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A show created by Bryan Fuller that aired on ABC for two seasons, Pushing Daisies is a comedy drama that follows the strange life of a professional pie baker who possesses the ability to raise the dead with a touch. Ned the pie maker, played by Lee Pace, helps private investigator Emerson Cod played by Chi McBride with unsolved murders by bringing the victims back to life to ask how they died. The arrangement works out well for Ned until he learns his childhood sweetheart Charlotte "Chuck" Charles played by Anna Friel was murdered and, after Ned brings her back to life, he can't bring himself to put her back into death. Ned allows her to live and the pair fall in love and she comes to live him though they can never touch since a second touch to someone Ned brings back to life will kill them forever. Chuck joins Ned and Emerson in their investigations and the trio get involved in strange misadventures during cases while dealing with surprises and problems from their past and their present circumstances.

Throughout the series their inability to touch one another remains an obstacle for the couple. Another is Ned's guilt at knowledge that, as a child, bringing his own mother back from the dead killed Chuck's father. The pair also have the ongoing problem of keeping the secret of her being alive again from Lily and Vivian (played by Swoosie Kurtz and Ellen Greene) the aunts who raised her. Ned must deal with Olive Snook played by Kristen Chenoweth, the waitress in his restaurant who has fallen in love with him but whose affections he does not return. Emerson's storyline follows his search for his daughter, lost to him when his wife took her away.

The show was nominated for and won several awards and is known for its quirky characterizations and its singular and vivid visual style. When ratings declined, the show was cancelled and wrapped up in a short epilogue to the final episode.

ABC
2 Seasons, 22 Episodes - Canceled
October 3, 2007
Comedy, Drama
8.4/10
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  • When one of Lily and Vivian's old synchronized swimming rivals is murdered, the aunts must come out of retirement to solve the case.

  • Emerson's old flame offers a bit of quid pro quo in return for proving her innocence in the murder of the owner of the Papen County Dam, who Emerson despises. Meanwhile, Olive takes a liking to Randy Mann, the taxidermist and former client of My Best Friend, Inc.

  • Elliott McQuoddy hires Emerson to investigate the death of his mother Nora, a lighthouse keeper found harpooned to death on her own light.

  • Chef Colonel Likken takes a licking, and his widow hires Emerson to find her husband's original recipe that vanished when the Colonel was deep-fried to death.

  • When Gustav Hoffer, the creator of the mechanized yarn-baller, dies during a robbery, his laywer hires Emerson to determine if premeditated murder was planned. Meanwhile, a man out of chuck's past finds her empty coffin and starts asking questions of the aunts.

  • The Great Herrmann hires Emerson to find out who's trying to kill him, and magic, murder, and mystery mix, while Ned discovers that there's some magic in his father's history.

  • A Chinese restaurant owner, Mr. Bao Di, is killed in a seeming accident. His wife hires Emerson to investigate what she believes was murder, and the team discovers that Bao owed gambling debts and used his daughter's hand in marriage as collateral.

  • Emerson has to deal with a visit from his mother, and a sexy client who needs his help in solving the murder of her best friend Joe... and Joe had a lot of best friends.

  • Still at the nunnery, Olive hires Emerson and Ned to investigate the suspicious suicide of a nun. Meanwhile, Chuck wonders what to do with her new life.

  • A woman hires Emerson to find her missing daughter, and the trail leads to a circus. Meanwhile, Chuck moves out of Ned's apartment, and her aunts visit the Pie Hole.

  • In the aftermath of learning the Aunts' secret, Olive decides to resign as waitress and Lily arranges for her to be checked into a nunnery. Meanwhile, Emerson takes on the case of a woman who died in a bee-related incident.

  • Emerson, Ned and Chuck investigate the death of Tony DiNapoli, who appears to have been strangled by a woman. However, when Ned brings Tony back to life to find out killed him, Tony claims it was Burly Bruce Carter, via the hands of his "girlfriend" who is a real doll. Meanwhile, business at the Pie Hole drops off when a new candy store opens in town, and Alfredo continues to pursue an oblivious Olive who, herself, continues to pine after the Pie Maker.

  • Emerson is called on to investigate the case of Anita Gray. Sitting at her desk, Anita was leaning over to smell a scratch-n-sniff book when suddenly an explosion erupted from the book, completely engulfing her.

  • Following the death of a polygamist dog breeder, Emerson, Ned, and Chuck try to figure out which wife poisoned his coffee. It is when they find out that his death is the result of marketing a new breed of dog that they find out each wife had her own motive for killing Harold that they are able to solve the mystery.

  • With the Halloween season upon them, a ghostly horseman is killing local jockeys. Emerson and Olive try to find the person behind the deaths with help from Chuck and Ned, while Ned deals with his Halloween angst.

  • Emerson is hired to investigate the mysterious death of one of the owners of a funeral home... the man who died when Ned kept Chuck alive. Meanwhile, Chuck bakes anti-depressant medication into her aunts' pies.

  • When an automotive developer is found dead after a hit-and-run, Ned believes there's more to the accident than meets the eye, especially after learning that the victim worked for a company about to unveil an experimental car. Meanwhile, Chuck demands answers from Ned about how he brought her back to life.

  • As a child, Ned discovered he had a very unique ability -- he can bring someone back to life with a simple touch, but if the touches them again, they return to dead for good. His ability takes a complicated turn when his childhood sweetheart, Chuck, is murdered and Ned brings her back to life. Now that she knows his secret, Chuck agrees to help Ned and his partner, private eye Emerson Cod, solve murders by talking to the victims.

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Pushing Daisies News

'Pushing Daisies' Might Become a Broadway Musical

Were you inconsolable when "Pushing Daisies" was cancelled? Good news: the show might be revived (so to speak) as a Broadway musical!

Kristin Chenoweth to be Honored by GLAAD for Speaking Out Against Gay and Lesbian Prejudice

Kristin Chenoweth is being honored by GLAAD (the Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation) for the work she's done to help eliminate prejudice against gay and lesbian people.

Kristin has been most recently known for her role in "Pushing Daisies," but what people might not know is that she's also a Broadway star and has an amazing voice, which she's used well in her efforts to promote tolerance.

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