Pushing Daisies, Back in Good Taste as Always.

Pushing Daisies was my favorite new show last year and after a long hiatus it is finally back on the air!  Bryan Fuller, the creator and writer of the show, is also responsible for the wonder that was Wonderfalls (before Fox canceled it, like they do to anything good FORTHELOVEOFDOG), another favorite show of mine.

Pushing Daisies has the same sort of clever, fearless whimsy that made Wonderfalls so great, and the talented cast and amazing art direction don’t hurt too much, either.

Wonderfalls alumnus Lee Pace plays the main character, Ned, aka The Piemaker. Here he is pictured in his pie shop:

The Piemaker
The Piemaker

The pie shop’s red and green decor is just one example of the overall red-and-green color palette favored by Fuller and the art direction team – it’s a bold look for the show and it pleasantly reminds me of a lot of the Jean-Pierre Jeunet / Marc Caro movies.  Most excellent!

Here’s the outside of the pie shop:

The Pie Hole
The Pie Hole

The name of the shop, The Pie Hole, is just one of the show’s many puns.  The narration voiced over by Jim Dale is rife with clever wordplay every week, and that same sense of fun and playfulness shows up in a lot of the design of the show, too.

Here’s Emerson Cod, a private investigator with whom Ned works, solving mysteries with his supernatural gifts:

Emerson Cod Points the Finger
Emerson Cod Points the Finger

In the season two premiere, it was revealed that Emerson, an avid knitter, has also recently authored a pop-up detective book for children, entitled Lil Gumshoe.  (And you were wondering why I love this show?!)

Here are Emerson and Ned doing some spying with their clearly state-of-the-art spy gadgets:

Ned and Emerson Listen In
Ned and Emerson Listen In

This is another interesting aspect of the look of the show: while it is apparently set in modern times, there are very few traces of 21st-Century technology to be seen.  For the most part, it’s quite difficult to date the show at all based on props, set, or wardrobe.

Here we see Ned’s love-interest, Chuck, going undercover at the offices of Betty’s Bees, a cosmetic company:

Chuck Goes Undercover at Betty's Bees
Chuck Goes Undercover at Betty's Bees

The cheeky set design may admittedly be over the top, but I love the repeated hexagonal motif in the walls, flooring, architecture, and even the tufting of the chair.  Honey-like colors seal the deal.

The visual excesses pervade the show.  Here for example, is a moment where Ned is able to bring Chuck’s deceased bees back to life with the power of touch.  As Chuck dumps the contents of the hive over him, the bees come back to life in a sparkling, swirling display:

Ned Brings Bees Back to Life
Ned Brings Bees Back to Life

Oh, and Lee Pace is without a shirt, so there’s that, too.

Basically, Ned the Piemaker is pretty fucking dreamy.  Not only does he bake pies (I LOVE PIES), but he also does things like this:

Ned Builds a Wall of Books for Chuck
Ned Builds a Wall of Books for Chuck

Who would not want to come home to find this guy building a wall of books for you? A WALL OF BOOKS, I ASK YOU.

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4 thoughts on “Pushing Daisies, Back in Good Taste as Always.

  1. suomichris October 6, 2008 / 9:27 pm

    Please to inform when one of the dude’s who is a dad says an Indian word! All me, baby! (They still haven’t paid me! I wonder how long it takes for them to do such a thing!)

  2. Katie October 6, 2008 / 9:40 pm

    Such an amazing show. If I can’t have my Wonderfalls, I am SO pleased they came up with this. It’s beautiful, witty, sweet, and unique. And of course, I am also in love with The Piemaker.

  3. Ruby October 6, 2008 / 11:25 pm

    When I saw the book wall I think I died a little. On the inside. In a good way.

    I love Kristin Chenoweth, and though I hate things with singing in them, I wish she could sing more in this show. The Sound of Music bit could have been even more amazing. I LOVE the aunts. I love the Piemaker. The little boy who plays the little piemaker is great, too.

    We’re going to break the DVR this season, methinks.

  4. peashelle October 7, 2008 / 1:38 pm

    *sigh* I just adore this show!

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