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WHV Press Release: Pushing Daisies Season Two (DVD/Blu-ray)


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#1 of 4 Ronald Epstein

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Posted April 01 2009 - 05:55 AM

SEASON TWO OF
PUSHING DAISIES
THE CRITICALLY ACCLAIMED,
EMMY® AWARD-WINNING TELEVISION SERIES
RESURRECTED ON DVD AND BLU-RAY™ HI-DEF
JULY 21, 2009
FROM WARNER HOME VIDEO

Collector’s Set Includes All 13 Episodes
And Never-Before-Seen Bonus Features

BURBANK, CA (April 1, 2009) – The most dazzling flower blooming in the TV-on-DVD landscape this summer promises to be Pushing Daisies, whose second season is set for release July 21, 2009 on both DVD and Blu-ray™ hi-def from Warner Home Video (WHV). Titled Pushing Daisies: The Complete Second Season, this Emmy® Award-winning series follows the unusual story of Ned, a young pie maker who’s able to revive the dead. This DVD will feature all 13 delightful episodes from this clever and imaginative show, as well as a generous helping of never-before-seen bonus features. This release will retail for $39.98 SRP (standard DVD) and $49.99 SRP (Blu-ray).

The plot thickens with a delicious mix of secrets and mysteries in Season Two of Pushing Daisies. Olive Snook (Tony® Award winner Kristin Chenoweth) joins a convent in order to keep Lily’s (Emmy® winner Swoosie Kurtz) secret about Chuck’s (Anna Friel) real birth mother. Chuck becomes more independent and moves out of Ned’s (Lee Pace) apartment. Ned learns he has identical twin half-brothers and also receives news of his estranged father. Detective Emerson Cod (Chi McBride) secretly yearns for his long lost daughter. Chuck does her best to dodge her aunts, Lily and Vivian (Tony® Award nominee Ellen Greene), who don’t know she’s alive. Meanwhile, Lily and Vivian wrangle over a mystery man.

During Season Two, the group’s murder-solving escapades take them to the most unlikely places to solve some of the weirdest cases, including a honey-based cosmetics company where a spokesmodel is found stung to death; a circus where people keep turning up dead; a convent where a truffle-savvy nun is murdered; a Dim Sum restaurant that serves up illegal gambling; a magic castle whose main attraction dies during his act and even a lighthouse to investigate the death of its keeper.

Originally created by Bryan Fuller (Dead Like Me, Wonderfalls, Heroes), Pushing Daisies follows the whimsical story of Ned, a handsome, wistful pie maker who can resuscitate the dead with his touch.

However, there is a caveat to his talent. If something he’s revived remains living for more than one minute, then something nearby of similar life value will die. If he touches the resurrected a second time, that life will die permanently – a stipulation which proves to be a great strain when Ned resurrects his beautiful childhood sweetheart, Charlotte “Chuck” Charles. The results are bittersweet as they attempt to carry on a romantic relationship, and Ned is left traumatized by both his gift and his unfulfilled longing for Chuck.

Ned owns a restaurant called the Pie Hole, which he runs with kooky, lovelorn waitress Olive Snook. To earn extra money, Ned strikes a deal with the gruff but lovable private investigator Emerson Cod in which they temporarily bring murder victims back to life in order to inquire about the circumstances of their death. They use the information to solve their cases and collect reward money.

The series is narrated by Jim Dale (Harry Potter audio books). Among the guest stars featured in Season Two are French Stewart, Autumn Reeser, Diana Scarwid, David Arquette, Jennifer Elise Cox, Stephen Root, Wendie Malick and others.

“Pushing Daisies is a remarkable series, unlike anything we’ve recently had the pleasure to experience on television. It’s incredibly entertaining, with its visually stunning look, sharp dialogue, heart-touching and soulful storylines and immensely talented cast,” said Rosemary Markson, WHV Vice President, TV & Special Interest Marketing. She added, “This show bravely broke the rules of traditional TV and became a true standout series, praised by critics and viewers alike. This DVD will truly be a gem in anyone’s home entertainment library.”

Pushing Daisies originally premiered October 3, 2007 on ABC and aired for two seasons. The show earned three Golden Globe Award nominations, including Best Television Series. It was nominated for 12 Emmy Awards® and won three.


DVD Special Features Include:

· The Master Pie Maker - Hop into creator Bryan Fuller’s mind to discover the inner secrets of Pushing Daisies!
· From Oven to Table - Follow the production challenges of taking one of Bryan Fuller’s script ideas, involving a lighthouse and an egg, and crafting it into reality.
· Secret Sweet Ingredients - Learn how composer Jim Dooley’s music shapes a scene in ways most viewers aren’t even aware of.
· Add a Little Magic - Watch the visual effects team bring a 2-ton rhino to life and learn about the challenges of executing a scene to rival Jumanji!

Pushing Daisies is from Living Dead Guy Productions, The Jinks/Cohen Company in association with Warner Bros. Television. Pushing Daisies is executive produced by Dan Jinks & Bruce Cohen, Barry Sonnenfeld, Bryan Fuller and Peter Ocko.

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#2 of 4 Paul Arnette

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Posted April 01 2009 - 07:36 AM

It is a crying shame this series got canceled. That said, I am looking forward to owning this and watching the three unaired episodes all the same.
Universal Blu-ray Discs I will not be buying while they're offered only as Blu-ray + DVD 'flipper' discs:

The Jackal
, Out of Africa, and Traffic.

#3 of 4 Timothy E

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Posted April 01 2009 - 09:59 AM

The video quality on the First Season Blu Ray was spectacular. I cannot wait to see the Second Season, including the 3 unaired episodes, in HD.

#4 of 4 Loregnum

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Posted April 03 2009 - 01:31 AM

I am eagerly awaiting this as I picked up season 1 on blu-ray a couple months ago and was very pleased with the quality of the show. I just shook my head when I went searching to see what season it was on and finding that it got canceled.

It is typical though since Fuller also created Dead Like Me, another awesome show that should not have been canceled.

Apparently the masses do not like Bryan's creativity and solid writing and would rather have 34 more generic reality shows that do nothing but kill their brain cells. A shame.