Two series are coming back to ABC — one beloved and one essentially ignored. Regardless of how viewers feel about them, neither one are going back into production. The network is just burning off already shot episodes of Pushing Daisies and Opportunity Knocks.
Pushing Daisies follows a lovable piemaker (Lee Pace) who can revive the deceased, his childhood sweetheart (Anna Friel), and his private eye partner (Chi McBride). Others in the cast include Ellen Greene, Swoosie Kurtz, Kristin Chenoweth, Field Cate, Sean Lake, Sy Richardson, Stephen Root, and Sammi Hanratty, with narration by Jim Dale. The series ran for two abbreviated seasons. Based on low ratings, ABC opted not to order any additional episodes past the 22nd. Only 19 of them have aired.
Opportunity Knocks is a reality game show that brings the competition to a family’s front door. The series is hosted by J.D. Roth and produced by Ashton Kutcher, Jason Goldberg, Karey Burke, Todd A. Nelson, and Roth. The series wasn’t a hit with viewers and ABC cancelled it after just three installments had aired.
The network is returning both series for brief runs this Summer. Opportunity Knocks will return to primetime on Tuesday, May 26th at 8pm. It’s believed that there are half a dozen episodes left to air.
Though Pushing Daisies has a much more devoted following, the network has buried the three remaining installments. They’ll begin airing Saturday nights at 10pm, starting May 30th. If fans miss the episodes, they’ll be able to catch them on the second season set that’ll be released on July 21st.
Though ABC hasn’t indicated as much, it’s expected that the unaired episodes of also-cancelled Dirty Sexy Money and Eli Stone will air on Saturday nights once Pushing Daisies vacates the timeslot. Their second season release dates have yet to be announced.
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