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Fans of Pushing Daisies
believe that it's a magical show, and the people who make it wholeheartedly agree. It makes sense that the Pushing Daisies
panel at Comic-Con was the most joyous panel I've been to all week. Pushing Daisies
is exactly what creator Bryan Fuller wanted it to be: an hour-long smile. The crowd incessantly showed and spoke their praise for the series, its cast, and its creative team. The cast heaped praise onto each other and Bryan Fuller. Barry Sonnenfeld, the panel moderator and, as director of the pilot, creator of the show's all-important aesthetic, he could not contain his love for everything Pushing Daisies
. He loves Bryan and the actors. On the panel were Bryan Fuller, with the entire cast: Lee Pace
, Anna Friel
, Kristin Chenoweth
, Chi McBride
, Swoozie Kurtz, and Ellen Greene
The crowd loves Kristen. That's all you need to know. The multi-talented petite lady is beloved by a great legion of people, who know her from both Broadway and her on-screen acting. She even sang “Somewhere Over the Rainbow” to the audience at the request of a fan. The crowd went absolutely insane.
But, let's go back a second. When Mr. Sonnenfeld introduced the panel, it was akin to an NBA playoff game. He yelled each person's name and they walked the long walk onto the stage amid rapturous applause. When Chi McBride started the trend of high-fiving the entire front row, while running, before taking the back way up on stage, Bryan Fuller and Chenoweth followed. Sonnenfeld remarked on how great his view was from above as Chenoweth bounced around in front of the stage.
However, before even the introductions, the audience was shown a two-minute preview of season two. These are some of the things we saw: (possibly) Evil Clowns, a nunnery with Olive and the aunts, some badly stung bodies and the beehive corporation they likely came from, French Stewart, “Pigby,” and a man shot out of a cannon. The second season should be a hell of a lot of fun.
In addition to what we saw in the clip, Fuller said we would journey to a magic world and a Dim Sum world (awesome). In season 2, Daisies
will deal with Ned's father issues, Chuck's father issues (a man named Dwight Dixon, who has history with both fathers, will appear in the fifth episode), the aunts will come to the Pie Hole, Chuck will move out, and Olive will spend a few episodes in the aforementioned nunnery.
Here are some highlights and notable quotes from the panel tonight.
Lee Pace to Barry: “You're adorable...and abusive.”
Audience Member: “Bryan will there be more singing this year?” Bryan: “Sinning? Yes.”
Barry on Kristen: “She's like a perfect short person.”
Bryan, in response to Daisies being a great date night attraction: “We plan to get you all laid.”
The season premiere will be a road map to the entire season, filled with clues that will make sense once the season is over.
Lee Pace is a shy kind of guy, but he is genuine. He gushed about how playing an optimistic character like Ned allows him to go home happy.
Emerson Cod will discuss how he wants to publish a pop-up book called “My Little Gumshoe” which is basically a map for how his estranged daughter can find him. Emerson Cod's mother will appear early in the season, and will be played by a Broadway actress.
There will be more singing this season, and Kristin will be bringing some of her Broadway friends in. Who, we don't yet know.
Overall, it was a happy time. I remembered how much I love the show and can't wait for it to be back this Fall.
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