Pushing Daisies: Cancelled ABC Series Finally Returns; Then What?

Pushing DaisiesAfter a five month hiatus, Pushing Daisies returns tonight with the first of three unaired episodes. ABC of course cancelled the show months ago due to low ratings.

Though the final episode (airing in the U.S. on June 13th) was initially a cliffhanger, series creator Bryan Fuller went back and reedited the final few moments. They’re now a flash-forward to give viewers a sense of closure to the show.

But, the story of the piemaker and his friends isn’t over just yet. While the TV show has ended, Fuller is hard at work on a 12 issue series of Pushing Daisies comic books for DC Comics. The printed stories will, in part, fill in the time gap between most the last episode and the brief flash-forward. They’ll also take us in a whole new direction.

Fuller recently teased EOnline, “I think the comic book is great, because it has all the characters in it, and it starts a new story. It’s basically Chuck, Ned, Emerson and Olive versus 1,000 corpses, so it becomes a zombie movie, but the zombies are articulate and smart and can do things that no other zombies can do. The Pie-Maker versus 1,000 corpses.”

If that goes well, Fuller hopes there will be more. He said, “I literally just finished outlining the 12-episode arc, which has an ending that propels us into another big story, so it’s kind of blackmailing [DC] into ordering more comics, but we’ll see if that’ll happen. We were unable to blackmail ABC, and we had to go back and redo our [television] ending, so it’s more satisfying for the fans.”

No word on when the comics will be released but there’s also the season two DVDs to look forward to. The set is scheduled to be released on July 21st and will include lots of featurettes and other tasty tidbits.

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  1. solar girl says

    I looked forward to this show every week, because it was one of the only shows on TV with an interesting and creative take on life and one’s surroundings!! As a former “Friends” fan, currently stuck in a world of reality TV shows, I found very little to keep my attention. This show is a gem, and ABC should consider similar shows in the future!


  2. says

    I missed the last episode of PD. I was shocked when I read that it WAS the last episode! I eagerly looked foreward to each episode, even waiting months in between episodes. Please, rerun the finale again. Perhaps even the whole series as reruns. I swear, it was the only show I actually looked foreward to watching.

  3. Beth says

    Pushing Daisies was the best show on TV is a very long time. Reality shows are a waste of time and ABC needs to rethink cancelling this wonderful show.

  4. Amy Welch says

    I love that show!! It’s one of the best conedies or just t.v. shows that I’ve seen in a very long time. It was charming, whimsical and any time I watched I felt happier as corny as that sounds. PD was awesome and ABC is just plain dumb for getting rid of it. I don’t much care for ABC constantly cramming reality tv down my throat. I’m tired of seeing people in well planned and thoughtout situations win money its ridiculious and really an insult to my intellgence.

  5. Phoebe says

    I’m in Asia and we just got the final episode of PD here yesterday. I had no idea the show was ending until I saw the final few minutes. I sat with my mouth open (really!) at the appalling idiocy of ABC. This was a gem of a show. I agree with all the comments about reality TV shows. Ugh! Finally with PD there was a show that was not only original and creative, but witty, charming and uplifting. Each episode left me with a warm glow – almost as if I’d had a slice of Ned’s pie. Isn’t that what we need in these difficult times? To the ABC execs who made this decision: Hang your heads in shame!

  6. John says

    Gave me the chills, such a shame to take away a show that stimulated the brain. The reason they take shows like this and arrested developement, as well as Earl is for the simple fact that it’s easier to just show a bunch of dumbass reality show actors so they can be lazy. We are forced to watch this garbage if its all that’s on. Pushing daiseys got amazing reviews. ABC along with the rest of Tv has been brutally murdered and no touch will bring them back. Ironcally reality tv is faker than story driven gems like PD. F*ck you ABC

  7. says

    i would really like to see this show again with new episodes and I dont really think that it should be made in to a movie it wouls loose the feeling of wanting more and being so happy next week when you finally get to see how the charcters bounce back from whatever happened last week but with a movie it just doesn’t have the same effect and you aren’t as happy with the turn out. Its just not a good Idea

  8. Stephanie says

    I agree! Personally, I think that if you are not going to have a real ending to the show you should have a movie, even a made for T.V. movie would be nice. It would give the fans a sense of closure, even more so than a comic book.

  9. Kathy says

    Bring back pushing daisies it is the best show ever written! Networks can keep all these reality tv shows but a show as great as pushing daisis comes along and they ax it! ABC needs to think about what its doing!

  10. Sarah says

    This was the best show that ever existed. I’ve got the first, now I need the 2nd season. I’ll order those comics asap!

  11. Chris says

    This show was so awsome!!!!!! had to be one of the best shows out now. i don’t get how stupid shows like Are you smarter than a fith grader get to stay on the air, while Pushing Daisies gets the boot. stuff like this makes me wanna quit watchin this channel

  12. Fælyn says

    I cannot believe they are not going to continue with this television show! It is in all honesty my favorite. I would be delighted if they could bring it back… Good Job ABC for canceling the only thing I watch on your station :(

  13. Pedrina says

    I love this show!! I wish they would bring it to ABC family or some other ABC affiliate. I will read the comic book.

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