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Five Questions for Pushing Daisies

The onset of Summer also means the return of my Five Questions series, in which I take a look back at the most recent seasons of some favorite TV shows and pose some hypothetical questions about their future. Today's questions are for Pushing Daisies, which will start its second season in the Fall.

  1. Hey, remember this show? Pushing Daisies was one of the most precious and beloved shows of the Fall. Unfortunately, Fall was also the last time we saw it. Will the series be able to get its buzz back?
  2. Where will the show pick up? We ended on a pretty big cliffhanger, with Lily revealing (in a drug-addled stupor) that she's Chuck's mother. Will we start back up right there and then, in the aunts' house, with all the shock of Lily's declaration still fresh in everyone's mind? Or will some time pass — with or without explanation? The show will have to hook viewers fast (see question No. 1), and so I'm quite curious to see where the first episode back will take us.
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  4. Will there be any new characters — or will any of the guest stars return? Paul Reubens was an absolute delight as Oscar, the slightly off-center olfactory expert, but will his schedule still allow him to be on the show now that it's so many months later? I'm guessing that, since Molly Shannon is heading to NBC's Kath and Kim full-time, taffy emporium owner Dilly Balsam won't be showing her face anymore. I love all the regular cast members, of course, but Pushing Daisies is the kind of show that really knows how to work a guest star, too. I hope we'll see some great, new quirky folks come Fall.
  5. Will the show retain its visual style? There were rumors that Pushing Daisies had been asked to cut back its production budget for the Fall episodes after Barry Sonnenfeld's expensive pilot. The show did appear to be scaled back visually after that, but for the most part, I thought the changes only added to the show's surreal appeal. But with all those windmills and pies and brightly colored costumes, the show can't be cheap to produce. Will lingering effects of the strike force the show to cut back even further?
  6. Is the show sustainable? That was the one question dogging Pushing Daisies in its first season: How long would viewers stick around just waiting for Ned and Chuck to touch? Through nine episodes, the premise proved sustainable — but that's less than half the length of a typical US network TV season. Barring any more strikes (fingers crossed!) or disruptions, Pushing Daisies should have a full 22 episodes to prove that it has a lot more going on besides the "will they or won't they?" story. How will the show do under those conditions?
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carlabunnie carlabunnie 9 years
I loved it too. What a great show! Can't wait until it returns.
shmoo15 shmoo15 9 years
I love this show and think it will hook viewers with it's well written dialogs and story lines, it's visually interesting costumes, set and special effects, and amazing cast. I really don't think the whole "when will Ned and Chuck touch" thing is important at all. I'm much more interested in the crime solving and fabulously quirky plots.
Allyace Allyace 9 years
This is one of the best, most original shows to pop up in a really long time. Love it. Each week was like a mini Tim Burton movie visually but with a romantic comedy spin. I like all of the characters a lot but esp Emerson ("That idea might make a stupid idea feel better about itself") :). Can't wait for it to return! In answer to some of your questions though...I do fear that it won't be sustainable, they will have to mix things up to keep it interesting. But that is true for any show. I hope we get at least one full season.
Cris1192 Cris1192 9 years
This is like MY FAVORITE SHOW! Maybe it's 'cause I'm such a creep and I love the whole bringing back the dead thing, but it's definantly more than the will they or won't they, for me at least. I love that this sohw is about death but it's not all dark and creepy it's bright and cheerfull, they don't make death seem so tragic like 6 feet under.
californiagirlx7 californiagirlx7 9 years
I can't wait for Pushing Daisies to return!
ahappierdiane ahappierdiane 9 years
I miss this show! It's one of the only shows I used to look forward to watching. I'll be so upset if it won't come back on.
Livvy-P Livvy-P 9 years
I absolutely loved this show! It was so unique, which is really rare now in television & movies. The Ned/Chuck story is great, but I just adored Olive - she is too cute. It still has a place on my tivo season pass list - I can't wait for fall!
Linda-McP Linda-McP 9 years
Great questions, Buzz. I'm especially curious about where and how the show will pick up. It's such a great show, but the writer's strike could have a powerful impact on how well it will be received in the new season.
fate125 fate125 9 years
This is one of the cutest shows ever.
divinedebris divinedebris 9 years
Oh, don't make me think about those kind of things..I loved this show and I would love to see it going on for a while, but you do raise some good questions. I hope it will come back and raise a lot of buzz and I think it has potential for some good story lines in the future.
Happsmjc Happsmjc 9 years
I agree! This and Dirty Sexy Money were two of my favorite shows in the fall--I can't wait!
Francoisehardly Francoisehardly 9 years
I love the show. :) I can't wait for it to come back already.
bransugar79 bransugar79 9 years
I love this show and I think there's so much more than the Ned Chuck will they or won't they thing going on. In fact I have to say sometimes Chuck just bugs me. I love Olive and Emerson Cod the best. I can't wait til the Pie Hole is back in business this fall and I will definitely be moving aside whatever summer program is in it's spot
Chica8a Chica8a 9 years
Luv the show as well... what date are they coming back on the air?
erinflower erinflower 9 years
This show is so wonderful I can't wait for it to come back.
briggs313 briggs313 9 years
OMG I love love love this show! I can't wait for it to come back on ... its an houe of pure happiness for me! I don't even know what to expect ... i'm sure the season will start with less chuck and ned love story and be more about solving mysteries and exploring the other characters ... but i can't wait for them to find a loophole to be together!
Shopaholichunny Shopaholichunny 9 years
LOVE this show! :D
Courtney82 Courtney82 9 years
I loved this show and still have the DVR set to record it in fall. I sure hope that is it visually appealing as last year, it was the BEST tv show to watch in HD.
Gabriela14815884 Gabriela14815884 9 years
I love this show and can't wait for it to come back on!
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