More evidence that Pushing Daisies is dying
by Joel Keller, posted Nov 13th 2008 5:04PM
I would have used a headline like "Pushing Daisies is living up to its name," but Joe Adalian of TV Week sort of beat me to it...
According to Adalian, it looks like everyone's favorite cutsey-poo / maudlin-as-hell detective show, Pushing Daisies, will be stopping production after it wraps its thirteenth episode this week. But that doesn't mean it's dead. ABC may extend the options on the major players in order to re-launch the show next fall, but that's a costly longshot on their part.
So, combine this scuttlebutt with Bryan Fuller's statement that he'll go back to Heroes if PD is cancelled, his statement to a Paley Center audience that he'd continue the storylines in a comic book if the show is gone, and the fact that a double-dose of Scrubs is likely to take the show's timeslot in late January, and things aren't looking good for the crew at the Pie Hole.
It's too bad. I haven't been paying the same rapt attention to this season than I did to its first abbreviated season, and maybe that's the problem; the writers' strike killed the momentum this show and most of the returning freshmen shows had.
But the networks were in a tough spot after the strike; bring shows like PD, Dirty Sexy Money, Chuck, etc. back and risk that they die like Jericho did after its first season was split in half, or bring it back with a clean slate in the fall and hope the audience is there? It looks like neither choice was the right one, for the most part, since none of the interrupted freshman shows are getting good ratings this fall.