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Saturday, November 22, 2008

The Facts Are These

by folkbum

Apparently, ABC--like FOX and Showtime before it--has decided that Bryan Fuller's twisted sensibilities have no place on television. Sadly, I enjoy those sensibilities more than just about anything else on TV in recent years.

The present victim is "Pushing Daisies," which is as fun an hour of TV as I've seen in many years. Like "Wonderfalls" and "Dead Like Me," the two previous victims, it takes place in a world just different enough from our own to be familiar, though with bizarre supernatural tendencies. Actually, the tone of "Daisies" leans significantly more toward the odd, which might be part of why normal people like you won't watch it. I, however, will miss it dearly when its gone.

It's even more frustrating, in fact: Last year, the strike-shortened season meant a promising sub-plot involving Paul Reubens (playing, fittingly, a sewer-dwelling necrophile) was simply abandoned. This year, the writers were developing a couple of other plots--one involving a long-lost daughter and one involving a long-lost father--that also seem like they will be left without resolution.

Well, at least "Reaper" will be back soon.

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