Richie Moriarty of CBS’s ‘Ghosts’ Previews Appearance at Library of Congress

On Tuesday, April 9, the Library of Congress is hosting a panel and episode screening featuring cast members from the CBS show “Ghosts.” From 5 to 6 p.m., the library will host a display of items curated for each of the ghosts characters’ time periods. Cast members set to appear at the event include Asher Grodman, who plays ‘90s Wall Street “bro” Trevor, Danielle Pinnock, a Prohibition-era singer, Rebecca Wisocky, an 1800s lady of the house, Román Zaragoza, a Native American named Sasappis, and Richie Moriarty, a 1980s Boy Scout leader named Pete.

We spoke to Moriarty before the event. While he hasn’t been told what items might be on display for Pete, he is hoping they’ll unveil a DeLorean when they arrive (given Pete died in the mid-1980s). “No flux capacitor required, but it would be appreciated,” he said.

Moriarty auditioned for the role of Pete in February 2020. After getting the role, pre-production began March 11 and before the cast even got a chance to film anything, the show shut down one day later due to the pandemic.

Richie Moriarty plays 1980s era ghost and Boy Scout leader Pete on CBS’s Ghosts.

“After a very nerve-wracking nine months, I was finally flown back to Los Angeles to film the pilot in December 2020,” he said.

“Ghosts” is currently in its third season and was recently renewed for a fourth. The show is about a young woman (Samantha) who inherits a historic mansion in upstate New York. Her husband and she wish to turn it into a bed and breakfast, but during renovations an accident happens and Samantha develops the ability to see the ghosts that haunt the property.

The souls are in a sort of purgatory, and due to the many years they spent at the mansion, the eclectic group develops a close bond. The show is an American adaptation of the British version, which originally aired on the BBC.

“I have to credit the creators of the original BBC version of our show for creating a great concept and laying the foundation for our show,” Moriarty said. “A huge amount of credit must go to our showrunners, Joe Port and Joe Wiseman, who have done an amazing job making our version of “Ghosts” distinguishable, well-written and unique.”

Moriarty said the showrunners, along with an incredible writing staff, have done an incredible job balancing the comedic and heartwarming elements of the show.

“I think cast chemistry also plays a huge role in making the show feel likable,” he added. “The 10 of us that are series regulars on the show all really love and care for each other, and I think that comes across on screen.”

Moriarty has a unique tie to the Washington, D.C. area—he grew up in Rockville, Maryland. He visited D.C. often with his family but amazingly, he has never been to the Library of Congress. He does remember visiting the Air and Space Museum and Kennedy Center, though.

“I was also able to attend Bill Clinton’s first inauguration in 1993 with my parents and a friend from middle school,” he said. “It was incredibly cold that day. That’s about all I remember from it. Sorry, Bill!”

Moriarty also has fond memories of seeing the political satire group, The Capitol Steps, perform. He also visited Georgetown quite a bit growing up. He had an uncle who attended Georgetown University for undergraduate studies and medical school.

“Every time my mom drove us into D.C. from Rockville, she used to point out Georgetown across the Potomac and say ‘There’s Georgetown! You know your uncle went to Georgetown for undergrad and medical school.’ ”

Moriarty’s mother repeated it so often that it became a race to see who could announce it the second Georgetown became visible from the George Washington Parkway.

More information on how to register for the free event tomorrow can be found here. “Ghosts” airs Thursday evenings at 8:30 p.m. on CBS and streams on Paramount+.




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