There are many shows that were cancelled before their time. Such was the case with the quirky fantasy comedy Pushing Daisies.
Pushing Daisies aired on ABC from October 3, 2007 to June 13, 2009. It told the story of Ned (Lee Pace) who had an unique gift in which he could resurrect people from the dead with a touch. The down side was that when someone was brought back to life, someone would immediately die. Additionally, if Ned touched the person he brought back to life a second time, the person who drop dead immediately and this time it would be permanent.
As a young boy, Ned discovered his gift when he brought his dog back to life after the animal was hit by a car but in doing so, he caused the death of the girl next door, he’s childhood sweetheart, Charlotte “Chuck” Charles (Anna Friel). Ned is able to bring his mother back to life but she dies again when she kisses him goodnight.
When he becomes an adult, Ned is a baker and opens a pie shop called the Pie Hole. A private investigator named Emerson Cod (Chi McBride) discovers Ned’s usual gift and they become partners- Ned will use his ability to bring murder victims back to life briefly so they can tell Emerson how they died, thus enabling him to solve their murder. Then, they split the money Cod makes from the case, which would help Ned’s pie business from financial ruin. Additional cast include Kristin Chenoweth, Swoosie Kurtz, Ellen Greene and Field Cate.
In addition to the fantasy storytelling, the set direction and music was like something straight out a fairy tale. The series was brilliantly creative. Unfortunately, it became one of the casualties of the 2008 Writers’ Strike and was never able to pick up its momentum after it returned when the strike ended.
Sadly, Pushing Daisies was cancelled shortly thereafter. With an intriguing premise, it’s a shame that Pushing Daisies was short-lived.
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