Friday nights at 8 o'clock. Recently, the fire at Universal Studios destroyed some sets on which the show filmed scenes in the past. The damage was not serious enough to impede production, though, and the look of Grandview will continue to look the same as always.

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At first glance of this article my first thought was, "Awwha! That's why in the final scene of this season's finale we see and hear Jay's character saying, 'Why are there only five shadows [on the ground] when there are six of us standing here?'"

I thought one of these characters is leaving the show. Either one of them is a ghost, vampire, or about to be killed off ... or something. Now I know which one it is. How much you want to bet Prof. Payne's sabbatical involves him going off in search of his shadow? Only to return once his other show is canceled, err, his shadow is found. LOL

June 11 2008 at 7:32 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

That's life. People come, people go.

I liked Mohr on this show. I hope Kennedy does a good turn as well.

June 11 2008 at 4:56 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

I'm not sure how I feel about this revolving cast on GW. Granted its been just the supoorting players, which seem to be replacable. Just wondering what it is about "Ghost Whisperer" where first Aisha Tyler leaves then Jay Moher. And why is "Ghost Whisperer" always bringing on traditionally comedic characters? Just some observations.

June 11 2008 at 3:52 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

damn, must have missed that Jay was heading out. He's actually been quite decent on GW. Certainly wish him luck in the new show...but hopefully we've not seen the last of Professor Payne

June 11 2008 at 2:31 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
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I'd be willing to bet Prof. Payne will be back. Jay's new show doesn't sound like it will be long for the airwaves. Although, what gets cancelled and what makes it doesn't often make a lot of sense, so who knows?

June 11 2008 at 3:25 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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