Comic-Con: Pushing Daisies Panel Report

Comic-Con: Pushing Daisies Panel Report

Post by Full Time Lurker, Part Time Poste » Mon, 30 Jul 2007 10:04:32

Comic-Con: Pushing Daisies Panel Report

Posted Jul 28th 2007 1:11PM by Julia Ward
Filed under: Other Drama Shows, Industry, Celebrities
Pushing Daisies ComicThis morning marked the Comic-Con premiere of ABC
pilot Pushing Daisies. Created by Bryan Fuller and directed by Barry
Sonnenfeld, Pushing Daisies is the story of Ned, who has some
complicated powers. He can bring people back from the dead by touching
them, but only for one minute. He touches them again, and they go back
to being dead. If he doesn't, they get to live, but a completely
random person will die in their place. The set-up is a little
convoluted, but once you see it, it makes sense.

The story evolves into part romance, when Ned brings his childhood
sweetheart back to life but can never touch her again or else she'll
die, and part procedural as Ned hooks up with a private investigator
who has Ned use his powers to ask *** victims who killed them.
(Warner is officially referring to it as a "forensic fairy tale.")
Again, it sounds more convoluted than it is. The show draws heavily on
fairy tales, and even uses Harry Potter audiobook god Jim Dale as its
narrator. The show is also heavily stylized - deadpan delivery, hyper-
saturated colors. It is more cinematic than most television programs
and also more fanciful.

The Comic-Con premiere of the series was especially well-received and
not just because of the pie involved. (The promotional items at the
screening included a slice of pie and iPod earbuds. The pie has a
connection to the series. The earbuds - sheer ***.) Bryan Fuller,
the series' creator, gets the Comic-Con love because of his
involvement with shows like Heroes, Dead Like Me and, my personal
favorite, Wonderfalls. (Wonderfalls' also involved writer Tim Minear,
a longtime Joss Whedon compatriot. Are you seeing the Comic-Con
connections? That's how geekopolis thinks. Minutiae, people.)

Anyway, the most prized Pushing Daisies promotional item was, of
course, a comic book. The comic uses the periennially clever device of
having two stories that start from either end of the book. You read
one story, flip it upside down and read the second from the back of
the book forward. One story depicts an event that happens before the
series starts. The second depicts an event from after the series
starts. Pretty darn clever, these marketers. Ply the crowd with pie
and give them comics, and they're bound to love you. Goodies aside,

Pushing Daisies is easily my favorite pilot from the 07-08 fall
season. It's underlying romance and genuine quirkiness (...if there's
anything I hate in films and movies its forced eccentricity...) put it
ahead of Reaper and Chuck by a nose. (The only problem with Pushing
Daisies is that it always make me think of that Ween song - "push the
little daisies and make them come up." It's gonna take all day to get
that out of my head.)

The panel which followed the screening featured the entire cast and
creative team - Bryan Fuller, Lee Pace, Anna Friel, Kristin Chenoweth,
Chi McBride and Barry Sonnenfeld among them. They promise that the
show will keep up its super-stylized look. Sonnenfeld will be
directing three of the thir*** episodes ordered. The romantic
relationship is serialized, but the crime of the week will provide an
episodic element (and metaphorical one for the character
relationship). But, best of all, Lee Pace and Anna Friel - whose
characters are not able to touch in the series - shared a great, big
wet kiss. Oh, and Kristin Chenoweth opened her shirt. She'll be back
for multiple episodes, and they've figured out a way to let her sing!
Get e***d, folks. This is going to be the best new show of the 07-08
season.