Cancellation Danger Zone: Pushing Daisies

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!


Online Petition - Save Pushing Daisies

Email ABC

Send Daisies to ABC

*Check out the right column on the above article for info on sending seed packets and flowers to ABC!


Photo courtesy of tvjab.com

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Nov 14, 2008 5:28PM EST

I think the reason as to why alot of shows are getting the axe is because of all of the election coverage that has been going on with in the last 2 months. Now that the elections are over I think that shows such as Pushing Daisies will start to increase their ratings.

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Nov 14, 2008 6:34PM EST

i dont understand why its getting cancelled, sows such as gossip girl only get about 3.6m viewers at the most i havnt heard about tha being cancelled (which im glad for) 6m viewers is great in my books so i dont know what all the fuss is about.

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Nov 15, 2008 8:37PM EST

I think if they cancel Pushing Daisies the network is going to regret it later. This is the most unique show since a long time, maybe since Firefly, and FOX have regreted this cancellation big time. Just look at those DVD sales, and the fight for another Serenity is not over, since 8 year !
I dont understand why shows only seem to be safe when they are on Showtime or on HBO.
Doesnt even one of the networks have the balls to believe in something, of course corporate companies have to take care of their shareholders first, I understand, but between all those budgetmeetings they must see that TV is also about developing new artistic grounds and taking some risks.
If those networks dont understand that tv as we used to watch it is over anyhow, people are more and more watching t shows as stream on the net, they will loose their future of making profits, like the music industry lost it to the internet as well.
Cowards, the least to say...
I memorandum of Firefly

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Nov 18, 2008 11:19AM EST

I think they should count the viewers outside America as well. Maybe that would convince them not to cancel the show, that is if they're really intending to.I don't want this show to be canceled. It's one of the few shows that hasn't really lost "it" as the seasons progress.

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