Pushing Daisies isn't

By Tim Surette

Oct 23, 2007

There's no immediate need for Ned the pie maker to touch Pushing Daisies; the show isn't dying anytime soon.

The facts are these: The young show is only 19 days, 18 hours, and 25 minutes old, but ABC has deemed the show worthy of a full-season pickup. The network has added nine episodes to the romantic dramedy's initial 13-show order, giving Pushing Daisies a 22-episode first season.

Pushing Daisies was praised by critics after screeners went out and quickly became the fall season's most buzzed-about show. However, many were still concerned for the show's success because Daisies' odd plot and presentation--its colorful sets and third-person narration (courtesy of Harry Potter's Jim Dale) give it a storybook-style quality--might ward off primetime viewers.

Turns out it didn't matter. Fans have flocked to the show, and it has won its Wednesday 8 p.m. time slot in the key demographic during its first three airings, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

Creator Bryan Fuller (Wonderfalls, Dead Like Me) brought his playful sense of macabre to the show, which ABC calls a "forensic fairytale." Lee Pace (who previously worked with Fuller on Wonderfalls) stars as Ned, a man with the ability to bring the dead back to life with a single touch...but only once. Should he touch the revived again, they die forever. However, if he keeps the revived around for longer than a minute, someone else in proximity dies for good.

A private investigator named Emerson Cod (Chi McBride) discovers Ned's power and decides he would make a good ally: Revive murder victims, ask them who killed them, then collect the reward. All goes swimmingly until Ned revives his childhood crush Charlotte (Anna Friel), and he realizes he can never touch her again.

Daisies joins Private Practice as the only two new shows picked up for full seasons by ABC so far this year.

While the Daisies pickup isn't entirely a surprise, another move by ABC may raise a few eyebrows. The network has ordered three more scripts of Carpoolers, the comedy from former Kids in the Hall player Bruce McCulloch. Script orders are generally a positive sign in the industry, but as noted before, do not necessarily guarantee more episodes.

Carpoolers follows the hilarity encountered by four men who drive to work together.

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  • 39haseksabres Feb 28, 2008

    I hope carpoolers stays. This is one of the best new shows in a while!

  • tltrude Nov 28, 2007

    If the carpoolers could just drive into a worm hole, to an alternate time slot, it might be saved.

  • NeverTheSame91 Nov 12, 2007

    Hoorah! Hoorah! 'Nuff said.

  • kstolar Nov 04, 2007

    love love love pushing daisies!

  • pinklavender Oct 26, 2007

    This is absolutely brilliant news because it is such a good show and not because it has a Brit influence with Anna Friel and Jim Dale (whose commentary makes it so good!); the whole show has a wonderful atmosphere about it and it is a great change to see something with a feel-good factor! I hope we get many many more series out of this fabulous storyline!

  • Numb3rsfan1 Oct 25, 2007

    Hooray for Pushing Daisies!!!!

    I wish that it comes here to my country (NZ)!!!!

  • Silver_Sword_14 Oct 25, 2007

    Well, this is a pleasant surprise. Definitely one of fall's best series, and I'm happy to hear ABC sticking with it.

  • kalsirsk Oct 25, 2007

    i heard its a good show maybe i shoudl watch it

  • lostcy Oct 25, 2007

    they made a right decision! Pushing Daisies is a wonderful tv-series!

  • ainav Oct 25, 2007

    Im so excited for Pushing Daisies it rocks =]

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