Back From the Dead? Bryan Fuller Wants to Fill the Pie-Shaped Hole in Our Hearts

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Back From the Dead? Bryan Fuller Wants to Fill the Pie-Shaped Hole in Our Hearts

By Vivian Kane | Trade News | February 20, 2014 | Comments ()


Let us take a moment to remember, if we will, the Great Writers Strike Tragedy of 2008. That was a dark time for us all, bringing us such unspeakable miseries as The Weird Landry Murder Plot and the drawn out torturous death of Scrubs. One of the greatest casualties, though, was Pushing Daisies.

Pushing Daisies, if you missed it, was about a dreamboat pie-maker (Lee Pace) who has the ability to resurrect the dead (but with some strings attached). It also starred lady-dreamboats Anna Friel and Kristin Chenoweth, and featured lots of singing and pie. Basically, it was perfect.


The show started strong, but was interrupted by the strike after only nine episodes. By the time it was back, most people had forgotten about it.

But not Bryan Fuller! In an interview with E!, he confessed he’s been thinking about a Pushing Daisies movie from the moment the show was cancelled. He’s been a wee bit busy with his current show Hannibal (heard of it?), but plans to have a sit-down with Rob Thomas for advice on how to run a wildly successful Kickstarter campaign, which he sees as the only way this is going to happen.


While I, personally, don’t think we need another “celebrity” crowdsourcing campaign, I DO think we all NEED a Pushing Daisies movie, so I’m torn.

Fuller said he did consider a run on Netflix (the go-to venue for resurrecting your favorite shows), but is leaning towards a movie (or possibly a Broadway musical!) “because you have higher impact and it also has an iconography.”

Via E!News

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  • Emily Roach

    WONDERFALLS! This is neat news, but... any Dead Like Me fans out there? The movie had a similar spirit but shows what can happen when two cast members don't sign on. <3 me some George Lass and Rube. I ship it.

  • Green_Eggs_and_Hamster

    Look, fine, Pushing Daisies, it was good and all. But Mr. Fuller, if you are going to resurrect something then please, please, please let it be Wonderfalls. Bring back Wonderfalls on Netflix. Or a movie, or whatever. That is the most unjustly canceled show in the history of this universe. You already have Jaye working with you on that other little show you have going. Please. Make it happen and I promise to be a good person from here on out. I will donate to the Kickstarter, and give money to charity, and volunteer at a soup kitchen or something and stop kicking puppies. Honest.

    Then, after Wonderfalls you can go back and Push Daisies again.

  • As much as I loved Pushing Daisies it was episodic in nature so it still functions fine without a true ending. The biggest casualty of the strike for me was the FX drama The Riches. Yep, still bitter about them ending the series on a multitude of cliffhangers with no resolution at all. It was like the writers intentionally just threw as many plots in the air as possible and dared FX to cancel the show with nothing resolved. I would say that plan backfired spectacularly on them and us.

  • Target_Blonde

    God I miss this show. I remember at the Emmy's that year when both Kristen Chenowith and Lee Pace were nominated, during their categories Kristen through her arm across the seat to hold hands with Lee and they shared the most bittersweet smile ever because the show had already been canceled at that point.

    I'm super torn between resurrecting it on Netflix and standing in line in Times Square now waiting for the musical to open. Also Christopher Lee to do the voiceover work either way or GTFO.

    EDIT: Jim Dale, I don't internetz well. Thanks to NoNeingNyet for the assist.

  • And by Christopher Lee do you mean Jim Dale?

  • Samantha Klein

    The show started out great, and yes, got pretty wonky between the writer's strike and then the ultimate threat of cancellation. That said, we all need more Lee Pace in our lives. ALL OF US.

  • Joe Grunenwald

    He's been promising Pushing Daisies comics for years. There was even preview art at one point. I'll believe this when I see it.

  • Michelle

    I dunno, I read somewhere else recently that he was thinking about making a musical out of it. This strikes me as one of those things that is constantly speculated upon and will never come to fruition and will CRUSH ME.

    I love this show.

  • dizzylucy

    Whatever they do, I'm there. I simply adored that show.

  • ZizoAH

    This could be the best thing ever! I prefer a Netflix show!

    I literally mourned for months when it was cancelled. I still do cry sometimes.

  • Jim

    Oh, Netflix. I LIKE how you think. Let's get a group together and hatch a plot.

  • Jim

    I've never participated in one but when the Kickstarter is ready, I'll have a stack of bills by my side. That's how it works, right? Lee Pace dances and we toss bills at the screen? Right? Because I'm OK with that.

  • zyzzyva

    I remember this news and I still hope Fuller can come through for us fans. I can't convey just how much I love/d this show, so I will contribute whatever meager funds I can muster to help make this happen.

    Kickstarter makes a tiny reality of the fantasy of having millions of dollars to make your favorite things possibly return...

  • Berry

    I feel bad for admitting this, but for the life of me, I could not get into this show. Too much cute and whimsy. And I'm actually one of the five or so of people who watch New Girl and like Jess. So clearly my tolerance for all things cute and whimsical is high. And yet Pushing Daisies managed to push itself over the limit. Is that one of those signs that a person has no soul?

    That said, I do hope you get more of it, because losing something you love hurts. It just hurts, man.

  • cruzzercruz

    I couldn't get into it either, but maybe I'm just a brutish knuckle dragger. But I support any cult hit getting a second chance.

  • zyzzyva

    I was bracing myself for some more dour hating on my favorite show and all ready to down-vote out of spite/bitterness (still left-over from PD's cancellation) until I reached the end of your comment. So refreshing & unexpected to see someone online who doesn't care for something but stops way short of declaring it useless to anyone else. Just wanted to thank you for that.
    To each his own, indeed. :)

  • Berry

    I actually started Pushing Daisies fully expecting to love it, but sometimes it's just not meant to be, ya know? And I'll be honest: there are things that I find so bad that it's at least somewhat puzzling how otherwise sane and intelligent adults can find value in them. But I never quite got the knack of thinking that I'm always right, so I try not to fly into rages whenever someone has the temerity to question my judgement by having opinions of their own.

  • Guest

    I have Pushing Daises t-shirt and wearing it in public always inspires random strangers to comment without fail, even years later. The following is loyal. I think a Broadway show or a movie is a very cool idea.

  • Ozioma

    There is never a scenario in which more Ned the Piemaker/Lee Pace at his most adorable is a bad thing. EVER.

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