Friday, May 28, 2010

Goodbye and Thank You

By now most of you will have heard: Ghost Whisperer will not return.

Obviously all of us involved with creating the show are heartbroken. We're all now working hard to find new homes for ourselves and our coworkers. It's a painful and uneasy process, but I'm confident everyone will find what they're looking for in time. They're too talented not to.

I wanted to take a moment to thank not only all of my co-creators behind the scenes, but also the rest of you: the viewers and fans who create an audience, who create a demand for our work, and ultimately, who are the reason we do what we do. It's always tempting to be cynical and say network television is just about selling soap. But the deeper truth is that it responds to a need we each have: to share experience, to connect to others, to process daunting emotions, and sometimes simply to feel something. Ghost Whisperer has always been a show that wore these needs on its sleeve, and to me there's no shame in that. There's only pride and joy.

Ghost Whisperer is also a show about loss, and now we've all lost something together. I've found it helpful to remember some of the things we've observed about loss on our show. That all things must come to an end. That there's a reason for everything. And that sometimes it's the burden of the living to search and search for that reason, even sometimes to create it from nothing, and by doing so to lend meaning to what may appear meaningless, sense to what seems senseless.

For me the meaning is not in how or why the show ended, but in how it lived: through a special bond between the hundreds of people who made the show and the millions who enjoyed it. It's a bond that can never be broken. In part because many of you will continue to enjoy the show in re-runs and on DVD -- but also because the bond will be rebuilt as each of the show's makers finds work on new projects, and each of you finds new characters and stories to enjoy, and inevitably, even if invisibly, many of those will be the same.

With all my love and appreciation, until we next meet --

P.K. Simonds
May 28, 2010