ABC cancels Pushing Daisies, and I hate everyone
by Kona Gallagher, posted Nov 21st 2008 12:23AM
Look, this isn't my first time at the rodeo. I knew going into this last year, that the chances of a quirky fairy tale about death having long-term success were slim-to-none. I've seen the signs; I've known that this day was going to come. That doesn't mean that I couldn't hope that ABC would decide to keep Pushing Daisies; my favorite new show from last season. I've held out hope, and today, that hope was dashed. What's worse, is I can't even focus all of my anger on ABC; some of it is pointed directly at Daisies creator, Bryan Fuller.
I'm trying to be mature and diplomatic about this, but seriously: Bryan Fuller can suck it.
In a time of crisis like this, I don't want to hear about your new (old) job, or how you're super-happy that you "put together 22 really good episodes, and there is a lot to be proud of," and I certainly do not want a damn comic book. I know that after Wonderfalls, 22 episodes seems like a lot, but I do not want your "hey, we had a nice run" brand of practicality. I want you to get pissed.
I want you to call ABC President Steve McPherson a dick and start sending pies to NBC headquarters to try and get them to take you like ABC took Scrubs. I want you to fight for your show, not talk to DC Comics about continuing the story-- unless it's a companion piece to the TV show that will soon be airing on another network.
I want promises; even if they're false. Yes, talking about a Pushing Daisies movie is a good start, but it's a little premature. I only want to hear about a movie after you've exhausted all other avenues. After you've gone to the CW and told them that you can adjust the show so that it takes place four years in the future at an elite East-Coast boarding school.
A movie is great and all, but it's only two hours. I want another 22. Why settle for the silver when you can at least go for the gold? Don't give up so easily. People are still bitter about the cancellations of Arrested Development and Veronica Mars because we spent months hearing stories about those shows living on on another network, even though we knew deep down that it probably wasn't going to happen. Now, we get ridiculously excited when there's even a whiff of a rumor about those shows coming back as a movie. We want to be strung along; it keeps the show alive. Saying that you gave it your best shot does not.
Listen: all I'm asking you to do is act like the Piemaker for a minute. Just try to bring Pushing Daisies back to life, and if something has to die in its place, well... there's a little show called According to Jim that maybe you should go stand next to.