I really enjoyed Pushing Daisies when it aired for its quirky charm, talented cast, and dark comedy. Now comes word that Chiller will be airing the full run of the show, two seasons, starting Tuesday, March 5. If you haven’t seen it before, you should try it; if you have, enjoy it once more.
They’re airing two episodes that evening, paired with Dead Like Me, another Bryan Fuller show with death as an undercurrent. Others follow every Tuesday.
Pushing Daisies is the story of a pieman, played by Lee Pace, who has the magical (and forever unexplained) ability to bring people and animals back from the dead with a touch. Yet if he touches the resurrected a second time, they die permanently. This becomes particularly poignant when he reunites with his childhood sweetheart, Chuck (Anna Friel) — whom he saves after her murder. The two are in love, but they can never touch again.
Where the show gets its spark is in the supporting cast. The always-watchable Chi McBride is Pace’s sardonic investigative partner, using his ability to talk to murder victims to solve their cases. Kristin Chenoweth is the waitress at the pie shop, forever yearning after a guy in love with a girl he can never have. Chuck’s guardian aunts are the veterans Ellen Greene and Swoosie Kurtz. Also important is the unique look of the show, all bright colors and heightened super-reality, punctuated by a plummy voiceover by Jim Dale. Lots of fun, I recommend you give it a try — if you get the channel.