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.