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'Haunted Hathaways' Renewed For 2nd Season (Chico Benymon & Sons Haunt A Single Mother)

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by Tambay A. Obenson
October 21, 2013 12:59 PM
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A series I have yet to watch a single episode of has been renewed for a second season.

Nickelodeon has ordered a 22-episode second season (after a 20-episode first season) of its freshman half-hour comedy project The Haunted Hathaways, from writer-producer Robert Peacock

The series, which drew 2.3 million total viewers on average (and a 4.0 rating), airing during the Saturday 8:30 PM slot, centers on a single mother (played by Ginifer King) and her daughters (Amber MontanaBreanna Yde), who move to New Orleans and learn that their new house is already occupied by a father (played by Chico Benymon) and his sons (Curtis Harris & Lil’ P-Nut).

And as if that isn't already enough of a surprise, they further discover that the father and his sons happen to be ghosts!

By the way, in case you haven't already figured it out, the single mother and her daughters are white, and the single ghost father and his ghost sons are black.

How exactly (or if) race plays any part in the narrative, I can't offer any commentary on, since, again, I haven't watched a single episode of the series. I generally avoid Nickelodeon since I'm not exactly in the network's target audience, and this is a series made especially for kids. 

But I've added it to me to-see list, so I'll check it out eventually.

If you've been following it, your thoughts???

It's probably not unintentional that both parents are single - even though one of them is a ghost. 

But it's certainly an unconventional premise, and I guess I'll give Nickelodeon a nod for trying something that seems like something unique.

The 38-year-old Chico Benymon is likely best known for his role as Andre "SpencerWilliams on the UPN comedy Half & Half.

Curtis Harris played a young Anthony Mackie in Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter, and has featured in several TV series.

And Lil' P-Nut (aka Benjamin Flores Jr.) is a relative newbie (according to his IMDB page anyway), providing the voice for Atticus in Happy Feet Two.

Boyce Bugliari Jamie McLaughlin, creators of the 2011 Nick series Bucket & Skinner’s Epic Adventures, are showrunners.

Here's a full episode form last season, which I lifted from Nickelodeon's website, where you can watch more if you'd like:

Haunted Hathaways: "Haunted Sleepover" S1

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5 Comments

  • JBoogie | October 23, 2013 12:10 AMReply

    Lil P-Nut is a jerk on the show but he's a cutie. He's actually was a kid rapper at the age of 4, so I'm guessing that's how he got discovered. I almost didn't recognize Chico with that mustache, and when I found out that was him I was shocked! I like the show. I like how we can show black and white families living together. Even though racism doesn't seem to play a part in the show. Maybe more sexism, but that's it. I have a feeling that Chico and Ginifer's character may fall in love, EVENTUALLY, I mean, how else could they be single parents living together and not having feelings for one another. Then again, The black cast are ghosts, so that's probably not possible. I do feel like the black cast don't get a chance to really be in reality, since they are non existent to other humans, so I'm just wondering how far the show can get with half of the cast is not communicating with anyone else but the Hathaways.

  • Phred G. | October 21, 2013 7:27 PMReply

    EEEEWWWWWWWWW! Bad for even a LITTLE KIDS show. Spencer shoulda married Mona. Or even Little DeeDee.

  • Winston | October 21, 2013 2:04 PMReply

    The very first episode has the younger boy in a dress, quick fast. They don't waste any time, do they?

  • Not Funny | October 21, 2013 1:41 PMReply

    This show is... in a word.. HORRIBLE!!
    My two young sons watch Nickelodeon along with some other children networks, so I'm sometimes find myself in front of the TV looking at their shows.
    This is by far, the worst show I've seen in awhile.
    The casting in bad.
    The premise is stupid.
    By above all...It not even remotely funny.
    On any level.
    Even my sons hate..I mean HATE this show.

    It's Tyler Perry sitcom unfunny... but for kids

  • Akimbo | October 21, 2013 1:46 PM

    Yeah, it's abysmal. And it seems like the family of black male ghosts basically serves to help the white female out of jams/teach them valuable lessons.

    Go back to stage plays, Chico Benymon.

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