Okay, I got the go ahead in The Community Forum. I don't know is there will be enough support to keep this thread around forever, but I am just so excited that Pushing Daisies starts tonight! I am having friends over and we are having a nice dinner and, of course, pie. I went to a promo event last week and got a Pushing Daisies pie server. It will be nice to have a chance to use it.
And here is an article from TV.com about the show:
Five Reasons: Pushing Daisies
By Tim Surette
Published: September 30, 2008 at 05:34:00 PM
Pie-maker Ned gives life, takes life with a touch; is ABC's "forensic fairytale" worth watching? Check out five reasons to and not to watch.
In Five Reasons, TV.com takes an early look at upcoming episodes of shows and scoops what's good and bad about the program we just watched. We're not telling you to watch it or telling you to avoid it--we're just offering up our two cents as a helpful guide.
"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 was critically acclaimed in its debut season last year, got screwed by the writers strike, and is like nothing you've ever seen on television.
If you know nothing about the show, what I am about to say may just leave you scratching your head or banging your skull against a wall… or it may just be right up your alley. That's the thing about Pushing Daisies, it separates the freaks from the norms.
The drama/comedy follows Ned (Lee Pace), a pie-maker who can bring back the dead with the touch of his hand. But there are rules: touch them again and they're dead for good, don't touch them again within a minute and someone else dies. So naturally, Ned revives his childhood crush, who he can never touch again, and goes on to solve murder mysteries by talking to the deceased victims and figuring out whodunit.
Pushing Daisies certainly isn't for everyone, but now is as good a time as ever to get into it. Does Pushing Daisies still have the magic touch? We give you five reasons to watch and not to watch… now!
Five reasons you should watch Pushing Daisies
1. The cast (especially Chi McBride)
Lee Pace, Anna Friel, Kristen Chenoweth, Chi McBride, Swoosie Kurtz, and Ellen Greene are picture perfect for Pushing Daisies. Pace and Friel play off each other with impeccable timing, Chenoweth is pint-sized energy, and Kurtz and Greene are adorable (did I just say 'adorable'?) as the recently sort-of deceased aunts of Chuck (short for Charlotte, played by Friel). But the real draw here is McBride as Emerson Cod, the scheming money-hungry detective who exploits Ned's gift and delivers the best one-liners on television. Plus, episode one features guest stars French Stewart (3rd Rock From the Sun), Missi Pyle (Galaxy Quest), and Autumn Reeser (The O.C.).
2. Creator Bryan Fuller
Genius doesn't even begin to describe Fuller. Easily one of television's most creative showrunners, Fuller is a hero for anyone who has a romantic-goth sensibility but doesn't enjoy wearing black nail polish. He's the brains behind Dead Like Me and the wonderfully twisted Wonderfalls (seriously--rent the DVD NOW), and his obsession with quirkiness, beauty, and death live on in Pushing Daisies.
3. Escapism from boring-catraz
Pushing Daisies, with its fairy-tale like atmosphere, is the best way to leave behind a lame nine-to-five job, those pesky house payments, and everything else that sucks in your life. The season premiere blasts into outer space with some of the nuttiest escapism seen in the series, including a Sound of Music nod featuring Olive (Chenoweth).
4. Production values are BIG
Pushing Daisies' set design, costuming, and editing are HUGE. Episode 2.01 (that's fancy talk for the first episode of season two) involves a murder at Betty's Bees honey products, and the company's headquarters are decked out in honeycomb-shaped everything. Bonus: the honeycomb-shaped doors in the main office! Check the show out in high definition and get ready for a color-filled spectacle.
5. The impossible love story
The awwwwww-inspiring love story between Ned and Chuck tugs at the heartstrings. Two people obviously meant to be together but who can never touch each other (if Ned does, Chuck is dead forever) is beautifully tragic.
Five reasons you shouldn't watch Pushing Daisies
1. Some "gag me" lovey dovey stuff
The romance between Ned and Chuck is cute… too cute. They'll say some thing to each other that will make the soft of heart swoon, but the rest of us swallow bile.
2. Snooty dialogue
Fuller has a knack for rapid-fire dialogue swollen with puns, alliteration, and other wordplay. Personally, I love it, but some may find it a little too much to swallow.
3. It doesn't fit into any genre
For those of you out there who need to know if you are watching a comedy or a drama or whatever, good luck pigeon-holing Pushing Daisies. It's a lethal cocktail of whimsy, laughs, romance, and a murder mystery--and I have a feeling that just doesn't sit too well with some people.
4. Quirkiness overload
I can not stress this enough: Pushing Daisies is quirky with a capital 'Q' and a dollop of totally freakin' weird. To like the show, you'll have to accept a weird honey company, a nun-tastic Sound of Music homage, and a new bovine friend for Olive. You certainly won't see that kind of stuff on CSI.
5. The impossible love story
Arghhhhh! Won't they just get it on already or move on!?!?!?