Pushing Daisies Creator is Back on TV

By Tim Surette

Aug 12, 2010

... TV supergenius Bryan Fuller, the man behind the late Pushing Daisies, Dead Like Me, and Wonderfalls, is returning to television. Fuller has sold his latest project to Syfy, which is ramping up its efforts with several new original series. Fuller's newest offering, The Lotus Caves, is based on the book of the same name that follows colonists who go beyond the boundaries of their lunar settlement and discover a system of caves ruled by super-intelligent pie-makers. I mean aliens. [Syfy via press release]

... When you are a big-time TV producer, you sometimes forget that there are other people in the world. Because you are a huge jerk. Mark Gordon, producer on shows such as Grey's Anatomy, Criminal Minds, and Army Wives, attended a table read for Lifetime's Army Wives and launched into a recreation of a scene from the movie Blazing Saddles. He reportedly grabbed someone (or himself) in a headlock and screamed (apologies for language), "I'm going to kill you nigger... nigger." Now, that can be funny when it's in a Mel Brooks movie and African-American actor Cleavon Little does it, but when it's some rich white guy who does it in a meeting with multiple African-American actresses in attendance (Gabrielle Union and Wendy Davis), it's worthy of TV.com's Bonehead of the Day award. Gordon has since apologized. [Deadline Hollywood]

... I thought this had already happened, but apparently I'm an idiot. AMC has made it official: Its next series will be the show formerly known as The Killing (it's currently untitled), based on the Danish series Forbrydelsen. The mystery is set in Seattle and follows the police investigation of a girl's murder. Big Love's Mireille Enos will star, with Billy Campbell and Michelle Forbes also in the cast. [Deadline Hollywood]

... Jennifer Lopez will NOT be an American Idol judge, and you'll never believe why! She made too many "unreasonable" demands! I know, weird, right? Apparently J-Lo wanted $20 million and her own makeup/wardrobe trailer, complete with an elite team of stylists. She also demanded a unicorn for traveling around the set. [The Live Feed]

... Jack Black's next TV guest appearance won't be where you expect it to be. The "funny" man has landed a stint on Nickelodeon's pedophile paradise hit iCarly. He'll play a "videogame nemesis" to Spencer. [EW]

... Marcia Gay Harden, who can act circles around anyone, is returning to Law & Order: SVU to reprise her role as federal agent Dana Lewis. She'll reappear in the eighth episode of the upcoming 12th season. [TV Guide]

... Former Prison Break baddie Robert Knepper has found a new show to be all evil on. Knepper will appear on the upcoming NBC show Chase as an ex-gangster who gets back into the naughty side of things. Knepper was last seen on that horrible show Heroes. Did I just say Heroes was horrible? Yeah I did! Bring it, Heroes fans! [Vulture]

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  • Flamboyant22 Aug 15, 2010

    You love bashing TV shows, don't you? But wow, you didn't take it out on True Blood this time. What an objectivity.

  • neJANIS Aug 15, 2010

    Heroes had great first season, after that it indeed was horrible.

  • torontogirl98 Aug 15, 2010

    Ah this article made my heart ache for pushing daisies such an amazing show it was

  • HannahLydiaR Aug 14, 2010

    I'd rather say 3/4 of Heroes was horrible, because if I remember correctly the first season was incredibly awesome.
    Then they saved the cheerleader. And the world. Or not.

  • Starprincess13 Aug 13, 2010

    AMC's new show sounds interesting. Ill probably check it out.

  • estella87 Aug 13, 2010

    And here I was hoping that 'Sylar' would be back on TV. But then again - Robert Knepper was the "better bad guy", and I already liked him on Prison Break ;)

  • lexirockford Aug 13, 2010

    Milo Ventimiglia's prettyness got me through the first two and a half seasons of Heroes, but after that, not even this diehard fangirl could stomach that show.

  • TIGRBOAR25 Aug 13, 2010

    Wait.... Heroes has fans still?

  • tjaman Aug 13, 2010

    Bryan Fuller and Syfy is a match made in geek heaven and I wish him all the best. :)

  • KevinG87 Aug 13, 2010

    I HATED Robert Knepper on Heroes. that was one of the stupidest storylines they ever did. i'm also not interested in Chase so whatever. i'm super excited about the new Bryan Fuller show. the three shows mentioned are among my favorite shows ever so i'm glad he's doing something else. my only hope is that Syfy doesn't slip the season into two seperate parts, i hate that. and no VConn, Pushing Daisies had two seasons as did Dead Like Me. Wonderfalls only last one, and it didn't even get to finish the episodes, but clearly as everybody who visits this site knows, just because a show is canceled doesn't reflect how good it is. and ratings are a poor way to judge a show anyway since they're completely false (if they want it to be 100% true, everybody needs to take part, and they don't)

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