The fall’s most-buzzed-about pilot is also one of its most unusual: a whimsical hourlong about a piemaker who discovers he can bring people back to life with his finger — but send them permanently six feet under with a second touch.
ABC is investing heavily in “Pushing Daisies,” created by Fuller. The show has been given the tremendous task of opening the Alphabet’s all-new Wednesday lineup and is key to the network’s aggressive fall marketing campaign.
Fuller is no stranger to this kind of acclaim, having created shows like Showtime’s “Dead Like Me” and Fox’s short-lived (lamentably, some say) “Wonderfalls.” Last season, he was writing some of the stronger “Heroes” segs while simultaneously putting the finishing touches on “Pushing Daisies.”
“Daisies” revolves around an impossible romance between the lead character and the love of his life — whom he revives and as a result can never have physical contact with again. There’s an underlying morbidity to it, but the scribe says he’s more fascinated by death than frightened by it.
“I don’t think you can look at death without looking at life, because it’s kind of the punctuation to it,” Fuller says.