Pushing Daisies Season 2

Saturday, 16 May 2009 14:06

Pushing Daisies will, in years to come, be seen to have all the characteristics of a legitimate ‘Cult TV’ series.  For those who understood the premise, ‘got it’ if you like, the total of 22 episodes over a pair of contracted American television seasons will be a small return for a show that was quirky and different.

The Season Two DVD collection, out now from Warner Home Video, does have one thing about it which most short-run Cult series never had – an ending. A resolution to the major plotlines (although as some fans have been quick to point out not ALL of them).  Clearly, come episode 22, the writing was on the wall for the series.  The ratings collapsed Stateside for the second season – indeed the final three episodes are only going to be screened in the USA over the next few weeks – they actually made their debut in the UK before they went out in their home country.


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“I make pies and wake the dead”

Presented in a visually stunning, storybook style, the second run of Pushing Daisies follows the whimsical love story between Ned and Chuck. You can catch up with the first run via our article here.  In this season, Ned and Chuck's relationship begins to change as Chuck yearns for more independence and moves out of Ned's apartment - without Ned's support.

Pushing Daisies Season 2 DVDOlive Snook, the waitress at Ned's Pie Hole with the loaded gun of secrets, cracks under the pressure of keeping the deep, dark secret of Chuck's eye patch–wearing, drink-swilling Aunt Lily - that Lily is actually Chuck's mother - and runs off to a nunnery. Digby the dog gets a new friend when Pigby, a truffle-hunting sow, moves in. Vivian, Chuck's other aunt and Lily's sister - together, the two make up the famed ‘Darling Mermaid Darlings’ synchronized swimming team - tries to keep Lily's spirits up. And the sudden appearance of mysterious Dwight Dixon, who is an old friend of Ned's and Chuck's fathers, spells trouble for everyone!

Nominated for twelve Prime Time Emmy® Awards its first season, the visually stunning Pushing Daisies is an unprecedented blend of romance, crime procedure and high-concept fantasy. This forensic fairytale stars Emmy® and Golden Globe® nominee Lee Pace as Ned, a young man with a very special gift. The series also stars Golden Globe® nominee Anna Friel, Chi McBride and Tony nominee Ellen Greene, the Emmy® and Tony Award winner Swoosie Kurtz and Emmy® nominee and Tony Award winner Kristin Chenoweth.

In addition to its many Emmy® Award nominations in its first season, Pushing Daisies received a Golden Globe® Award nomination for Best Television Series, Musical or a Comedy, and was nominated for Outstanding New Programme of the Year by the Television Critics Association.

Unlike the extremely ‘vanilla’ first season UK DVD release, we do have a selection of extras, in the form of a handful of featurettes, to give you more than just the final 13 episodes.  These special features are as follows:

“The Master Pie Maker” (12 minutes) - A beginner’s glimpse into the world of Pushing Daisies. Creator Bryan Fuller takes viewers through the creative process from make-cup, to casting and the making of some incredible props.

“From Oven to Table” (5 minutes) – A behind-the-scenes expose, with make-up Department Head, Todd McIntosh, showing how they make people die in Pushing Daisies – one of the most challenging being to have a lady lighthouse dweller being made to look like a fried egg (courtesy of a yellow hat and white raincoat!). This is from the episode “The Legend of Merle McQuoddy” (aka “Lighthouse”).

“Secret Sweet Ingredients” (7 minutes) - Composer Jim Dooley takes viewers into the studio and on a musical adventure, revealing the musical secrets that go into Pushing Daisies.

“Add a Little Magic” (4 minutes) - Visual Effects team William Powloski and Elizabeth Castro talk us through the incredible special effects in Season Two, with a focus on bringing a CGI rhino to life.

All in all, a much better release than season one, and a worthy way to remember a series that was as colourful and memorable as the Adam West 1960s Batman series.

Pushing Daisies: The Complete Second Season DVD set is available from Warner Home Video from 25 May 2009 – including subtitles in English (for the hearing impaired) and in Dutch - retailing for £29.99, or less from www.culttvstore.com.

And YOU could have won gargantuan goodies in our exclusive prize competition. 

The star prize was a Pushing Daisies Crew shirt (size Large) from creator Bryan Fuller’s own collection plus a DVD set of the second season and signed images from Anna Friel and creator Bryan Fuller. There were also two ‘runner up’ packs of the DVDs and signed images. Bryan’s wish was that these items should go to people in the Cult TV community, as he believes they will be looked after by whoever wins them – and how right he is!  You can see an image of the prizes at the top of the page.

To have been in with a chance to win of these three sets of prizes, you had to tell us the answer to the following question: Which star of Third Rock from the Sun guest-starred in the episodeBZZZZZZZZZ!”?  The answer was FRENCH STEWART, and the winner of the star prize was Harry Prophet of Dundee.  The runners-up prizes went to Beverley Kerry of Ilkeston and Roman Krause of Rugby.  Well done all!

 

 

Season Two Episode Guide

Lee Pace as Ned

Anna Friel as Charlotte 'Chuck' Charles

Chi McBride as Emerson Cod

Ellen Greene as Vivian

Swoosie Kurtz as Lily

Kristin Chenoweth as Olive Snook

Jim Dale as The Narrator

 

Episode 10: "BZZZZZZZZZ!"

Chuck goes undercover as a "Bee Girl" at a honey-based cosmetics company after their new spokes-model (AUTUMN REESER - The O.C.) is stung to death. Chuck soon discovers that office politics are killer -- literally -- between the founder, Betty Bee (the iconic MISSI PYLE - Boston Legal, Heroes) and the new owner, Woolsey Nicholls (FRENCH STEWART - 3rd Rock from the Sun, The Closer). Meanwhile, Ned can't stand Chuck's growing independence -- or the fact that she wants to move out of his apartment. And Lily spirits Olive off to a nunnery so she won't spill Lily's deep, dark secret.

 

Episode 11: “CIRCUS, CIRCUS”

Emerson takes on the case of a rather insistent woman who left him with no choice but to find her missing daughter, Nikki (guest star HAYLEY MCFARLAND). With no dead body as lead, the trio takes Nikki’s best friend in the Pie Hole for questioning. Nikki apparently had dreams of becoming a star so she ran away from home to join her boyfriend, a mime. This information led them to discover the mime who they found dead inside his van. Further investigation led them to discover a clown car swallowed into the lake, with all its passengers in it.

 

Episode 12: “BAD HABBITS”

Chuck, Emerson and Ned go undercover as a Catholic nun and priests and pass themselves off as investigators from the Vatican to help Olive prove that her best pal at the nunnery, Sister Larue (MO COLLINS – MAD tv), didn't kill herself, but was actually murdered.

 

Episode 13: "FRESCORTS"

When the most popular escort at a rent-a-friend agency turns up dead, the team investigates who killed him, including his antisocial, taxidermy-loving roommate and likely suspect, Randy Mann (DAVID ARQUETTE – he of the "Scream" films and "Hamlet 2"). Meanwhile, Emerson's famed private investigator mom, Calista Cod (DEBRA MOONEY - Everwood, Boston Legal, The Practice), pays an unexpected visit.

 

Episode 14: "DIM SUM LOSE SOME"

Ned is startled when a mysterious man, Dwight Dixon (recurring guest star STEPHEN ROOT – “News Radio”, “Leatherheads”, The West Wing, King of the Hill), appears at the diner claiming to be an old friend and associate of his father's -- and asks for Ned's help in finding him. Meanwhile, Emerson investigates a murder at a dim sum restaurant and reunites with Simone (CHRISTINE ADAMS - "Home Again", "NY-LON", Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip), the polygamist's widow and dog obedience trainer who once caught his eye.

 

Episode 15: "OH OH OH, IT'S MAGIC"

Ned reluctantly agrees to help "The Great Herrmann" (FRED WILLARD - Back to You, Everybody Loves Raymond), a famed magician whose animal assistants are being mysteriously killed off. The magician has been a surrogate dad to Ned's half brothers ever since their father walked out on them. Meanwhile, Dwight Dixon (STEPHEN ROOT) insinuates himself into the aunts' lives, but Lily is instantly suspicious of his motives.

 

Episode 16: "ROBBING HOOD"

Ned, Chuck and Emerson investigate the case of a dead millionaire (SHELLEY BERMAN - Boston Legal, Curb Your Enthusiasm) who may have been murdered by his much younger money-grubbing widow (JENNIFER ELISE COX - Six Feet Under, Nip/Tuck) ... or a latter-day Robin Hood (DANNY COMDEN - Dirt). Meanwhile, Lily fumes as the suspicious Dwight Dixon (STEPHEN ROOT) begins romancing a clueless Vivian.

 

Episode 17:  "COMFORT FOOD"

Chuck turns to Emerson for help in dealing with the consequences of her actions, while Ned and Olive compete at a comfort food cook-off that turns deadly when a chef is found deep fried and dead. STEPHEN ROOT appears as Dwight Dixon.

 

Episode 18: "THE LEGEND OF MERLE MCQUODDY"

As Ned and Chuck deal with the traumatic return of someone from their past, Emerson, assisted by Olive, investigates the odd death of lighthouse keeper Nora McQuoddy (KRISTEN OLSON), whose murder could expose some of Papen County's stranger secrets. MARY KAY PLACE (Big Love, Mary Hartman, Mary Hartman) guest stars as Annabelle Vandersloop.

 

Episode 19: "THE NORWEGIANS"

When Emerson turns down Vivian's request to look into the sudden disappearance of Dwight Dixon (STEPHEN ROOT), she turns to another team of private investigators, lead by Emerson's bitter rival, Magnus Olsdatter (ORLANDO JONES – MAD tv). Magnus and his cohorts are relentless Norwegian gumshoes, ejected from their own country, and their snooping may reveal all of Ned's and Chuck's secrets. IVANA MILICEVIC (Chuck, Ugly Betty) and MICHAEL WEAVER ("Super Troopers," "Notes from the Underbelly") also guest star.

 

Episode 20: “WINDOW DRESSED TO KILL”

The team take on the case of a famed window dresser Erin Embry (RACHEL CANNON - Samantha Who?) who may or may not have been done in by her partner. However, Ned discovers he’s unable to help when his life-restoring ability fizzles out on him. Meanwhile, Lily and Vivian receive visitors.

 

Episode 21: “WATER AND POWER”

Emerson’s old flame offers a bit of quid pro quo in return for proving her innocence in the murder of the owner of the Papen County Dam, who Emerson despises. Meanwhile, Olive takes a liking to Randy Mann (DAVID ARQUETTE), the taxidermist and former client of My Best Friend, Inc.

 

Episode 22: “KERPLUNK”

In this series finale, Vivian is devastated by her lover’s betrayal and decides to cocoon herself by answering 37 year old fan mail. When the Darling Mermaid Darlings arch rivals the Aqua Dolls (WENDIE MAKICK AND NORA DUNN) are killed, Lily and Vivian come out of retirement. Ned poses as their manager and Olive as their stylist.

 

 

Cast and Producer Biographies

 

LEE PACE (Ned)

Lee Pace stars in the highly acclaimed series "Pushing Daisies" as Ned, a young man with a very special gift. The role of Ned was written expressly for Pace by executive producer Bryan Fuller, and Pace was nominated for an Emmy® Award as Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series for his performance. Pace was also nominated for a 2007 Golden Globe® Award for the role.

Pace previously starred on television as Aaron Tyler, the older brother of a young woman who takes advice from inanimate objects in the cult series Wonderfalls, created by Fuller and Todd Holland.

In theatres, Pace recently starred alongside Amy Adams and Frances McDormand in Bharat Nalluri's "Miss Pettigrew Lives for a Day." He also starred as stuntman Roy Walker/The Black Bandit in Tarsem's epic fantasy "The Fall," and co-starred opposite Matt Damon in Robert De Niro's CIA drama "The Good Shepherd," which centres on the formation of the Central Intelligence Agency. Pace also played Dick Hickcock in "Infamous", Doug McGrath's take on Truman Capote's chronicle of the Clutter family murders that featured Toby Jones, Sandra Bullock and Daniel Craig. Pace also stars opposite Sarah Michelle Gellar in Joel Bergvall's "Posession".

Pace received a Gotham Award, Golden Globe and Independent Spirit award nominations for his performance as nightclub performer Calpernia Adams in Frank Pierson's "Soldier's Girl". Other motion picture credits also include James Ivory's "The White Countess" with Ralph Fiennes and Natasha Richardson.

A Juilliard School alumnus, Pace began his career on stage. He most recently garnered a 2007 Lucille Lortel Award nomination for Outstanding Leading Actor for the Culture Project's "Guardians", Peter Morris' two character play inspired by the Abu Ghraib scandals. For his performance as a haunted Bosnian economics student/Oedipus in Craig Lucas' "Small Tragedy" (a play within a play, directed by Mark Wing-Davey for Playwrights Horizons), Pace received his first Lucille Lortel Award nomination for Outstanding Actor and shared an Obie Award with the ensemble. He also portrayed a gangster in Janusz Glowacki's "The Fourth Sister", directed by Lisa Peterson at the Vineyard Theatre, and a painter whose obsession with a French artist sends his life into a tailspin, in the Playwrights Horizons production of Keith Bunin's "The Credeaux Canvas", directed by Michael Mayer.

 

ANNA FRIEL (Chuck)

Anna stars in Pushing Daisies as Charlotte "Chuck" Charles, Ned's sunny childhood sweetheart who is given a second chance at life. For her portrayal, Friel received a 2007 Golden Globe® Award nomination for Best Performance by an Actress in a Television Series, Musical or Comedy.

Anna has garnered awards and critical acclaim on both sides of the Atlantic. She will be seen on-screen in the upcoming "Land of the Lost" and recently starred as the legendary Countess Elizabeth Bathory, reported to be the greatest murderess in history. "Bathory" was a long and arduous but highly rewarding shoot in and around the Czech Republic and the beautiful castles of Eastern Europe.

The first half of 2005 kept Friel busy in the UK filming the first in the popular film series "Goal!", before giving birth to a beautiful baby daughter, Gracie Ellen Mary, with her partner, actor David Thewlis. Next, "Goal II: Living the Dream" beckoned, and Friel returned to work in Spain in the autumn, bringing baby Gracie to her first film set. Friel also starred opposite Rob Lowe in the romantic comedy TV movie "Perfect Strangers", won over audiences as defence attorney Megan Delaney in Barry Levinson's gritty courtroom drama "The Jury", played a heroin addict in Gary Yates' film "Niagara Motel", and appeared as Eddie Griffin's melodic Irish sweetheart in the feature "Irish Jam". Anna is also featured in a highly successful campaign for Pantene in the UK.

Born in North West England to parents who were language teachers, Anna grew up speaking fluent French. She first joined Oldham Theatre Workshop in 1989, performing in numerous productions in theatres across England. The following year she was cast on the BBC series "In Their Shoes", and also starred in Alan Bleasdale's critically acclaimed miniseries "G.B.H."

During the next two years, Anna amassed a long string of UK television credits that led to a gritty regular role, that of Beth Jordache, on the phenomenally popular series Brookside. During her last year on Brookside she garnered the coveted National Television Award for Best Actress, after which a number of television performances followed - including her depiction of Bella Wilfer opposite Steven Mackintosh in Charles Dickens' "Our Mutual Friend".

In 1995, Anna made her first foray into the world of feature film with Stephen Poliakoff's movie "The Tribe", opposite Joely Richardson and Jeremy Northam. Other films followed, including "The Stringer", "The Land Girls" with Rachel Weisz and Catherine McCormack, "Rogue Trader" with Ewan McGregor, "A Midsummer Night's Dream" with Kevin Kline and Michelle Pfeiffer, plus "Sunset Strip" and "Watermelon".

In 1997, Anna returned to the stage at the Almeida Theatre in "Look Europe!" with Harold Pinter. Two years later she starred on Broadway in Patrick Marber's "Closer" alongside Ciaran Hinds, Rupert Graves and Natasha Richardson, and was honoured with a Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Featured Actress in a Play, as well as a Special Achievement Award for an Ensemble Performance. Friel also starred in the London stage play "Lulu" at the Almeida, for which she received the Helen Hayes Award for Outstanding Lead Actress in 2002.

 

CHI McBRIDE (Emerson)

Chi McBride stars in Pushing Daisies as Emerson Cod, the morally ambivalent private investigator who partners with Ned.

Chi, a highly respected actor in television and film, appears in "Who Do You Love" - a film based on the life story of Leonard Chess, the founder of Chicago's Chess Records, and the upcoming "Driving Lessons". Chi recently starred in "First Sunday" opposite Ice Cube, Tracy Morgan and Katt Williams, as well as "Brothers Solomon" directed by Bob Odenkirk and starring Will Arnett and Will Forte. Prior to that, he collaborated with Odenkirk and Arnett on "Let's Go to Prison", and starred on the critically acclaimed drama series The Nine.

Chi is probably best known for his five-year run on the critically acclaimed David E Kelley series Boston Public, as Principal Steven Harper. Additional TV roles include a multi-episode arc on House, Bundini Brown in the TV movie "Muhammad Ali: King of the Worl,," plus appearances on Killer Instinct and Deviant Behavior." He's also well known for his role as the wisecracking, philosophical janitor on The John Larroquette Show.

Chi's other feature film credits include "Annapolis" opposite James Franco and Tyrese; "Waiting" opposite Ryan Reynolds; "Roll Bounce" with Bow Wow and Nick Cannon in a film from the producers of "Barber Shop"; Steven Spielberg's "The Terminal" opposite Tom Hanks; "I, Robot," opposite Will Smith; "Narc"; "Paid in Full"; "Undercover Brother" with Eddie Griffin; "Gone in 60 Seconds" opposite Nicholas Cage; "The Kid," co-starring with Bruce Willis; and starring roles in "The Frighteners", "Hoodlum" and "Mercury Rising".

McBride made his feature film debut in "The Distinguished Gentleman" opposite Eddie Murphy, and followed with roles in the Oscar®-nominated "What's Love Got to Do with It" and "The Great White Hype".

 

ELLEN GREENE (Vivian)

For over 30 years, Ellen has been a highly regarded and critically acclaimed actress, singer and performer in theatre, motion pictures and television. She first made a name for herself as a nightclub chanteuse in such Manhattan clubs as The Brothers & Sisters, Grand Finale and Reno Sweeney.

While performing one night to standing ovations at Reno Sweeney, Greene received a telegram on stage from Peter Allen which read: "I hear you're making my cheap music sound good." This marked the beginning of a long and true friendship with Allen. Reno Sweeney bloomed as a New York nightspot, along with Greene's career.

This brought Ellen to her first starring role in Robert Stigwood's "Rachel Lily Rosenbloom (And Don't You Ever Forget It!)" at the age of 21, meshing her acting career with her singing. During her engagement at Reno's, she was cast in the starring role of Chrissy in David Rabe's "In the Boom Boom Room". Joe Papp awarded Ellen the role and took her under his wing. Under his tutelage at The New York Shakespeare Festival, her acting career took off. The brilliant reviews she received for her role as Chrissy led director Paul Mazursky to cast her opposite Lenny Baker and Shelley Winters in "Next Stop, Greenwich Village", her first feature film.

That led to the Shakespeare Festival's production of "The Threepenny Opera", where Ellen starred opposite Raul Julia at the Vivian Beaumont in Lincoln Center. She was compared to Martha Graham and received a Tony nomination for her soulful rendition of "Pirate Jenny" in the role originated by Lotte Lenya.

Another theatre with which she had a close relationship was the WPA. There she met Howard Ashman and Alan Menken, leading to a long-lasting friendship. She appeared in Menken's "Weird Romance", Anne Commire's "Starting Monday", and scored a great hit when she originated the lovelorn Audrey in the musical comedy "Little Shop of Horrors".

Ellen received critical acclaim for the stage productions in New York, Los Angeles and London, and starred in the film version of the production, which has gone on to become a cult classic.

Other film credits of Ellen’s include "I'm Dancing as Fast as I Can", "Talk Radio", "Me and Him", "Pump Up the Volume", "Naked Gun 33 1/3: The Final Insult", "Rock-a-Doodle", "Stepping Out", "Wagons East", "The Professional", "Killer: A Journal of Murder", "One Fine Day", "Jaded", "Alex in Wonder" (aka "Sex and a Girl") and "The Cooler". She will also be seen in the upcoming film "Privileged".

Television credits include the miniseries "Seventh Avenue", Rock Follies, Miami Vice, Cybill, Suddenly Susan, The X-Files, Crossing Jordan and Heroes. Ellen received an ACE Award nomination for her role as Sister Ruth, a rock singer turned evangelist, in the HBO miniseries "Glory! Glory!"

She also starred as Kitty Packard in the remake of "Dinner at Eight" in the Hallmark production "Fielder's Choice", and "Mystery Woman: Sing Me a Murder".

 

JIM DALE (The Narrator)

Tony Award winner Jim Dale lends his well-known voice as the Narrator in Pushing Daisies.

Jim was declared "The Toast of Broadway" by the The New York Times for creating the flamboyant title role in the now world-famous Cy Coleman musical "Barnum," for which he won a Tony Award and a Drama Desk Award.

Jim began training for his career at the age of nine - he studied tap dancing, judo, national dancing, ballet and tumbling. He performed in many amateur shows and started to include comedy in his act. At the age of 17, he became the youngest professional comedian in Great Britain, touring all the famous Variety Music Halls.

At the age of 18, Jim joined the Royal Air Force and spent the next two years entertaining troops in England and Germany. At 22, he became the first recording artist under the wing of the now-legendary Sir George Martin, who produced many hit records for him over the next two years.

Jim appeared in and hosted the top pop music show on BBC television - Six-Five Special. He was invited to join BBC radio as a disc jockey, and hosted their number one programme for children, "Saturday Morning Children's Requests", for over a year. In 1966, he was asked to play the clown Autolycus in Shakespeare's "The Winter's Tale" at the Edinburgh Festival. The next year he played Bottom in "A Midsummer Night's Dream" and the title role in "Scapino".

In films, Jim can be seen in "The National Health", "Joseph Andrews", "The Spaceman and King Arthur", "Hot Lead and Cold Feet", "Pete's Dragon", "Adolf Hitler: My Part in His Downfall", "Lock Up Your Daughters", "Scandalous", "The Winter's Tale", "Digby – The Biggest Dog in the World", "The Hunchback" and eleven films in the "Carry On" series.

Jim received an Academy Award® nomination for writing the lyrics to "Georgy Girl" and has written songs for such films as "Shalako", "A Winter's Tale", "Twinky" and "Joseph Andrews".  He has also recorded all of the audiobooks in the Harry Potter series, among others, and was recognised by The Queen for his work in promoting English children's literature.

 

SWOOSIE KURTZ (Lily)

Swoosie Kurtz stars in Pushing Daisies as Lily, Chuck's eye patch–wearing, drink swilling aunt and Vivian's sister - and one-half of the famed Darling Mermaid Darlings synchronized swimming team.

Kurtz's work has spanned stage, screen and television. She will next be seen in the upcoming TV movie "Living Proof", and will star in the upcoming feature "An Englishman in New York" opposite John Hurt.

Kurtz has received ten Emmy® Award nominations and a Golden Globe® nomination for her performances in Huff, ER, And the Band Played On, Sisters, Love, Sidney, HBO's "Baja, Oklahoma" and "The Image". She won the Emmy for "Carol and Company". Other memorable television work includes "The Positively True Adventures of the Alleged Texas Cheerleader-Murdering Mom", "One Christmas" with Katherine Hepburn, "More Tales of the City" and Lost.

Kurtz has played a wide range of roles in feature films that include "Citizen Ruth", "Liar Liar", "Duplex", "Bubble Boy", "Cruel Intentions", "Rules of Attraction", "Dangerous Liaisons", "Reality Bites", "The World According to Garp", "Against All Odds", "Bright Lights, Big City", "True Stories", "Stanley and Iris" and "A Shock to the System".

Recently on Broadway, Kurtz was nominated for a Tony Award for her performance in "Heartbreak House". Previously, she received nominations for the Tony and Outer Critics Circle Awards for "Frozen". She played Lillian Hellman in Nora Ephron's "Imaginary Friends", and was honoured with Tony Awards for her performances in John Guare's "The House of Blue Leaves" and Lanford Wilson's "Fifth of July", for which she also received the Drama Desk Award and the Outer Critics Circle Award, Broadway's "Triple Crown". She earned the Drama Desk and the Obie Award for Wendy Wasserstein's "Uncommon Women and Others", a Drama Desk Award for Christopher Durang's "A History of American Film" and a Tony nomination for "Tartuffe". Off-Broadway she was a member of the original three-women cast of "The Vagina Monologues". At the Roundabout, Kurtz played both the title roles of identical twins in Pulitzer Prize–winning playwright Paula Vogel's "The Mineola Twins". For this critically acclaimed performance, she won her third Obie Award.

 

KRISTIN CHENOWETH  (Olive)

Kristin Chenoweth stars in Pushing Daisies as Olive Snook, the waitress at Ned's pie shop with a loaded gun of secrets. Chenoweth was nominated for an Emmy® Award for her performance, for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series.

Kristin moves between stage, television and film, and acting and singing. She will release a solo Christmas album, "A Lovely Way to Spend Christmas" in October 2009. Indeed, listen out for her own version of The Bangles’ “Eternal Flame” within Pushing Daisies. She has also written an uplifting candid chronicle of her life, released by Simon & Schuster with the title “A Little Bit Wicked: Life, Love, and Faith in Stages”.

She starred in "Stairway to Paradise", an original Encores! Production celebrating the great Broadway revue. Commemorating the centennial anniversary of the first Ziegfeld Follies, Kristin concluded New York City Center's 2007 season with beloved Broadway numbers from the early 20th century.

Kristin starred in the critically successful and highly lauded limited engagement of "The Apple Tree" at Roundabout Theatre Company's Studio 54. She also had the honour of playing a sold-out solo concert at the famed Metropolitan Opera House.

Many remember Chenoweth's show-stealing, Tony Award–winning performance in "You're A Good Man, Charlie Brown" and her triumphant star turn when she originated the role of Glinda the Good Witch in "Wicked", which earned her a Tony Award nomination. Kristin also performed in the Broadway comedy “Epic Proportions” and in the Kander and Ebb musical "Steel Pier", for which she won a Theatre World Award. Chenoweth also performed in an Off-Broadway production of Moliere's "Scapin" for the Roundabout Theatre Company.

Television fans are familiar with Chenoweth as Annabeth Schott on The West Wing, the librarian, Marian Paroo, in Meredith Wilson's TV movie version of "The Music Man", and Lily St Regis in the television adaptation of "Annie". She also starred in her own television series, Kristin.

Moviegoers have seen her star in "Deck the Halls" with Danny DeVito and Matthew Broderick, "RV" with Robin Williams, "Bewitched" with Nicole Kidman, "Running with Scissors" with Annette Bening and "The Pink Panther" with Steve Martin. Her film credits also include a cameo in "Stranger than Fiction" with Emma Thompson. Kristin is currently developing a feature film based on the life of Dusty Springfield.

A veteran of the concert scene, Kristin took the stage in a solo sold-out concert at Carnegie Hall in 2004 and continues to tour the country. She performed her solo concert at Sam Mendes's acclaimed Donmar Warehouse as part of the "Divas at Donmar" series. The show received glowing reviews. Following her show in London, Chenoweth has had numerous collaborations with various symphonies, including the New York Philharmonic, Boston Pops, National Symphony Orchestra, Chicago Symphony and the San Francisco Symphony.

 

BRYAN FULLER (Creator/Executive Producer)

Bryan Fuller, creator, writer and executive producer of Pushing Daisies was nominated for an Emmy® Award for Outstanding Writing for a Comedy Series for his work.

Fuller began his career as a writer for Star Trek: Deep Space Nine and went on to write and produce the series Star Trek: Voyager. In addition to Pushing Daisies, he created Dead Like Me and Wonderfalls, the latter with Todd Holland. Bryan also served as writer and co-executive producer on the hit series Heroes. His other work includes "The Amazing Screw-On Head" and the television film "Carrie", which he executive produced and wrote the teleplay for.

 

 

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