Extreme Ghostbusters is an animated television series and a follow-up to the animated series The Real Ghostbusters. It is a part of the Ghostbusters franchise, the series originally aired in late 1997, and features a team of younger college-level Ghostbusters who are led by veteran Ghostbuster Egon Spengler. In some TV listings, the show was called Ghostbusters Dark, set years after the end of The Real Ghostbusters, lack of supernatural activity has put the Ghostbusters out of business. When ghosts start to reappear, Egon is forced to recruit his four students as the new Ghostbusters. Filling the cast are Janine Melnitz, the Ghostbusters previous secretary who returns to the job, and Slimer, the series follows the adventures of this Next Generation of Ghostbusters tracking down and capturing ghosts all over New York and occasionally beyond the city. The series is styled as a comedy, following the trend set by its predecessor. This is reflected by the use of a gritty, rock/punk-inspired variation of Ray Parker, Jr. s song Ghostbusters as the theme written by Jim Latham. Showrunner Bob Higgins told Ability Magazine that the decision to create a new Ghostbusters was taken by the studio, who could kind of kick start the team. Fil Barlow, the designer, was given rough outlines and originally designed all the characters bar Eduardo as girls, when designed as Lucy, she was given proton-blasting callipers and crutches but producer Richard Raynis requested the wheelchair instead. The show ended up winning an award from the Los Angeles Commission on Disabilities for its work on Garrett, various elements would be changed before airing, Egon would replace Janine as the teacher, Slimer lost a goblin sidekick called Gnat, and Garrett was originally Lucas. Roland was originally a gentle giant, Eduardo had a dream of running in the Olympics. The team that helmed Extreme Ghostbusters consisted of producers and writers that had done work on The Real Ghostbusters. As a result, the show was made as an sequel to Real. Maurice LaMarche was brought back to play Egon Spengler — though Frank Welker and Laura Summer did not return to play Slimer and Janine, respectively. Egon Spengler - The only original Ghostbuster to become a regular in this spin-off series and he still lives in the fire house with Slimer, enabling the building to become the Ghostbusters headquarters when paranormal activity starts again. Before the first ghost escaped, Egon was teaching classes on the paranormal at New York City College - four people taking his class was double the usual. Other than ghosts, he also has an interest in mold and he continues to have romantic tension with Janine. The official website gave his age as 41 and in The Sphinx, he suffered a mid-life crisis, Janine Melnitz - The Ghostbusters original receptionist returns to the role after she is reunited with Egon by taking his Paranormal 101 class at New York City College
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From left to right in front: Garrett Miller, Kylie Griffin, Eduardo Rivera, and Roland Jackson.