Friday, October 19, 2007
Pushing Daisies -- early Tim Burton crossed with Pete & Pete
I have fallen in love with Pushing Daisies, a new TV show that airs on ABC on Wednesday nights at 8pm EST. If you haven't watched the show because the premise sounds too off-putting -- guy can raise the dead with one touch, put them back dead again with a second -- try it anyway. The premise is not the charm of the show.
I would pitch this as early Tim Burton (ie., the bright colors and dark whimsy of Edwards Scissorhands) meets Pete & Pete (omniscient narrator, larger than life characters)* with relative unknowns Lee Pace and Anna Friel as the leads assisted by yummy helpings of Chi McBride, Kristin Chenoweth, Ellen Greene and Swoosie Kurtz in secondary roles.
The production values are outstanding, the narration is done by Jim Dale (who does the Harry Potter audio books), and after three episodes the whimsy has not overshadowed the comedy and whistling in the dark humor.
I'm including lots of pictures so you can get a feel for the Technicolor-like look of the show.
*Oh, and throw in some Peewee's Playhouse too, the sets all look like they belong in the Playhouse.