Don’t watch Pushing Daisies. Do yourself and your heart a favor and don’t watch it. Never ever. Pushing Daisies will ruin you for all other TV shows, and here’s why.
The basic premise of Pushing Daisies is this: a young boy named Ned discovers that he has an extraordinary gift. His touch brings the dead back to life. Of course, there is a catch: if he ever touches the revived thing again, it dies permanently. Also, if he revives it for longer than a minute, something in the vicinity dies in its stead.
Nevertheless, Ned uses his power to get himself some fresh fruit on the cheap so he can bake delicious pies, and also to solve crimes together with his grumpy pal Emerson Cod, a private detective. Ned revives murder victims for just under a minute, then asks them who the killer was. It’s a piece of cake, really.
Of course, this premise is exceptionally inventive. It is both bleak and hilarious. The real fun doesn’t start until Ned brings his childhood sweetheart Chuck back to life with his touch.
This means Ned and Chuck can never, ever touch, even though they are desperately in love with each other. You think you know about unresolved sexual tension. You think: I have seen Josh and Donna on The West Wing. You think: I have watched all of The X-Files and put up with Mulder and Scully and their obliviousness. But you have never witnessed pining and longing like it’s portrayed in Pushing Daisies.
On top of that, Chuck is a wonderfully geeky character. She reads and reads and reads some more.
Olive, one of the other main characters and waitress at Ned’s cafe The Pie Hole, is just as quirky and hilarious. Her character is portrayed by Kristin Chenoweth, the famous Broadway star best known for her part in Wicked. On two separate, wonderful occasions, Chenoweth performs a musical number within the show. Somehow, in the colorful, strangely optimistic Pushing Daisies universe, her songs fit in. In case you didn’t think there was enough angst on this show, Olive is also in love with Ned. Ned, of course, is in love with Chuck, but can never touch her.
Also, Lee Pace, who plays Ned The Piemaker, will ruin you for all other men with his adorable cuteness and hotness and his floppy hair and the way he looks in sweaters and stuff. Also, because his character is so incredibly gentlemanly and kind and always blushing and baking delicious pies.
The costume department is a treasure, as you can tell from the hat below. This is also a show with great oneliners and dialogue and wit and vibrant colors that make you disappointed in the real world.
Oh, and did I mention there’s a dog? Because there is a dog. And a pig, too. Unfortunately, Ned once had to bring his dog back to life, so now he can never ever pet it. I’ll just go sit in a corner and cry.
So, now that we have established that Pushing Daisies is the greatest, most amazing show ever, here’s the catch: it was never finished. Season two, the last season of Pushing Daisies, ended on a huge cliffhanger I won’t spoil for you. But then, because the universe hates me and wants me to be miserable, it was never picked up for a third season; this had something to do with the writers’ strike that took place that year.
Since season two aired in 2009, there have been a lot of rumors. Creator Bryan Fuller (yeah, the one from Hannibal) has said in interviews that the Pushing Daisies plot would be wrapped up in a comic book or a graphic novel. This never happened. Then, there was talk of a Kickstarter campaign to fund a movie adaptation, but because of the large budget required this was deemed impossible. Then, there was some talk of a Pushing Daisies miniseries on Starz. This also never came to be. The last we heard, Fuller was talking Kristin Chenoweth about a musical adaptation. That was in 2012.
For the sake of my sanity, I refuse to give up hope. The storylines of Pushing Daisies must be continued in some way. I cannot cope with the alternative. Now that Netflix is doing a Gilmore Girls revival, I am starting to think that anything is possible.