Pushing Daisies: Chenoweth Talks About the TV Show’s Ending, the Movie, and Olive’s Future Life

Kristin Chenoweth on Pushing DaisiesABC’s quirky drama, Pushing Daisies, certainly has a lot of colorful characters. One of the most unique is waitress Olive Snook (Kristin Chenoweth) who has a crush on her pie-making employer. With the show coming to an end, more than a few have been wondering what might have been, including Chenoweth.

Pushing Daisies showcases the talents of performers like Lee Pace, Anna Friel, Chi McBride, Jim Dale, Ellen Greene, Swoosie Kurtz, Field Cate, Sean Lake, Sy Richardson, and Chenoweth. The fantasy TV show debuted on October 3, 2007 on ABC. Despite sagging ratings in season one, the network renewed Daisies for a second year. The size of the audience didn’t improve and ABC recently decided to pull the plug after 22 total episodes. Viewers will get some closure if/when the final episode airs.

The series’ creator, Bryan Fuller, has expressed interest in continuing the show in movie and comic book form. Those plans haven’t stopped one of the series’ stars from coming up with ideas for her character’s personal happy ending.

Chenoweth was recently interviewed to help promote TNT’s annual music concert Christmas in Washington that airs tomorrow night. When asked if she’d thought about Olive’s future life, the actress joked, “I’m just crazy enough to have planned out the whole next [season].”

Though Chenoweth cautions that these ideas are her own concoction and not Fuller’s, she says, “I have always envisioned that Ned eventually sees that he can have a real relationship with Olive. I have to believe that as an actress because I have to play her.”

She continues, “They do introduce Randy (David Arquette’s character) in the upcoming shows and I think that, if we were to go on, you would see that maybe Olive could move forward, not [move] on, but forward with somebody and find happiness. But I always pictured that Ned saw [this] and got a little jealous.”

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goes on to say, “I see her eventually, you know, getting in a relationship and still maybe not being completely satisfied, like many women are. They move forward but they never, they always have that one love.”

The actress says that she’s always played the role as if something serious would have happened between Olive and Ned if Chuck hadn’t shown up. “I think Ned and Chuck have this -– they kind of love that they have the fantasy world. But eventually, they’re both going to want [something] real, the touch. So anyway, you know, I don’t know if Ned and Olive will ultimately end up together.”

Her ideas for how the colorful story could end are, as Chenoweth readily admits, a little bit creepy. “I’m crazy. I think ahead like this. But I was always hoping that Ned was an old man and that Olive and Emerson had been brought back to life. Eventually Olive would know what the deal was. And then they would all four be together, even though they couldn’t touch.”

“I just kind of always thought that the four of them would never really let each other go. And even though Olive drives Emerson crazy, there’s a special relationship there.”

As you might expect, Chenoweth is still a bit upset about the way the Daisies series is coming to an end. Though it’s been reported that it was Fuller’s choice not to wrap up the story in the finale, she maintains that the decision was ABC’s. She says, “Our creator Bryan Fuller specifically asked if he could write an episode to write everything off and ABC specifically said, ‘No don’t do that.’ Because you never know what’s going to happen, see we didn’t know until recently that we were cancelled. So we went ahead and shot an episode thinking that they could be a possibility that we’d come back. Which you know is kind of a bummer, because our fans will be kind of like wait a minute, wait, what happens?”

Like many of the show’s fans, Chenoweth hopes that the cast and crew can reunite for a Daisies movie. She’d like to see the show continue in illustrated form as well, noting, “even though that would, you know, suck for us [the actors] because we are not comic book characters. We can’t like act those out. At least the fans will get closure and to be honest so would we… I’m extremely sad. I wished we could have had an episode where we wrapped it up.”

“Just keep on the lookout and hopefully there’ll be a movie. That’s why I’m keeping my fingers crossed.”

In the meantime, you can see Chenoweth perform some holiday songs tomorrow night on TNT for the Christmas in Washington concert. Check your local listings. Stay tuned! TV Series Finale home page

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  1. Mark says

    I hate to say it but the truth is that reality shows are cheap to produce thus they make money even if hardly anyone watches them. So when I good show like Pushing Daisies comes along…a show that obviously was expensive to produce – it does not last. The problem with TV now days is there are so many short series of a few episodes to two years that when a good one comes along, it takes a while to catch on even if it is a gem.
    Truth be told even though Pushing Daisies interested me from the first time I saw a trailer, I missed every episode on broadcast date except for two…even though I watched what episodes that I could on the Internet and purchased the first season on DVD, I am sure that my viewing did not count towards ratings.
    With people so busy these days and so many opportunities to watch programming at different times or on different media, some of which may not be recorded and affect ratings, it is no wonder that so many great shows are canceled in their embryonic stage.
    This is one reason some people need to be Billionaires…if I had the funds, I would gladly produce this show and keep it running….profit or not. There are not enough people around really supporting the arts…yes there are people investing in ART for their own financial and egotistical purposes – however – there are few people out there saving great screenplays and television from the scrap heap.
    This is one show that should have ran a decade…it does not take but a small fraction of some people’s wealth to keep a visually stunning and imagination provoking series like this in production.
    If there were more people out there who really cared about enriching the human cultural experience, shows like this would not get canceled after 22 episodes.

  2. Sailesh says

    Loved this show on my network and then bought the DVD box set and watched the entire first season. It’s not everyone’s cup of tea, agreed, but it is undoubtedly good story telling and something fantastic and quirky. Why can’t we have something like this on air? Must we have chick flick Tv like Gossip Girl, Gilmore Girls, Lipstick Jungle and all that humbug? Surely ABC must reconsider. And yes, it’s true Boston Legal has lost its charm and quirkiness. It seems no one wants the wonderful world’s like Picket Fences, Ally McBeal and other such mad and wonderful shows. Pity.

  3. Devon Pettygrove says

    Pushing Daisies and Dirty, Sexy, Money were both great and innovative television shows with decent ratings. So why cancel them? I will tell you why because ABC wanted room for their stupid reality shows like Wipeout. ABC and the other television stations needs to get their head out of their butt and cancel these reality shows!

  4. Della Blough says

    Rarely do shows of this caliber come along. Everything from the fantasy storyline, extraordinary costumes, and superb acting; this show is a one in a million. This was a program that my whole family enjoyed watching. Two married daughters along with their spouses and an 18 year old son and his girlfriend all loved this show. The writers have great imagination and were able to weave together great episodes. I hope ABC reconsiders. ABC seems to do this over and over every year. I WILL NOT GET HOOKED ON ANOTHER ONE OF THEIR SERIES only to be DISAPPOINTED yet again!!!!!!!!!!! Get rid of the “reality” and bring this darling show back! I am hoping another network wil pick it up. Love, love, love the talented Chenoweth. :)

  5. Doreen says

    Pushing Daisies and Dirty Sexy Money were my two favorite shows on ABC. They both had a plot so must be canceled. ABC needs to wake up and cancel some of the junk they call tv instead of these two great shows.

  6. Heidi R says

    Direct TV please PICK up this awesome gem of a show, put it on the 101 network. ABC is out of touch, showing mindless reality crap.

  7. Connie says

    Travelers would have faired better than this show! You should NEVER of cancelled Travelers just to replace it with this show! Didn’t work! Just like cancelling DSM & Eli won’t work either! Who in the heck are making these dumb decisions at ABC anyway? Whom ever they are, the need to be fired before they run ABC into the ground!

  8. says

    This is the best show on TV. I am so disappointed to see it going away. I do hope that Bryan Fuller will do a movie of this most original of shows.

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