What happened to the flower power at ABC? Pushing Daisies, the critical favorite that turned primetime television upside-down, may be the latest show to be on the short side of a television executive's grievous error. With production on the series' initial 13-episode order due to end on November 12, the lack of a full-season pickup has Daisies fans and cast members thinking the touch of death is near.
There will never be another show like Pushing Daisies. Of that, I am certain. That's not to say there won't be shows that are better than it--there are plenty on right now--but Pushing Daisies was about as unique as they come. ABC begins airing the final three episodes on Saturday, after which it will remain off television forever.
"Just want you to stop staring at that spot where your father died"--Lily Charles, Pushing Daisies
The facts are these: ABC's Pushing Daisies is like nothing you've ever seen on television, it was critically acclaimed in its debut season last year, and it got screwed by the writers' strike. But it's back, and season number two debuts Wednesday night.
What's the deal with network executives, anyway? Can they simply not handle awesome television? Why must they tease us with one or two seasons of quality programming, then cancel good shows in favor of idiotic reality replacements? Is that really the way the world works now?
The facts are these: Things aren't looking good for our beloved Pushing Daisies. The ABC drama, once cherished as a breath of fresh air in another monotonous television season is now surrounded by the putrid stink of death. Production on the show's initial 13-episode order wraps up today, and guess what...ABC still hasn't ordered more from the Pushing Daisies producers.
While Democratic presidential nominee Barack Obama makes his last push to stay fresh in people's minds before the public decides his future, Ned the pie maker will be doing the exact same thing.
After purchasing 30-minute blocks of airtime simultaneously on NBC, CBS, and Fox, Obama will be seen at 8 p.m. on Wednesday night campaigning for the presidency with just a week left before US citizens hit the ballot boxes. According to Variety, the Obama camp was offered the same time slot on ABC by the network for a cool one million, but Obama officials passed.
Maybe--maybe--all you Pushing Daisies fans are finally over your bitter rage directed at ABC's decision to cancel Bryan Fuller's whimsical show. Now it's time to focus on the important thing: when can we see those last three unaired episodes?