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Many “Pushing Daisies” fans were left with only a small taste of the sweetness and richness that made up the crazy world of magical pie baker Ned and his resurrected childhood sweetheart Chuck because ABC played only a few episodes of the second season before cancelling the show completely. Would Chuck and Ned be able to continue their chaste ways, since any physical contact will cause Chuck’s demise? Will Chuck’s aunts learn the truth about Chuck and will one of the aunts finally admit she isn’t Chuck’s aunt at all but actually Chuck’s mother? Fortunately, “Pushing Daisies” fans have to wait no longer to find out.
ABC promised to burn off the remaining few episodes this summer, but they didn’t show up anywhere on my ABC network affiliate. I went to the ABC website and I couldn’t find the final episodes there for viewing either. (Yes, ABC, I realize “Wipe Out” is the kind of inexpensive show you’re making big bucks off of, but couldn’t you show “Daisies” even a little love and put it on your website?) Fortunately, the entire second season is being released on DVD this week and the final missing episodes are already available for purchase on iTunes.

Watching the final episodes was a bittersweet experience because they are some of the strongest of the entire series. The zany murder mysteries reached new creative heights and hinted at where the show could have gone in the future. The trilogy of episodes also filled in a great deal of back story surrounding Olive as well as Chuck’s aunts, and did so in the show’s trademark warmth and charm. The sad news is, of course, that the writers and producers didn’t know that the show was going to be cancelled so they didn’t try to wrap up certain storylines, plot points like solving the dilemma of bringing Chuck and Ned together physically as well as emotionally.
Maybe it’s for the best, since “Daisies” fans can create their own happily-ever-after ending since true fans have already had enough disappointment with trying to follow this show. After all, we all know that when ABC cancelled the show it became the symbol of the beginning of the end of quality, risk-taking, major network television, leaving “The Bachelorette,” “Dating in the Dark,” and “Shark Tank” in its wake.
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