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Pushing Daisies Premieres
2007-10-03 18:37
by Jon Weisman

See it in color!

2007-10-03 22:01:06
1.   jtrichey
Really enjoyed Pushing Daisies. It had a real European film kind of feel to it ala Amelie. It was by leaps and bounds the best new show I've seen this year, and probably in 3 or 4 years.
2007-10-03 22:27:48
2.   Bob Timmermann
I enjoyed the show too, but I don't see how the whole conceit can be played out for more than a few episode.
2007-10-03 22:36:54
3.   Jon Weisman
2 - That's what so many people say, but don't you think they've thought about that?
2007-10-03 22:43:30
4.   underdog
Endearing show, I definitely want to keep watching it. Nice start.

Also enjoyed Reaper premiere. Anyone else catch it?

Now, as if you didn't have enough devices for procrastination at your disposal, here's another:

I've watched WKRP episodes, a couple of MST3Ks, and the Reaper premiere's up there, too, in case you missed it. I wonder how long that site can stay up there...

2007-10-03 22:45:17
5.   Bob Timmermann
I guess I'm still worried that the show will go the way of "Dead Like Me."
2007-10-03 23:03:02
6.   underdog
Man, I keep thinking how torturous the premise of Pushing Daisies is going to be, for the protagonist and for us! Not necessarily in a bad way, but it's built around frustration. I can't see it lasting longer than Dead Like Me, but we'll see.
2007-10-03 23:23:13
7.   Greg Brock
I just watched, and I feel exactly like I did about Arrested Development. I absolutely love this show and every single thing about it, and it's not going to last very long.
2007-10-04 00:15:30
8.   Greg Brock
[Schrute] Question: [/Schrute]

On Private Practice (yes, I'm watching it, stop judging and focus on the following question) the lady says what a catch she is because she does the NYT crossword in pen.

Who does a crossword in pencil? This is first day crossword puzzle stuff here. Nobody does a crossword in pencil. You have to absolutely know the answer before putting the letters in the boxes. It's a level of commitment and confidence that transcends anything else. Really? A crossword in pencil? That's just downright cheating.

2007-10-04 07:00:53
9.   Bob Timmermann
I don't do crosswords in pencil because they're hard to read that way.
2007-10-04 07:02:30
10.   Jon Weisman
Arrested Development lasted three seasons, which ultimately is a pretty good run for any show. It shouldn't have been canceled, but 66 episodes is a bunch.

Now, Pushing Daisies might only do a season, or two seasons. Could follow the Friday Night Lights path. But the pessimism about the show's future after so many people liked the first episode just seems a bit much to me.

2007-10-04 07:11:28
11.   Penarol1916
9. Exactly, it is nearly impossible to read pencil markings on newspaper, plus newspaper is so delicate that I imagine even attempting to erase what you wrote in pencil would cause one to ruin the whole crossword anyway.

As for Pushing Daisies, didn't watch it. 7 is too early for it, I'll never actually watch it, it should replace Private Practice at 8, then there would actually be something in that time slot worth watching.

2007-10-04 07:33:02
12.   Bob Timmermann
But every TV series I touch dies.
2007-10-04 07:33:56
13.   Jon Weisman
But you touched Grey's Anatomy ...
2007-10-04 07:47:39
14.   Bob Timmermann
Grey's Anatomy is a show that cannot be killed.

I believe it operates on a different ethereal plane.

2007-10-04 08:23:07
15.   Kevin Lewis

I loved the show. The characters, the set, and the whole tempo of the show was refreshing. I'm not necessarily pessimistic about how it will keep it up, but I am interested to see how they are going to keep it going past the first season. JTrichey mentioned the European feel to the show, and this would work with the amount of seasons. Don't most European shows run for 2-4 seasons and then they are done? This would assure a high quality show from start to finish...sometimes we Americans just don't know when to let a show go.


Why won't that show die? I want it to so badly.

2007-10-04 08:53:29
16.   overkill94
8 Back in college when everyone used to do the daily crossword as a way of not paying attention in class, people would marvel that I didn't have any words scratched out once I had finished. It's the same concept - people who don't know how to do crosswords don't understand the finality of putting a word in the boxes.

I'm out of town for two weeks so I'll have to watch Pushing Daisies when I get back, but all these positive reviews are getting me excited.

2007-10-04 09:44:35
17.   Jon Weisman
Did anyone watch the second Bionic Woman? I forgot to program it in to record.
2007-10-04 10:02:14
18.   Bob Timmermann
I realized that I had not set "Bionic Woman" as a series recording.

I think that was my subconscious telling me that I didn't like it.

And I didn't.

2007-10-04 10:06:27
19.   Jon Weisman
Pushing Daisies did pretty well in the ratings.

2007-10-04 11:33:32
20.   Kevin Lewis
I am halfway through Bionic Woman. Isaiah Washington showed up in the this one. I will report back when I finish the other half.
2007-10-04 12:47:02
21.   Greg Brock
19 I came here to say that. It did really well, which is great. But we'll see what the drop-off is next week. The show was lauded and everybody was told it was the show to watch. Now we have to find out how many people liked it.
2007-10-04 13:47:15
22.   CanuckDodger
17 -- I watched Bionic Woman last night, and I thought it was terrible. The pilot plus last night's episode made it clear to me that the producers have no idea what they are doing. Nice concept, awful writing. I won't be watching any more episodes.

I'm sorry you didn't like Chuck, Jon. I've really enjoyed the first two episodes. It's the quintessence of light-hearted, escapist fun, with the Chuck and Sarah characters being very likeable and Adam Baldwin being, well, Adam Baldwin (and since I loved him in Firefly that's good enough).

2007-10-04 14:01:53
23.   Jon Weisman
Adam Baldwin was never better than in My Bodyguard - and I don't mean that as a criticism of his career.

A guy at work has been all over me for dissing Chuck. He has seen episode 3 and says it's the best so far.

I've heard nothing good about the second Bionic Woman from people.

2007-10-04 14:26:05
24.   Jon Weisman
I just had lunch at LACMA and saw Tim DeKay from "Tell Me I Don't Have To Have Sex With You, Please" there.
2007-10-04 21:05:00
25.   Kevin Lewis

Perfectly said about Bionic Woman. It is such a good concept, but it is really jerky in sequence and story telling. I think I am done with that one. I still like Chuck and I am looking forward to PD next week.

2007-10-04 21:05:53
26.   Kevin Lewis
Oh, I heard Heroes episode two was much better. Should I give it another try?
2007-10-05 06:35:07
27.   Jon Weisman
26 - It was better, yes.

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