Wednesday, October 03, 2007

TV premiering tonight: Pushing Daisies

This is yet another show that I was really looking forward to that turned out to be a mild disappointment, although I liked it enough to plan to stick with it for a while and see how it turns out. Creator Bryan Fuller was responsible for the well-regarded Dead Like Me (which I haven't seen) and Wonderfalls, which I liked but found a little excessively quirky and mannered. Daisies, which was originally conceived as a spin-off of Dead Like Me, is also excessively quirky and mannered, and has a convoluted premise that takes pretty much the entire first episode to set up. The pilot is directed by Barry Sonnenfeld, who adds greatly to the overly art-directed feel of the show, although at least he's showing some personality here, as opposed to the pilot he directed last fall (Notes from the Underbelly).

The relationship between the two main characters - a guy who can resurrect the dead and his once-dead, long-lost love who will die again if he touches her - is rather sweet and sort of tragic, and once you understand all the rules of the central concept, it seems like it has potential for some interesting stories. But the idea of this show being, essentially, a procedural with magical/comedic elements, is a little dicey, and the murders the main character solves with his P.I. partner (always nice to see Chi McBride) are going to have to be pretty off-kilter to live up to the rest of the show. I hope they will ease off the cloying narration and give the character interplay some time to develop; they've already got a unique show, so let's see if they can get all those odd elements to work together. ABC, Wednesdays, 8 p.m.

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