When I’m not pretending to be an expert baker, my other hobby is definitely television. Although, honestly, the writers’ strike did indeed put a bit of a kibosh on my enjoyment of the medium. Where as before I would make sure to watch every new show that fall threw at us, now I’m picking and choosing what gets my time. Of course, I tend to pick the dark horses, ignoring Life to watch Journeyman. Or picking Threshold over the other alien invasion shows of the season. Good thing I spent 14 hours watching those shows!
But one show that did live up to the hype and survived the writers’ strike was Pushing Daisies, a “fanciful” comedy on ABC that reminds me of a fairy tale set in the Edward Scissorhands/Big Fish imaginationland of Tim Burton. It follows the story of a piemaker who learns he can bring the dead back to life with a single touch and with another touch bring back the icy grip of death. He learns the hard way one day that if he doesn’t touch the person again, they may live, but someone else will have to die.
Yeah, it sounds nice and morbid. So of course I liked it. But it’s so much more than the morbid setup that makes the show work. It’s the actors working so well together. It’s Chi McBride being Chi McBride. And it’s just such a….good show.
To promote the new season, ABC has created a mobile version of The Pie Hole of the series and will be bringing it around the country. They’ll be dishing out free stuff, free pie, and free fun. It’s a win, win, win situation. I doubt the cast will actually be driving cross country with the The Pie Hole, but it’ll still be fun to possibly get a Pushing Daisies pie plate or something similar.