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Bryan Fuller on Pushing Daisies + Working on Comic Series

pushingdaisies-041609Bryan Fuller, creator of the canceled ABC series Pushing Daisies, previewed the final three episodes of the series to SCI FI Wire and added that the story may continue in a comic-book series from Marvel.  Here are some excerpts from SCI FI’s Q&A.

Fuller places most of the blame for the demise of the critically acclaimed but low-rated series on the writers strike and its poor time slot:

Fuller: The writers’ strike is the big bully to blame for the plummeting ratings. There was a writers’ strike in 1988, and television shows lost around 30 percent of their audiences. During this one, shows lost 20 percent of their audiences. It was a combination of the writers’ strike and being off the air for 10 months.

The other problem was our timeslot wasn’t good, since we didn’t have a lead-in. When we aired at 9 p.m., we went up by 3 million viewers, which was really dramatic. ABC refused to move us from the 8:00 timeslot, which had worked previously the season before, but after the writers’ strike and the erosion of the audience, it wasn’t sustainable, so we asked them to move us repeatedly. We would have even taken Friday night at 9 p.m., because people don’t watch TV earlier. All the Nielsen ratings indicate people start watching TV at 8:30. That was a big indication, but I certainly don’t think the quality of the show went down. If anything, it got stronger and clearer.

More after the jump.

Here’s a bit of what Fuller has to say about the upcoming comic book:

SCI FI Wire: For the comic book, have you nailed down a creative team?

Fuller: I am going to pull together the Pushing Daisies writing staff. It will be run like a writer’s room, where I will write the first story, and we will arc out the other issues, which will comprise what we were going to do in the back nine. We’ll also make it accessible for those who are not familiar with the TV series, as well as introducing villains we couldn’t do on ABC. There is a villain from the Comic-Con preview comic about a guy who got his head cut off. Ned touched it to get some answers; the body came alive too and proceeded to grab his head and get away. We definitely want Head to come back as a big villain.

SCI FI Wire: Is the comic book considered season 2.5, then?

Fuller: In many respects, it’s probably season three. We’re going to see a lot of exploration with Ned and his father, which we teased but were never able to make good on. We had George Hamilton save Ned and Chuck, and by having Emerson and Dwight Dixon clean up the whole mess we’re going to understand who Dwight was to Chuck and Ned’s dad. Dwight will be making a return, and we’ll be seeing the adult Eugene Mulchandani and Danny that involves helium smuggling. There’s a lot of fun stuff woven into the series that we were intending to pay off that we can now do in the comic-book series. The fans of the show will see a lot of stuff come to fruition, but new fans will have a greater appreciation, too. Since it’s Marvel, I would also love for the Pie Maker to touch Captain America.

For more, including a rundown of what to expect in the show’s final three episodes, head on over to SCI FI Wire.

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