What 'Pushing Daisies' Is About:
Ned can bring the dead back to life by touching them, but he has to touch them again to return them to death or someone else nearby will die instead. Ned uses his ability to help a private detective friend Emerson by asking murder victims who killed them. He also revives, and keeps alive, his childhood sweetheart, Charlotte (he calls her Chuck). Chuck and Ned fall for each other, and they?d be the perfect couple -- except that they can never touch.
Status of 'Pushing Daisies':
is currently not in production. It aired for 2 seasons, from Oct 10, 2007 to Jun 6, 2009. Network: ABC. For current showtimes see Show Listings
Pushing Daisies was created by Bryan Fuller, who also developed the underrated and similarly lyrical Wonderfalls and Dead Like Me. Fuller has also worked on Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, Star Trek: Voyager, and Heroes.
Key 'Pushing Daisies' Characters:
Lee Pace (Ned, also from Wonderfalls
) and Anna Friel (Chuck) have instant, smashing chemistry, and her enthusiasm and extroversion perfectly complement the reticence Ned has developed because of his gift. The rest of the cast, including Chi McBride (Emerson), Swoosie Kurtz (Lily), and Kristin Chenoweth (Olive), are equally delightful. Special mention must be made of the Narrator, Jim Dale, a tour guide and genial companion for this charming, surreal world of pie-makers, lonely tourists, and synchronized swimming agoraphobic aunts.
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Flavor of 'Pushing Daisies':
Delirious. Its heavily stylized format is not for everyone, but it?s important to note that this is not a madcap, zany, Monty-Pythoneque string of disconnects and blackouts: the story is carefully grounded in Ned and Chuck?s relationship, and how it affects Emerson, Olive, and the other people around them over the arc of the series.