The facts are these:
Soon, the TV world will not have Ned the Pie Maker or the dysfunctional Darlings or Eli Stone/George Michael.
ABC President of Entertainment Steve McPherson broke the news Thursday afternoon that the network was giving up on three sophomore shows, “Pushing Daisies,” “Dirty Sexy Money” and “Eli Stone.” Although McPherson never uttered the words “You’re canceled” to producers, the message was clear to the cast and crews: They had been dumped. The network is not ordering more episodes of the three series, though it will complete production and air all produced episodes of each.
Behind the scenes, ABC officials insisted “the door was still open” on all three shows, but those who toiled on the shows began the process of letting go.
McPherson “was very complimentary and thanked everyone for putting their first foot forward,” “Daisies” creator Bryan Fuller said. “He never said we’re canceled, but that was the gist of it. He said they’re proud of the show and not ordering episodes at this time.
Of all of the shows I watch on my eight channels, “Pushing Daisies” was the only show I watched on ABC. No, I don’t drink the Kool-Aid that makes Lost ZOMG WKD! and none of those ridiculous prime-time soaps like “Desperate House Wives” and “Grey’s Anatomy” are worth my time. I don’t get wrapped up in the contrived foibles of characters who thrive on controversy and ratings. It’s as bad as County General getting shut down every season due to a bomb threat or the HAZMAT team getting called out because someone sneezed all over an open smallpox vial. Again.
Come to think of it, I don’t watch anything on NBC, either. All thirty incarnations of “Law and Order” are the kind of mindless television pap that reminds me of why I took up knitting in the first place. I could knit or crochet a few rows, lose track of the plot, and not once be afraid I missed something important. I gave up on “Heroes” when it decided after spend an entire summer marketing campaign hyping the villains, the banality of the “heroes” was more exciting.
I’m wrong – I watch Chuck, but considering all of the funny creative shows are getting canceled, I’m sure it’s not far behind.
I don’t watch “Dancing With The Stars” because it’s based on popularity and how much free time and unlimited texting some idiot has with a cellphone. Really – Cloris Leachman survived *that* long? Excuse me while I run to the roof to yell *FIX*
So now the story of Ned the Pieman, the girl he loves but cannot touch, and the quirky emergence of the aunts, once called The Darling Mermaid Darlings, may be moved to comic book form – and I’m sorry if I’m not jumping up and down about that one. I didn’t jump on the bandwagon when Buffy went to comics, and I won’t be following Daisies. To me it isn’t the same, my apologies to my comic-writing friends.
I suppose it’s a blessing underneath all of that woe. I should be watching less and less of television, and if they keep canceling the shows I want to watch, I’ll get my wish.