Fuller's Obsession With Death Leads to 'Pushing Daisies'

By Michelle
March 21, 2007 - 10:29 PM

Onetime Voyager writer Bryan Fuller is developing a new supernatural pilot for ABC called Pushing Daisies.

"It's about a pie maker who can touch dead things and bring them back to life," Fuller explained in an interview cited by Sci Fi Wire. "He touches a dead person once, and they come back to life, and then if he touches them a second time, they go back to being dead, and he can never bring them back. And he touches a dead girl, falls in love with her and can't ever touch her again."

Fuller - who also created Dead Like Me and Wonderfalls and writes for NBC's Heroes - described the show as a romantic comedy. The pilot will be directed by Men in Black's Barry Sonnenfeld and narrated by Jim Dale, who reads the US editions of the Harry Potter audiobooks. "He narrates it like it's very much a fairy tale," Fuller explained. "It's a lot of fun. We're halfway through filming right now."

"I think the whole death thing — talking about or examining death — is a really good way to examine life," added Fuller, who admitted to being obsessed with death, as his previous shows have suggested. "When I was a kid, my happiest memories were going to funerals...they were always very happy occasions," he recalled. Pushing Daisies will be "very quirky and weird...a very heightened reality."

The Futon Critic lists the cast members as Anna Friel, Chi McBride, Kristin Chenoweth, Lee Pace and Swoosie Kurtz.

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