Break out the celebratory slice of pie: ABC has given “Pushing Daisies” a back-nine order.
The best-reviewed new show of the season, “Pushing Daisies” is also the fourth-highest rated frosh entry (behind only “Private Practice,” “Bionic Woman” and “Samantha Who?”).
The show was finally given the pickup after once again winning its Wednesday 8 p.m. hour last week among adults 18-49, 18-34 and 25-54. Show is even growing among young men: “Daisies” was up 32% week-to-week with men 18-34.
“Daisies” reps the second frosh series to get a “back nine” pickup by the Alphabet, which has also given the full-year go-ahead to “Private Practice.” Next up, expect announcements also on “Dirty Sexy Money,” “Women’s Murder Club” and “Samantha Who?”
“Daisies,” from Warner Bros. TV, has averaged a 3.9 rating and 11 share among adults 18-49 after three airings, according to live-plus-same-day data. Skein has also averaged 11.1 million viewers.
Bryan Fuller created “Daisies” and exec produces, along with Barry Sonnenfeld (who helmed the pilot), Dan Jinks, Bruce Cohen and Brooke Kennedy. In case you haven’t checked it out yet, Lee Pace stars as piemaker Ned, who discovers he can bring the deceased back to life by touching them. He winds up one day resurrecting his childhood crush Chuck (Anna Friel), and the two launch a flirtation hampered by the fact that they can never come in physical contact.
Chi McBride, Ellen Greene, Swoosie Kurtz and Kristin Chenoweth star, with narration by Jim Dale.
The road to full-season pickup has been rather bumpy. As Season Pass noted last month, producers have stuggled to keep up with budget and time contraints while trying to maintain its unique, colorful look.
Specifically, Sonnenfeld, who also directed the first regular episode, was asked not to return to helm subsequent segs after Warner Bros. TV grew leery of cost overruns. The studio eventually reversed course, however, and asked Sonnenfeld to direct more episodes this fall.
Sonnenfeld wasn’t available again, however. But now that “Daisies” will continue through the end of the year, Sonnenfeld will likely shoot another episode later sometime in midseason.
— Michael Schneider