“Pushing Daisies”

This ABC show may just be the most inventive, creative, surprising thing of the year. It’s shot in a way that reminds me of the Coen brothers, often my favorite directors, and the show especially reminds me of “Raising Arizona.”

The premise is oddball – a guy whose touch brings the dead back to life. There is, however, a catch. If he touches the person again, they’re immediately back to being dead. If, after the intial, reanimating touch, he doesn’t touch the recently-deceased person again within one minute, they’ll stay alive… but someone else in the immediate vicinity will die.

Bizarre premise, to say the least.

But the writing! The writing soars. It is inspiring and grammatically correct. The narrator is a prim, British, grandfatherly voice whose face we never see. The sets are colorful and very Little Shop of Horrors in their kitsch factor. The lead character, the reanimator, is also a piemaker, who owns a pie shop. It is very, very quaint.

The dialogue is sometimes deliberately flowery or stilted, and in tonight’s episode, the female lead said, “we could be unorthodox urban honey pioneers!”

I’d bet my last dollar that had never been uttered on television until that moment. 🙂

If you have the means, catch up on “Pushing Daisies.” It is absolutely endearing. Intellectual without being snobby. And it has Chi McBride. We like Chi McBride. Especially because he’s a private detective… who knits. “Big Daddy needs some yarn,” he says about the payoff for their next big case.

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