ABC cancelled the Pushing Daisies TV series after two seasons totaling 22 episodes. Even Ned’s (Lee Pace) magic touch couldn’t bring it back to life (or perhaps — he touched it twice). Co-star Anna Friel, who played Ned’s untouchable love interest, Charlotte ‘Chuck’ Charles, would jump at the chance to revive this cancelled-too-soon show, at least as a movie. For the love of apple pie, someone get Netflix on the phone!
Per Friel, the Pushing Daisies cast, which also included Chi McBride, Ellen Greene, Swoosie Kurtz, Kristin Chenoweth, and Jim Dale (as narrator), loved doing the series.
Here’s more from Digital Spy:
“We should all get together and do a Pushing Daisies movie or something,” [Friel] said to Digital Spy.
“Every single member of the cast [loved it], and the fans are very passionate about it.”
Anna added that the series stayed away from becoming a procedural drama, despite its crime element.
“It was more of a love story, and the beauty of that world was more fascinating than the crime. The crime was just added on – you’ve always got to be careful tonally of turning into a procedural.
“That scares me off, I think, ‘Oh my god, they’re gonna pretend it’s not a procedural and then add lots of fluff around to kid you and then you sign for six years’. But it was never the case with Pushing Daisies.”
For those readers unfamiliar with Pushing Daisies, the facts are these…
As a child, Ned realizes he can revive the dead with a touch. However, if he touches that person a second time, they will die and cannot be revived, again. Whenever Ned resurrects someone for more than a minute, someone nearby will die. He learns this, sadly, when he revives his mom, which kills girl-next-door Chuck’s father.
Ned’s ability leads him to isolate, despite the amorous aims of waitress Olive Snook (Kristin Chenoweth), who works at his pie shop, the Pie Hole.
P.I. Emerson Cod (Chi McBride) finds out about Ned. Emerson convinces him to use his power, to solve murder cases (and collect the rewards). Ned momentarily revives victims and asks who killed them, before touching them a second time — in less than a minute — to avoid killing off a nearby innocent.
When Chuck is murdered on a cruise ship, Ned revives her to solve her murder, but can’t bear the thought of putting her down, again. Hiding Chuck’s resurrection from her devastated aunts, Lily and Vivian Charles (Swoosie Kurtz and Ellen Greene), manages to be both funny and heartbreaking.
What do you think? Are you a fan of the Pushing Daisies TV show? Would you like to see it revived? Tell us!