Pushing Daisies Panel - Comic-Con Report
Joss Whedon fans, take note ... you may have competition from the fans of ABC's Pushing Daises. That's the way it seemed at their Comic-Con panel on Saturday afternoon. They were so loud and applauded so frequently that it made an audience of Whedon fans seem like a group of cloistered monks taking a vow of silence.
But, that really isn't surprising since the show (whose first season comes out on standard DVD and Blu-Ray on September 16th) has such a wealth of talent both on and off screen. The audience at the Pushing Daises panel had an opportunity to see all that talent in one place as the entire cast joined creator Bryan Fuller and executive producer Barry Sonnenfeld in answering questions about season two. The tantalizing morsels appear after the jump.
Gallery: Pushing Daisies - Comic-Con 2008
The characters will be visiting a whole new set of worlds in season two, including a nunnery, a bee factory, and a traveling circus. When Bryan mentioned this to the question of spoilers, Sonnenfeld joked that the information was sort of vague. Bryan then elaborated, stating that a few new characters would be joining the cast. One is David Arquette, who will play Ned's best friend. The other: a pig named Pigby.
Fuller said that they would definitely be focusing more on the entire ensemble this season as the theme of family would permeate throughout. For example, viewers will get to meet Emerson's mother. We will also get to see flashbacks of the younger Olive, Emerson, Ned and Chuck. The aunts (played by Ellen Greene and Swoozie Kurtz) will be getting out of the house more often and participating in a number of the murder mysteries. There will also be an arc about Emerson's daughter as the crusty detective will create a pop-up book designed as a map for his daughter to find him.
During the hour the cast members had a chance to reflect on their characters. Lee Pace said he enjoys playing Ned when the character has a lot of problems. He eluded to one of those upcoming problems, stating Chuck moves out this season and moves in with Olive. Chi McBride (Emerson) said the reception he has gotten from others about this character is, "Hey, I didn't know you were funny!" Later, McBride said the uniqueness of his character is, while he's funny, he doesn't comment on the funny stuff going on around him. This, in turn, makes the character smarter for the viewers. Anna Friel, the British actress who plays the American-accented Chuck, says she kind of wishes she had more of the laughs. Yet, she loves to be the beautiful girl and the ground of the show. Kristen Chenoweth (Olive) said of Anna, "She's the heart of the show."
Both Bryan and Barry praised the cast as well as the writing staff. Barry said the writing staff was amazing last season and new talent has been added to it for season two. This includes a former writer from Buffy the Vampire Slayer. When Barry asked the cast how it was working for him Lee deadpanned, "You're adorable. And abusive."
Some other pieces of information from the Daisies panel:
Kristen will sing in the first episode, paving the way for more musical numbers this season. For Kristen, who seems to be the fan favorite and sang "Somewhere Over The Rainbow" at the request of an audience member, a musical episode would be great.
According to Fuller, the idea for Daisies came from his work on Dead Like Me. For Daisies he wanted to do something sweet and refreshing, but not too cynical after Dead and Wonderfalls.
When asked about DVD extras McBride exclaimed, "Free gas for a year!". More seriously, Fuller said that each disc in the set will have a behind-the-scenes documentary on the show as well as comments for various episodes.
The staff at Daisies is working on all types of contraptions to get Ned and Chuck to be together without touching. They are even creating a plastic partition in order for the two to spoon in bed.
When asked about having a crossover with characters from Fuller's previous shows, Bryan said it would be great. However, right now, he wants to keep Ned special in his world.