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Bryan Fuller Gives a Preview of Pushing Daisies Season Two

Published October 2, 2008 in Television
By Fred Topel | Image property of ABC
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Pushing Daisies fans have waited a long time to see new episodes, since the first season was cut short after only nine. Creator and producer Bryan Fuller promises more fun for patient fans as the new season begins.

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"One of the fun things about the show is we get to go to different worlds every week," said Fuller. "The first five episodes that we're shooting we're all really proud of because we've got this fantastic bee world. We've got a circus. We've got a nunnery. We've got this frescort service. We've got a dim sum restaurant so it's all kind of these places that you don't really get to go on a lot of other shows."

Each of these worlds presents their own mystery cases, but each episode also forwards the love story. "What we're looking at with the episodes is that we're kind of creating mini-arcs, so the first four episodes are a mini arc that kind of we see Olive go off to the nunnery and that creates not a ricochet but a snowball effect for the other characters. We see Chuck realizing that she hasn't had this life and she wants to move out. How does the pie maker react to that, realizing that if she gets out into the world that she could be exposed and he could be exposed? Also he's a very sensitive guy who likes his world just so and she's somebody who needs to see as much of the world as possible and we're going to be getting into that conflict a little bit more. We really want to look at those characters as Chuck and Ned against the world, as opposed to Chuck and Ned against each other. That's not to say that they're not going to have those bumps along the way."



There are plenty of tensions to go around, so Ned and Chuck won't always have all the burden. "We have Olive carrying a nasty secret, Lily feeling guilty about that secret and we're going to see all the repercussions of those secrets. The secrets are that Lily is Chuck's mother which we all know, so we're going to see how that blows up, how Chuck discovers it and we're going to see some big changes in Chuck and Ned's lives and her wanting to venture out and create a life for herself that she didn't actually get to lead."

Fans can expect the same surreal experience as last year. No network notes have sanitized Pushing Daisies. "Well, it's a broadcast network so they want us to reach as broad an audience as possible but I think looking at the episodes that we're doing, that there really isn't a big change tonally. Their concern is just getting out and getting an audience. So however we do that, they gave us a lot of trust and a lot of leeway in how to accomplish that. I think looking at the first few episodes, there's a lot of crazy sh*t happening."

Pushing Daisies airs Wednesdays on ABC.
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