Pushing Daisies is one of the most unique, quirky, creative, beautiful, and charming shows on TV, but it is also sadly on the very top of our Cancellation Danger Zone list this season.
Current Status for Pushing Daisies
This season did not start out well in the ratings world with the premiere pulling in 6.3 million viewers, which was described by thrfeed.com as dropping "a roller coaster-style 55% to a series-low fourth place at 8 p.m. That's the steepest plummet of any returning show this fall." The ratings have not improved with its latest episode airing against the Obama special, when "it scored a 4.2/7, pretty much the identical rating it had [the week before] up (4.2/6)" (tvbythenumbers.com).
Production on the ordered 13 episodes of this season is due to be completed today, November 12th. There has not been a full season pick-up, meaning until they hear more, there won't be any further Daisies production (TV.com).
But There's Hope!
While defamer.com called an early death for Daisies on November 7th, claiming that "an informant on the set of ABC's long-struggling show hints that Daisies has baked its last pie," there's a much more positive report from savedaisies.com on November 10th, stating that while Daisies is wrapping up production for Season 2, it is planned to start up production again in May - as in beginning production for Season 3!
So while it's looking somewhat hopeful that Pushing Daisies will return, it's far from confirmed, so let's take a look at why you non-fans should be watching, and also what you fans can do to help save it.
Why You Should Watch
Pushing Daisies is whimsical, and like stepping into a beautiful fairytale every week, including a narrator perfectly setting the scene. It's packed with bright colors and strangely twisted fairytale-like storylines.
The romantic storyline is beyond adorable, and different than any other show because Chuck, the girl here, is Ned's childhood sweetheart who he brought back to life, and against his usual rules, kept alive. The little trick to Ned's "power" is that if he doesn't touch the dead person who's back to life within 60 seconds, something else dies, but also if he does keep something alive, he can't touch it again, or it instantly dies. If that doesn't make for an interesting romance, I don't know what does!
The main characters are eccentric, lonely people who all have their own oddities and issues to work through, and though they're miserable, their general disposition is perfect as their oddness brings a general cheer and togetherness to the group, plus the dialogue is packed with adorable quips and understated hilariousness. If you haven't fallen in love with these characters after watching one episode, I guess sadly this show isn't for you, though I'd claim it is entirely capivating within even just one episode sampling.
Save Pushing Daisies!
Like many a beloved show on the bubble in the past, fans are coming together to make it known they want their show to stick around, so join in the fan activities and help us save our Daisies!
*Check out the right column on the above article for info on sending seed packets and flowers to ABC!
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