Last year, Fuller worked on “Heroes,” 2006-07’s most-talked-about new show. This season, Fuller created “Pushing Daisies,” by far the best-reviewed new series of fall. Not a bad year in the life of a writer.
A comedic hour exploring some pretty dark subjects, “Pushing Daisies” is like nothing else currently in primetime.
ABC has already given a full-season order for “Daisies,” which centers on Ned, a pie maker who can resurrect dead people with the tap of his hand — but will permanently send them six feet under with a second touch.
It gets more quirky: Ned partners up with a private eye to use his powers to solve murders and collect the reward; that’s all fine, until the day he brings his childhood crush, Chuck, back to life. Not wanting to send her back, the two initiate a flirtation that can never, under terms of his power, be consummated.
“This Technicolored, kaleidoscope fable of life, love and perpetual whimsy restores my faith in TV’s ability to amuse, enchant and entertain with endless invention and eye-popping style,” TV Guide critic Matt Roush recently wrote.
Point of view
“One of my favorite movies is ‘Foul Play,’ a murder mystery, but a comedy,” Fuller says. “That’s the tone we were going for with this show. It’s weird to look at the show and think of it as a family show. But the first time I watched it, there was a Candy Land ad during the break! On the one hand, that’s mind-blowing, and on the other hand, fantastic.”