Pushing Daisies: If by the end of the month ABC doesn’t place an order for additional episodes — beyond the 13 it initially ordered — then you can start worrying. In the meantime, I’ve got a little scoop that is sure to be music to your ears: Olive (Kristin Chenoweth) is going to sing “Eternal Flame” to Ned (Lee Pace)! Only, well, he won’t be there. (That’s so like Olive.) — Ausiello Files
Kristin at E!Online just talked to the fabulously good Lee Pace, and he had some interesting things to say about the show’s likely future…
Is Daisies Safe or In Danger? Despite last week’s less than optimal ratings, Lee said, “They have been nothing but great over at ABC, truly great and supportive. Pushing Daisies is not necessarily an obvious show to put on the air. They are smart people and creative people who really like it—they think it’s really fun.” Will it get picked up? “I have no idea, no idea. If the numbers are different than they were last week, it might be clearer right now, but I have no idea.” Did I mention please, please, please watch Pushing Daisies tonight?
Zombie Chuck Is Quite a Leap of Imagination: According to Lee, a lot of this year’s secrets lead back to Swoosie Kurtz and Ellen Greene, and that can only be good news for us fans. He said, “There are a lot of secrets in the land of Pushing Daisies, and Lily and Vivian have a lot of them. It’s tied them right into the center of the plot. We’re in episode 10 right now, and they still haven’t discovered Chuck (Anna Friel). It’s not like the show is about a world full of magic where it would even make sense that Ned can do what he can do. That’s why Olive (Kristin Chenoweth) is convinced that Chuck has faked her death; it would never even occur to her that Ned has touched her back to life.”
The Brains of the Operation: Look for one ep where the professionals abandon ship and the amateurs have to do a little detecting. Said Lee, “There’s an episode where just me and Olive solve the case, which is very funny because neither one of us know what we’re doing. Chuck and Emerson (Chi McBride) are the ones who are actually really good at solving cases. It’s funny, Ned’s methods for solving a case without Emerson basically involve going around saying ‘You’re the killer; no, you’re the killer; no, you’re the killer!’ ”
More Emerson! I love me some Cod—good news then that we’re going to learn more about the little baby Cod! According to Lee, Emerson Cod takes a missing persons case this week, and he said, “It kicks off this whole storyline about finding his daughter. This week is someone else’s missing daughter, but down the line—I know that the next episode we shoot, episode 12, has a lot to do with Emerson and tracking down the daughter.”
From TV Guide
Pushing Daisies‘ Lee Pace on Pieman Ned’s Special Touch “Poor Ned!” says Lee Pace, of the romantic piemaker he plays on ABC’s fantastical Pushing Daisies (Wednesdays, 8 pm/ET, ABC). You think you have problems with your love life? Ned’s current romantic entanglement is a doozy, boasting a very unusual obstacle. Because of his special gift (he can bring things back to life with just a touch, but if he touches them again, they die forever), his one true love, played by Anna Friel, is one big hands-off zone, owing to her having once been deceased. Can you imagine? Pace tells us how Season 2 will examine Ned’s sexual frustration, his dysfunctional families — both literal and figurative — and Chuck’s biggest secret of all. — Mickey O’Connor, TV Guide
TVGuide.com: Pushing Daisies is so visually colorful, with a very specific, rich, saturated palette. So why is Ned always stuck wearing drab black or white all the time?
Lee Pace: That was my idea. It makes sense for the character; he’s the center of this mad world.
TVGuide.com: It is a mad world. Have you ever gotten any pressure, either from the inside or the outside, to tone down the show’s fairy-tale quality and make it more accessible, more real?
Pace: It’s all about [series creator] Bryan Fuller really. He has really, really good taste. The network supports him, and we all support him. I think the show combines comedy and heartbreak, and when it all comes together with the look of it, I don’t think there’s an answer for how that formula came to be. When you can watch Pushing Daisies or a movie on On Demand, we want to make the show as satisfying as a movie.
TVGuide.com: Family seems to be a recurring theme this season – Emerson’s, Chuck’s… will we ever meet Ned’s family, whether they be alive or dead at the moment?
Pace: You’re absolutely right — family is a big issue this season, how what went on in their pasts has made them the people they are now. Later this season, Chuck and Olive take it upon themselves to find Ned’s twin half-brothers, and they make life very complicated for Ned. But it’s good for him. He’s got a lot of problems, a lot of hang-ups that he’s not particularly ready to confront. But… he does, and I think in every episode you see Ned take a step forward. It’s all about making life complicated for Ned. Poor Ned!
TVGuide.com: Speaking of “poor Ned,” the show is very quaint, very old-fashioned and innocent. But since Ned can’t ever touch Chuck, will his sexual frustration ever become an issue?
Pace: Yes, I think so, for both of them. They’ve been together for over a year now, and it’s getting complicated. Is this going to be it for the rest of their lives — spooning through plastic? I like that Bryan Fuller is tackling these things with them because it makes them more grown-up, that they actually do have a sex life.
TVGuide.com: Let’s talk about the “no touching” rule. Is there someone whose job it is to patrol that? Has there ever been a time that you’ve had to change the way something is filmed — say, an action scene — to ensure they don’t ever touch?
Pace: Oh yeah, when we’re standing together at the Pie Hole counter, we’ll always touch a little bit, and then we have to reshoot it. There’s a scene in the episode “Circus Circus” [which airs Wednesday] where Anna and I decided we were going to play “slap jack” [in which one player tries to yank their hands away before the other slaps them], which is basically Russian roulette for Chuck. And then [executive producer] Barry Sonnenfeld watched the dailies and said, “What were you thinking, and who let you get away with this?”
TVGuide.com: Was that just something you improvised?
Pace: Yeah, we thought it would be funny. We didn’t want to just be sitting in a booth. But they couldn’t use the scene, because as an audience, you’re really invested in the idea that if she touches him, she’s dead. You don’t want Chuck to die.
TVGuide.com: Has there ever been a time where a touching gaffe has made it to screen? I haven’t noticed any.
Pace: No, but there are times when, because of the way it’s filmed, I’ll be reaching across in front of her or something, and it might look like we’re touching; it’s a little too close for comfort. We have to be clean when we’re shooting. From the beginning, I’ve been sitting on my hands and shoving my hands in my pockets. Ned loves Chuck so much, it’s always on the front of his mind. It’s the psychology of the character.
TVGuide.com: Will Chuck’s secret ever be discovered or is it the part of the DNA of the show that it never will?
Pace: Well, she hasn’t been found out in a big way yet. But, as I said, the show is about making life hard for Chuck and Ned, and that would certainly make life hard for them. I think it’s Ned’s deepest, darkest fear, because then he’d be found out, and then he turns into E.T.