Among the list of “shows I should have watched but didn’t have the time for” is Pushing Daisies, a show that sadly only ran for two seasons between 2007 and 2009. I thought the concept was intriguing for sure: Ned (Lee Pace) is a baker with a really strange ability: if he touches anything dead it comes back to life; but if he touches it a second time, it dies for good.
A private investigator learns about Ned’s “talent” and recruits him to revive murder victims to discover how they died (any reward money being split between them). But then Ned discovers that his childhood sweetheart was murdered on a cruise ship. He revives her, but as he can’t stand to see the girl he loves die forever, he creates a plan to keep her alive by making it so that he never touches her again (this includes kissing with a layer of plastic wrap between them). With Ned’s girlfriend back in the picture, murder cases continue to be solved.
Unfortunately, circumstances worked against this show almost from the start. Although Pushing Daisies had been picked up for a full first season of 22 episodes, the 2007 Writer’s Strike made it so that only nine episodes were completed and aired. Instead of finishing out that season, the show’s team began work on a second season instead. But when ratings declined in that second season, ABC declined to renew the series past episode 13 (of season 2), meaning that only 22 episodes were ever made.
It really is a shame, Pushing Daisies seems like one of those quirky shows I would really like. And what makes this show really cool (from a retrospective point of view) is that the lead actor goes on to play King Thranduil in The Hobbit film trilogy (yes, he’s THAT Lee Pace).
If you watched Pushing Daisies, what did you think about it? Should it have run longer? Let me know in the comments below!
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