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“Pushing Daisies”: Chuck and Ned smooch at the cemetery

Pd_screening_kissI’m told a splendid time was had by all last night at the “Pushing Daisies” screening at the Hollywood Forever Cemetery. Pilot was said to have been enthusiastically received by the non-pros in the audience, just as it has been by industry insiders during the past few months since it was picked up by ABC back in May. Pilot helmer and exec producer Barry Sonnenfeld looks like he was having a good time, all decked out as a pink cowboy. And here’s a pic at left of something we’re unlikely to see anytime soon on the show — stars Lee Pace and Anna Friel smooching!

“Daisies” revolves around a guy, Ned, with an unusual talent to bring the dead back to life with the touch of his hand — with the catch that if he touches them again, they’re back to …. pushing daisies. Chuck happens to be Ned’s long-lost childhood sweetheart who Ned reconnects with, unfortunately a little too late when she’s already been bumped off. He revives her and the flower of their youthful love re-blossoms in a big way…but only if they don’t actually touch.Pushdaisiesscreengroup_2

“Pushing Daisies” has a few tough tasks ahead of it. It’s got great industry buzz that it has to live up to. It has to open a night for ABC (Wednesday) at 8 p.m.; and it has to build on the Ned-Chuck storyline without the “no touching” rule feeling tired, and it has to keep the franchise murder-mystery element of Ned reviving murder victims to catch their killers from running out of steam too. If anyone’s up to the task, it’s “Daisies” creator Bryan Fuller, a man with a naturally sunny-morbid disposition who spent the past season on “Heroes” and has a loyal cult following for his previous offbeat dramas “Wonderfalls” and “Dead Like Me.” And he’s got formidable help from fellow exec producers Dan Jinks and Bruce Cohen (who flank Sonnenfeld and Fuller in the pic at right, with Bruce on the far right). Go, Bryan, go…

(Group pic by Jean Baptiste Lacroix/WireImage.com)

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