While ABC has not made an official statement yet, several sources are confirming that ABC has pulled the plug on Pushing Daisies including EOnline.com's Kristin Dos who has been in direct contact with Brian Fuller. The show has been on the bubble almost since it premiered this season because of its slumping ratings with this past Wednesday's airing pulling its lowest numbers so far. According to Brian Fuller, ABC President Steve McPherson pushed hard for a renewal, but parent company Disney was unwilling to greenlight additional episodes. Fuller has claimed that he is not too upset at this point over the cancellation and that he is proud of the twenty two episodes they have completed. He also plans to wrap up the storylines that will be left hanging after the cliffhanger thirteenth episode in comic books and that he is also preparing a pitch for a possible big screen continuation of the franchise. (And the good news for Heroes fans is that the cancellation will likely lead to his return to that NBC series).
While I understand that the sinking ratings drove the ultimate decision to cancel the show, I wish that ABC would have allowed them to at least do a two-hour wrap up movie. This would make future DVD packages more appealing (providing a more satisfying conclusion), and possibly pave the wave for additional television movies. I figure the chances of a big screen version of Pushing Daises actually coming to fruition are slim, as Hollywood would be reluctant to pour money into a project based on a failed television series. Sure, Joss Whedon continued Firefly on the big screen, but that movie was not considered a success by Hollywood standards and will likely deter similar ventures in that direction.
Also, I don't see another network trying to acquire Pushing Daisies as it does not fit well on cable networks like the Sci Fi Channel, TNT, or Lifetime. ABC Family would have been the most likely choice (it would have paired up well with The Middleman which itself is still in limbo), but I don't know if that channel could foot the budget. At this point, it seems that any continuation beyond a comic book series is unlikely seeing as Fuller is resigned to its fate and will likely soon be very busy working on Heroes.
Unless I hear of a strong push to lobby ABC for a TV movie finale or a strong possibility that the show could move to another network, I figure that there is no reason to continue with the daisy shipments. I have about $65 in remaining donations which I will donate to a charity. All of us fans should be proud of our efforts. We did a hell of a job sending the message that we love Pushing Daisies to ABC with the daisies, seeds, pies, letters, etc. Unfortunately, cold, hard business decisions ruled at the end of day.
I will continue to post updates as I receive new information. I will also keep readers updated on the progress of the comic book series Fuller plans to write. In the mean time, we still have seven more new episodes coming over the next couple of months, so enjoy the show while it is still on the air.
Thank you for all your support,
Paul S. White