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DVD Review: Pushing Daisies: The Complete Second Season

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This forensic fairytale follows Ned, a young man with a very special gift. As a boy, Ned discovered that he could return the dead briefly back to life with just one touch. Now a pie maker, Ned puts his ability to good use, not only touching dead fruit and making it ripe with everlasting flavor, but working with a private investigator to crack murder cases by raising the dead and getting them to name their killers. But the tale gets complicated when Ned brings his childhood sweetheart, Chuck, back from the dead — and keeps her alive. Chuck becomes the third partner in Ned and Emerson’s private-investigation enterprise, encouraging them to use Ned’s skills for good, not just for profit. Life would be perfect for Ned and Chuck, except for one cruel twist: If he ever touches her again, she’ll go back to being dead, this time for good.

Read my review of the four-disc DVD set after the jump. Continue reading DVD Review: Pushing Daisies: The Complete Second Season

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. Continue reading Bryan Fuller on Pushing Daisies + Working on Comic Series

ABC Announces Summer Schedule

ABC has officially announced their summer schedule, which in addition to featuring the returns of Pushing Daisies, Eli Stone and Dirty Sexy Money (all of which will see their remaining episodes burned off on Saturdays), also includes the premiere of three new series: The Goode Family, The Superstars and Dating the Dark.

The summer will also see the return of The Bachelorette, Wipeout, Here Come the Newlyweds and I Survived a Japanese Game Show.  Check out the full press release after the jump. Continue reading ABC Announces Summer Schedule

Final Three Episodes of Pushing Daisies Will Air in May

Fans won’t have to wait until the DVD to watch the final three unaired episodes of the canceled ABC series Pushing Daisies. According to reports, ABC will burn off the final three episodes of the critically praised, but poorly viewed, sci-fi drama/comedy will run on Saturdays at 10:00pm beginning May 30, 2009.

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Pushing Daisies Season Two Hitting DVD and Blu-ray on July 21st

pushingdaisiess2covers-040209I don’t often write about DVD releases, but I’ll make an exception in the case of the departed-too-soon ABC series Pushing Daisies.  ABC has announced that the second season of the series will hit DVD and Blu-ray Hi-Def on July 21st.  Head on through the jump to check out the press release. Continue reading Pushing Daisies Season Two Hitting DVD and Blu-ray on July 21st