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part of a small rebellion | by maryann johanson

the reason for ‘Pushing Daisies’ sudden return?

I think I figured out why ABC is torturing us by bringing Pushing Daisies back to TV now, for a couple of weeks, instead of just letting us enjoy those last few unaired episodes on DVD in the privacy of our own misery.

It’s because Anna Friel — aka Chuck Charles, beloved of Ned the Piemaker, alias: The Alive-Again Avenger — is starring in Land of the Lost, opening this Friday. Could ABC be hoping for some sort of synergistic boost to its viewership, thanks to interest in this movie?

Not that anyone who likes Friel in Daisies will get much out of Lost, or vice versa. In the former, she’s a complex, fully rounded character full of verve and smarts and passion. In the latter, she runs around half naked, constantly resisting the inappropriate sexual advances of a half-evolved primate. That would be Danny McBride, of course, as Will. Chaka the monkey-boy (played by Jorma Taccone) merely grabs her breast on a regular basis.

The really awful thing is, I bet she got paid a helluva lot more dough for Lost than she did for Daisies

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  • Saladinho

    Not to sound like a complete psycho stalker, MaryAnn, but there are moments when I vist your site that I think we were seperated at birth or something, and this is one of those times. I actually thought of suggesting that myself last week, when you posted about the show’s brief return.

    I was afraid of sounding too grumpy and cynical. Heh.

    I have this vision of Anna Friel becoming this huge star soon, and me having this “Where were you when I needed you!” attitude to the general public over it.

  • Rob

    Doesn’t quite explain, though, why ABC is also going to be airing Dirty Sexy Money and Eli Stone‘s final episodes once Pushing Daisies is done.

  • Ryan T.

    I think it’s just ABC trying half-heartedly to appease upset fans who of course want the DVDs now now NOW.

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