In honor of tomorrow being Pi Day (as in π, 3.14159 and so on), I’m talking about a different pie today. If you haven’t seen Pushing Daisies, you are seriously missing out. This show was undisputedly cancelled too soon. It’s everything I like in a show: visually stunning, detectives and mysteries, musical elements, and a little bit of creepy!
Ned, The Piemaker, (Lee Pace) has the ability to bring things back from the dead with one touch. Another touch and boom: dead forever. Leave someone alive for too long (over one minute) and someone else dies. He is the owner of The Pie Hole, as in shut your.
Fellow employee Olive Snook (Kristin Chenoweth) is in love with The Piemaker, and thankfully her feelings occasionally manifest in song. Olive Snook is one of my favorite TV characters and my spirit animal.
Ned uses his reincarnation power to solve mysteries with Private Eye, Emerson Cod (Chi McBride). When Ned brings back his childhood sweetheart, a girl named Chuck (Anna Friel), he can’t bring himself to let her die. Chuck’s agoraphobic aunts (Ellen Green and Swoozie Kurtz) are weird and wonderful, bringing more love and fun into this little show.
Pushing Daisies is a quirky, colorful adventure. I cannot stress enough that you need to watch this show!
If you have Amazon Prime, the two seasons that make up the series are on Instant Video for free. If you haven’t taken advantage of the 30-day free trial offer, I suggest you do!
On a very loosely related note, fun fact: MIT choses to celebrate this mathematical constant by releasing its admission decisions on this day! I think that statement alone accurately encompasses the spirit of MIT– such a neat place! Good luck to any applicants out there!