The Televerse #62- Pushing Daisies with Michael Ryan

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This week sees the premiere of ABC’s Malibu Country, marking the official end of the fall network rollouts and our pilot reviews. Due to a number of reasons, we weren’t able to catch up with all the shows we usually follow, but there’s still plenty of TV talk to go around. We take a look at Tuesday’s Halloween-themed comedies (Ben and Kate, New Girl, The Mindy Project, Happy Endings, Don’t Trust the B—- in Apt. 23), the final installment ‘til December of this season of 30 for 30 (Ghosts of Ole Miss), as well as 30 Rock, Supernatural, the Thursday comedies (It’s Always Sunny…, The League, Childrens Hospital, NTSF:SD:SUV::), The Vampire Diaries, Fringe, Bob’s Burgers, Amazing Race, the Call the Midwife finale, The Good Wife, Homeland, and The Voice. Then we welcome Michael Ryan from Mousterpiece Cinema to the DVD Shelf to help us break down Bryan Fuller’s delightful, if short-lived, genre mashup, Pushing Daisies.

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  1. Keith Viverette says

    I loved Pushing Daisies even though I never saw the end of it. I keep trying to watch Revolution but keep falling behind on it. So far every show I was really jazzed for this season has sorta been underwhelming. I have one left and they moved it to a mid-season replacement. Its up to “The Following” still have to wait awhile on that one.

  2. Mario in Philly says

    Totally agree with your assessment of Vampire Diaries. I like Elena’s transformation, and we could use a little less of Klaus. But I do like Jeremy and think his storyline and importance is only going to grow as he becomes an official vampire hunter. Though it opposes everyone he’s connected to I’m hoping he becomes a vampire protector, otherwise he’s going to get staked, bitten, beheaded, shot or all of the above.

    Are you not watching Grimm? I watch few fantasy mythology shows but I think I really look forward to Grimm. It’s a good cast. Rennard’s story is slowly growing and is the “mystery’ I’m most looking forward to getting more info.

    Kalinda’s husband on The Good Wife really holds her character back. It was fine for a few episodes but his presence keeps her from being strong. I think it works best when Kalinda isn’t constantly vulnerable and this just makes her weak. And Alicia needs another friend (maybe like Maura Tierney.)

    On Walking Dead, we said goodbye to two characters though only one I’ll miss. The offing of the other one was somewhat significant and points to a growth-spurt for another character. (I see there is a WD podcast this week, but it just didn’t auto-load in my iTunes.)

    You touched on most of the points I would have brought up on Pushing Daisies. I never enjoyed narration on a show as much as I do on Pushing Daisies. Well, maybe Arrested Development. And The Wonder Years. It probably suffered from its first season airing during the writer’s strike, which took it off the air prematurely. By the time it came back I think it just couldn’t add new viewers. Love the pie shop, love the aunts, love the name Olive Snook, love the great production design, and love the Pie Maker too.

    I’m still bringing up the rear on the Amazing Race pool. But I did last time and finished on top! But I’m doubtful that will happen again as I have no inkling what will happen. All but two of the remaining six teams seem equal in making it to the end. :-)

    Any shows that need a pacing adjustment? I’m following The Office to its finale but I’m finding, particularly after the last episode, I now just want it to be over.

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