The elder Ned

Just fin­ished watch­ing the lat­est episode of Ghost Whis­per­er, and they have changed the actor who play’s Cam­ryn Man­heim’s son, Ned. Instead of being a four­teen year-old, geeky boy strug­gling with his home­work, he’s now a high-school nerd-hunk who wears leather jack­ets and slouch­es cute under his tou­sled hair.

He’s a fine actor, the new Ned, and it cer­tain­ly gives the show a few more avenues to explore. In this episode, for exam­ple, they had oppor­tu­ni­ties for Ghost Assis­tant Ned, help­ing Melin­da in her work (hub­by is too busy work­ing to sup­port Mel’s antiques habit, and Jay Mohr is too expen­sive to have on screen much). Hunky Ned has a bit of a naive charm about him, but he cer­tain­ly let’s Melin­da act all hip with the kids and what. Per­haps they are just try­ing to avoid the curse of becom­ing our gen­er­a­tion’s Mur­der, She Wrote.

Jury is out on what old Ned is doing now (he real­ly is 14, so he may just be tak­ing a break from being type­cast to go to real high school).

That said, I kept wait­ing and wait­ing for the inevitable inside-joke line about Ned grow­ing up so fast. Even­tu­al­ly Cam­ryn Man­heim got the call, in a tear­ful pas­sage about her lit­tle boy becom­ing a man. I had my mon­ey on Jay Mohr, snark­i­ly not­ing how boys grow like weeds or some­thing.

Melinda Gordon needs better cell phone service

We’re sit­ting here watch­ing our sec­ond episode of Ghost Whis­per­er of the night, and Melin­da just checked her cell phone and found the dread­ed “No Ser­vice” mes­sage. That makes two per­ilous sit­u­a­tions in a row where her cell phone com­pa­ny has failed her. You’d think they’d get more tow­ers in Grand­view.

In oth­er news, I may watch too much TV.