April 13th, 2008
Pushing Daisies made its debut on ITV1 on Saturday night. What an utterly charming, deeply strange little show it is.
I can do no better than quote Mr Farber:
IJWTS that Pushing Daisies is very strange, very different, and not particularly like any other American tv show ever done.
If I compared it to, say, Twin Peaks, you'd be misled into thinking it was different in a way similar to David Lynch, which it isn't; the only similarity is in that each was fairly different from any other American dramatic network tv fare.
As such, it's definitely not for everyone, and maybe not for you, but you might want to check it out.
There's a faint hint of Addams Family, as filtered through the Coens and Tim Burton, with a touch of Robert Altman's version of Raymond Chandler, and a dash of Princess Bride. Or something.
At least, in the first episode, all I've seen. I liked it quite a bit. (But there's no doubt some will find it too precious.)
Pushing Daisies is never going to get huge ratings, but on the evidence of the first episode it's going to be a very distinctive addition to the Saturday night TV schedules.