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The Coming of the End of Pushing Daisies

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Pushing Daisies' all too brief existence is drawing to a close, and as I watch these last few episodes I find myself distressed. That was to be expected; I've enjoyed the show, but the reason that I'm distressed is less because of all the good stuff that has happened on the show, but because I see so many more possible storylines. I see new directions that the show has suggested could be explored and other ones that have only been hinted at. We're not going to get those stories.

To explain it another way, I was upset when Seinfeld went off the air. I was upset because, for years on end, I had watched the show on Thursday nights. The characters and their stories were things I had grown up with. To this day they very much shape my perception of certain aspects of life. I can't wait for a table at a Chinese restaurant without thinking about the show; any time I hear about a silly move the Yankees have made I wonder if George Costanza was behind it. I can't sit in a diner and not think about the show, contemplate the elderly in Florida, or park at a mall.

Pushing Daisies hasn't affected me like that. It hasn't caused me to look at pie in a way that I never have before, it hasn't caused me to see a grave and wonder if I could touch the person in it and bring them back to life. Perhaps that's why the show isn't the success that Seinfeld was. But, let's face it, the shows are very different and to compare them in such a way is unfair. It's also not where I was going.

The more general point – and the one I was trying to make – is that some shows distress me when they go away because it feels like I've lost a set of friends. Other shows distress me when they go off the air because there is so much potential that goes unrealized.

Frankly, the person I'll miss most of all is Kristin Chenoweth. Not only is the character of Olive developing far more this season than any of the others on the show, but Chenoweth herself is fantastic. She's gotten chances (small ones) to sing in the past two episodes and a few others this season. Chenoweth, I'm sure, will appear in more films and other television shows (this wasn't her first TV role, it won't be her last), but I'm just not sure I want to wait for that next opportunity to come around and I don't live in New York anymore so I can't just head to the TKTS booth and buy tickets to her latest Broadway show.

Olive Snook has just officially gotten in on the detective game in the past few episodes and it's been one of the best things to happen to the show this season. She's always been a curious character; she's always been trying to find out other people's secrets and is very interested in what's going on around her, but in the last two episodes she's actually been recruited (or forced her way in) to help solve the cases. I think the reason that I like the change is that it has made her more central to the show, but that will soon all come to an end.

It makes me sad, I wonder where Olive Snook would have ended up three years from now. Perhaps she would have been denied soup for her incorrect ordering technique. I would have loved to have seen that.

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About Josh Lasser

Josh has deftly segued from a life of being pre-med to film school to television production to writing about the media in general. And by 'deftly' he means with agonizing second thoughts and the formation of an ulcer.
  • http://blogcritics.org/ Phillip Winn

    This is just tragic. Please, please, please tell me it will end with an actual ending, not just abruptly with no more episodes?

    Nah, I know the answer. Sad.

  • http://tvandfilmguy.blogspot.com Josh Lasser

    Actually, the rumor goes that knowing that the end was coming they filmed not a cliffhanger ending, but one that didn’t real close the story. Then, after filming was finished, they opted to change things around in post production and the show will now have more an end feel to it.

  • http://www.maskedmoviesnobs.com El Bicho

    “The idea would be to finish out the season’s story arcs in comic books,” Fuller said at the Paley Center for Media on Nov. 11.

  • http://blogcritics.org/ Phillip Winn

    I’m okay with comic books, so long as they do it more like Buffy Season 8 than Archie & Jughead. :-)

  • http://tvandfilmguy.blogspot.com Josh Lasser

    Here you go, from EW on Dec. 9. They quote Fuller as saying “We’re doing a lot of work in post to shape it so that it is satisfying for the audience.”

  • pacemaker

    “Satisfying for the audience” to me would mean not canceling the show!!!!!!! Like you, Olive is one of my absolute favs! Kristin Chenoweth is amazing at everything she does. Has anyone ever heard of the show “Jericho?” It was cancelled, but protests and petitions from angry viewers brought it back (only to be cancelled again, but “pushing Daisies” is sooo much better and any network smart enough to pick it up would realize the show is a treasure). Anyway, I guess I’m saying that we, as outraged fans, should seem a little more, well, outraged. Maybe we’re not loud enough?

  • Maryon

    Help us save this awesome show
    SAVE PUSHING DAISIES!!!!!
    Sign this petition and write letters to ABC to renew the show
    Sign this petition and tell all your friends to sign it too

    It’s the best we can do to save this amazing show, we need a lot of signs