Pushing Daisies… I wish it was

by Lynn Connolly

The second series of Pushing Daisies was on ITV last night, and I have to wonder why on earth ITV bought the rights to the second series? It’s absolute tripe.

I watched two episodes of series one because I was interested to see if it lived up to the hype it’d been given at the time, and it didn’t then and it’s even worse now.

Last night’s episode was one of thirteen and was entitled Bzzzzzzz! It centred around the story of a woman who died following a bee attack so Chuck and Ned investigated when her husband hired them to get to the bottom of the case…

In the end – after extremely stupid and confusing surrealism – we learned that the new head of the company had the woman in question killed because she was attempting to sabotage the enterprise.

Sub-plots included Olive being consumed by guilt and over the secrets she knows but can’t tell, namely that Chuck is alive and that Lily is Chuck’s mother. As a result, she quit her job, left her apartment and Lily sent her off to a nunnery in order to get some peace and quiet.

When Lily went to visit Olive there, another secret was revealed; Lily dropped Chuck off at this same nunnery years ago… and Lily had an affair with Vivian’s fiance. The result? Chuck.

Meanwhile, Chuck, having never lived alone, moved into Olive’s apartment. Ned was initially opposed to the idea, but he later realised how important it was to Chuck to be independent of him.

The episode ended with the narrator telling us a certain person is still alive; Chuck’s father was then seen, from the back view, inside The Pie Hole.

It took every atom of self-control to not turn over within two minutes of this episode starting. What is hailed by some as being dark irony and fable-like storytelling for me was simply bilge. Nonsensical bilge at that.

I absolutely don’t understand how this show has achieved cult status. That said, it’s now not nearly as popular in the States as it was when it first aired. Pushing Daisies started its second season in the US with 6.3 million viewers, which is considerably less than the first series which averaged 13 million at the beginning and 6.8 million for the last show of series one.

The sooner it’s gone from our screens the better!

Lynn is an editor and writer here at Unreality TV and is trained psychotherapist and the author of two books. She's addicted to soaps, period drama and reality TV shows such as X Factor, I'm A Celeb and Big Brother.