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TV Meme... 
3rd-Jun-2010 07:54 pm
Pushing Daisies (Ned)

Day 01 - A show that should have never been cancelled
Day 02 - A show that you wish more people were watching
Day 03 - Your favorite new show (aired this t.v. season)
Day 04 - Your favorite show ever
Day 05 - A show you hate
Day 06 - Favorite episode of your favorite t.v show
Day 07 - Least favorite episode of your favorite t.v show
Day 08 - A show everyone should watch
Day 09 - Best scene ever
Day 10 - A show you thought you wouldn’t like but ended up loving
Day 11 - A show that disappointed you
Day 12 - An episode you’ve watched more than 5 times
Day 13 - Favorite childhood show
Day 14 - Favorite male character
Day 15 - Favorite female character
Day 16 - Your guilty pleasure show
Day 17 - Favorite mini series
Day 18 - Favorite title sequence
Day 18 - Favorite title sequence
Day 19 - Best t.v show cast
Day 20 - Favorite kiss
Day 21 - Favorite ship
Day 22 - Favorite series finale
Day 23 - Most annoying character
Day 24 - Best quote
Day 25 - A show you plan on watching (old or new)
Day 26 - OMG WTF? Season finale
Day 27 - Best pilot episode
Day 28 - First t.v show obsession
Day 29 - Current t.v show obsession
Day 30 - Saddest character death


Day 01 (a show that should have never been cancelled): Pushing Daisies
I could actually probably put most of Bryan Fuller's creative output here, since he hasn't had the best of luck despite his genius. I loved absolutely everything about Pushing Daisies. It was admittedly gimmicky, but rarely to the point of me wanting to roll my eyes. Lee Pace was the best romantic lead, and there was an ensemble cast of Anna Friel, Kristin Chenoweth, Ellen Greene, Swoosie Kurtz and Chi McBride.

The concept was just a touch different and appealed to my somewhat twisted sense of humour, especially the way it was explored; which somehow managed to rarely feel gratuitous. The use of narration was fabulous because it was never overdone and never underutilised. The sets and costumes were an explosion of colour and style. The acting was everything you'd expect from an amazing cast. The characters were honest with each other, a lot of the time, and this is another aspect that was so new and refreshing. The show generally avoided the main device most writers use for injecting tension and angst into relationships --- characters spoke to one another, it was sort of amazing.

Pushing Daisies was everything I'd ever want a Good Show to be: happy-making, heart-breaking, wickedly funny, and most of all, it had a hope and optimism and sense of love that is now missing from my telebox. I would have been beside myself with joy for another series of the show. I didn't want it to go on indefinitely, because it was certainly a finite sort of story (that could possibly come to life again, but at a price), but I did want more. And now I feel sad because that won't happen.
Comments 
3rd-Jun-2010 10:55 am (UTC)
I'm still mad about Pushing Daisies' cancellation. Like - it hurts a little when I think about it. Because they believed in it enough to bring it back after the Writer's Strike killed the second half of the first season - but they did no promotion and made no effort to push the second season, so nobody watched and they got what I presumed they wanted: to make a cheaper TV show.

It's infuriating. (I actually still haven't watched the very last episode because then it'll officially be over.)

(ABC have killed dead that, The Unusuals and Better Off Ted in the last few years - which were all interesting or different and brilliant TV shows.)
4th-Jun-2010 07:20 am (UTC)
I'm mad too. That kind of thing drives me nuts.
3rd-Jun-2010 04:12 pm (UTC)
I'm kidnapping this meme and intend to torture it over on my LiveJournal. Actually, it's not as easy as it looks, is it?

Edited at 2010-06-03 04:12 pm (UTC)
4th-Jun-2010 07:20 am (UTC)
Hee :D It's not easy, no, but I'll be interested in your answers!
3rd-Jun-2010 05:27 pm (UTC)
I think Bryan Fuller should have his own little niche cable network or something. His shows(the ones he's created, I mean, not all the ones he's involved with) always get cancelled far too soon!

I still miss Pushing Daisies. As you said, I wouldn't have wanted it to go on indefinitely but it deserved at least one more season.
4th-Jun-2010 07:21 am (UTC)
I agree. He deserves his own whimsically dark network.

It totally deserved another season. *sigh*
4th-Jun-2010 05:44 am (UTC)
Aww, Pushing Daisies! I miss the quirky little mysteries and the sweetness! I miss Lee Pace on my TV every week, and Cheno occasionally breaking into song (especially when Ellen Greene sang with her. Girl's still got it)! And I miss the pie!
4th-Jun-2010 07:21 am (UTC)
All of that, yes. A thousand times yes.
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