Sunday, October 21, 2007

Pushing Daisies

I've just seen my first episode of the new show Pushing Daisies. My husband was insisting I watch it, and now I understand why. It's a quirky show about a young man (owner of the best named fictional shop I've seen in a while - a bakery/cafe called "The Pie Hole") who can touch the dead and bring them back to life for one minute, when he must touch them again to return them to their dead state. When he brings his childhood sweetheart back to life he wants her to remain alive -- so can not touch her again. With all the sexual tension going this is difficult for them both. This dead or alive mixup has consequences, which in turn drive the show. It's very stylized and amusing - over at Tripping toward Lucidity, Andi has described it as "Tim Burton if he were rolled in Sweet Tart dust" which is the perfect description, besides just cracking me up! I think it appeals to bookish people because of the structure; it has a narrator and the characters are named things like The Piemaker. The creator of the show stated that he wanted it to feel like "a storybook come to life", and it does, rather.
If, like me, you don't have an optimal tv watching schedule, you can click over to CTV and watch it online whenever it's most convenient. Don't know how long it will be up, but for now the full first episode is available. Lots of fun.


  1. Sigh. I wanted to catch this one, but our dvr is acting up and so little free time... it just didn't quite make it.

  2. I'm so completely addicted to Pushing Daisies. Since I can't watch it when it airs I watch on my trusty laptop when I should be grading papers or doing something else schoolish.

    Great point re: bookish people like it because of the storybook quality. I completely agree. Its sweetness, vivid colors, etc. remind me a lot of a favorite movie of mine...Amelie. :)

  3. I like it, too. It is quirky, but cute. I loved the cellophane kiss.

  4. I've wanted to watch this show ever since I first heard the premise. Now I'll really have to set the DVR...thanks!


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