While we knew that Pushing Daisies had fallen towards the wayside (it was, perhaps, inevitable) the real punch in the gut came Wednesday night at 8, when there was no Ned, Chuck, Emerson Cod or Olive on ABC. Instead they reaired Scrubs, which is hard to get mad at them for since we love Scrubs and missed the premiere, but still — what the hell ABC, what the hell? There are only three episodes left, including a finale reworked to bring us some closure (it’s titled Kerplunk and one hopes that the childhood game makes an appearance) just dump and burn, right? Not so much. This just means we’ll have to wait for the summer, the traditional dump and burn season, right? Not so much. Matt Aussiello breaks our hearts.
Actually, at this point, we’ll be lucky if they air at all. Episode 11 of Daisies was originally scheduled to air tonight, but, per Bryan Fuller, the network dropped it from the schedule at the last minute. “They are not scheduled to air right now,” he sighs, “and that’s all we know.” Let’s have a round of applause for network TV!
I mean, sure, most shows can defecate better ratings than Pushing Daisies, which has a tendency to come in last for its timeslot and really fail with 18-49 year old men. It broke no higher than a 2.0/6 rating/share, with the last episode, Norwegians, clocking in at 1.6/5 that a repeat airing of Scrubs equalled. Still, just three episodes? Burn’em off right before February Sweeps? There is no solid business case here, just the longing of hearts. Fuller sighed, how can one be so cold hearted as to not air the coda to his whimsical masterpiece? Alas, ABC treats us like a jilted lover and rebuffs us with a simple shrugs and moves on. Start saving money for the Season 2 DVDs (or Blu-Rays, if you’re classy) since it’s likely the only way we’ll know how anything ends at the Pie Hole.