Pushing Daisies (ABC)
Premiered October 3 at 9pm
This is one of the most highly talked-about new series. Early ads made it look remarkably similar to “Desperate Housewives,” but with a slightly more gender-neutral edge. It is certainly a fascinating series, with blinding neon colors and a great fantasy feel to it. The premise is quite intriguing, and it is executed to great effect. What is weird is that Ned profits off of his power, working in cahoots with a greedy cop, rather than doing it just for the good of everyone. I do love the saving of his childhood crush Chuck, and their romance with the kissing monkey statuettes and the simultaneously grasped hands is beyond endearing. Lee Pace was far more energetic when he was trying to talk to salt shakers on “Wonderfalls,” and while he is still likeable, it would nice to see him become just a tad more excitable. Kristen Chenoweth is a lot of fun as a waitress who really wants to get her hands on Ned. The rest of the cast, including an eternally sarcastic Chi McBride, is perfectly fine. What this show lacks is some grounding element, because it weaves between real life with murders and cops galore and this colorful fantasy world too often without determining where it really exists. The narrator, who many might find annoying, is not crucial but does not hurt the show’s flow and quality. What is certain, however, is this show has got to have the best cinematic pie shop since “Waitress.”
How will it work as a series? Oh, it should be fantastic. It will only get more interesting as the characters develop and the non-touching (but otherwise touching for viewers to see) relationship between Ned and Chuck grows over time.
How long will it last? Go ahead and check this one off for a second season renewal right now.
Pilot grade: B