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TV Review: ‘Ghosted,’ Starring Adam Scott and Craig Robinson

In this paranormal buddy comedy, two unlikely partners are tasked with investigating a scientist's mysterious disappearance

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Craig Robinson, Adam Scott, Adeel Akhtar, Amber Stevens West. With Ally Walker.

Craig Robinson and Adam Scott star in this paranormal buddy-cop comedy about a mall security guard and a disgraced professor who are recruited by a shadowy government agency to investigate a mysterious disappearance. If that already sounds ridiculous, that’s the point; the sitcom is a lightweight spoof of science-fiction infosec thrillers that speeds through plot points at lightning speed.

The meat of the sitcom is in the relationship between Leeroy (Robinson) and Max (Scott), which brings two very different loners together in a shared mission. Leeroy, a former LAPD officer, left the force after his poor decision-making left his partner dead; Max isn’t a professor anymore because his full-throated belief that aliens abducted his wife. Scott, the better known of the pair, is an adorably goofy partner, but it’s Robinson that emerges as the show’s standout comedian, with delivery and emphasis that makes even the dumbest little jokes funny. Pilot director and EP Jonathan Krisel is a veteran of the indie comedy scene, with writing and directing credits on “Portlandia,” “Kroll Show,” and “Baskets” (which he created) — and his touch is evident in the slight tragedy underpinning the breathless zaniness.

Based on just the pilot, the single-cam has a nice, escapist little atmosphere with elements of horror; it’s hard to tell if that will be enough to sustain it. But fans of both comedians — and fans of spoofs — will likely find enough to keep them amused with “Ghosted.”

TV Review: 'Ghosted,' Starring Adam Scott and Craig Robinson

Comedy, 10 episodes (pilot reviewed): Fox, Sun. Oct. 1, 8:30 p.m. 30 min.

Crew: Executive producers, Tom Gormican, Kevin Etten, Craig Robinson, Adam Scott, Naomi Scott, Mark Schulman, Oly Obst, Jonathan Krisel (pilot only)

Cast: Craig Robinson, Adam Scott, Adeel Akhtar, Amber Stevens West. With Ally Walker.

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