Anna Friel talks PUSHING DAISIES Finale

     May 29, 2009

Anna Friel pushing_daisies__1_.jpgA show that died way before it’s time was ABC’s “Pushing Daisies”. The show had a perfect recipe of comedy, action and imagination. Each week you had a mystery to solve, and at the same time, you got a piece of the bigger storyline. All I can say is, if you get a chance, check out the show. It’s great.

Anyway, ABC is finally airing the last three original episodes starting tomorrow night and for the next two Saturday’s. While you’ll be coming into the storyline very late, if you’re around, you should tune in.

So with ABC finally airing the last few episodes, at this morning’s roundtable interview for “Land of the Lost”, Anna told us what see thought of the show, what she’s doing for the finale, and a little bit on how it’s going to end. If you’re a fan of the show, I think you’ll love hearing her talk about it.

Read what she said after the jump:

Question: So with “Pushing Daisies,” they’re finally airing the last three episodes.


Anna Friel: I know. I haven’t seen them. I’m so excited to see them.

Q: Are you doing anything special for them?

Anna: Well, hopefully… Lee’s gonna come to the premiere tomorrow, that and Bryan Fuller. I’ve got all my ‘Daisies’ clan, they’ll wanna come and watch. I’m very excited. I’ve got them on DVD, but I wanted to wait to watch them go out live. Although it was a short run of a series, this’ll be… I read it, a journalist from USA Today put it really nicely, he said it’ll be a show that will last forever, it didn’t run long, but it’ll last forever. It was such a daring and creative project to do in the first place.

Q: Bryan has said that the finale isn’t a series finale, so is there plan for a comic adaptation or for it to continue?

Anna: They are doing a comic thing and I know it’s always his dream to do some kind of film version, whether that actually comes to fruition, we’ll have to see. But the real ending, he’s imagined, he’s had it planned out for over a few years and the real ending was so beautiful and touching, what he’d first discussed. This is lovely, Chuck gets to go and, I don’t wanna spoil it for you, but she gets to actually see the aunts and knocks on the door and you find out what happens to Olive and… I don’t want to ruin it!

Q: So you know what would have happened to Chuck down the line?


Anna: I do! It was lovely. That’s the thing with TV. Sometimes you’re so excited because you think, “Well, I know that’s gonna come and that’s gonna come.” And sometimes they don’t want to fill you in with that, because they don’t want you to play it before the actual character would know, but sometimes you need help with that and every few months we’d go into Bryan and you’d see the writers’ storyboards and you’d see how Chuck was tracked and how Ned was and it was so exciting, because even after the 17-hour days, you’d just think, “Oh, I’ve got that coming up and I get to have scenes with them.” And my favorite characters were always Lily and Vivian, the aunts, and I was desperate, I was so jealous that everyone else had scenes with the aunts and I thought, “As soon as they know Chuck’s alive, I can start doing that.”

Q: So why do you think the show struggled to find an audience?

Anna: I think the strike had a lot to do with a lot of shows, because it’s not your average show and it was just starting to pick up momentum and if you take something off the air for a year and to have to refind those viewers and I think it was quite a complex storyline. It wasn’t something that you could just go, “Oh, well we’re turn it on,” because the whole procedural element made sure you had to really really listen and I think it was a big, bold thing for ABC to take on. It was incredibly expensive. It was incredibly bright. It was was something that was daring, but again, I think well-done to them for being brave enough to actually take it on and create something new and fresh. I don’t know. I can’t answer that. Maybe there just weren’t enough fans. The fans that were there and loyal and strong and true, are avid fans, but maybe it just didn’t capture people’s imagination the way it should. If I really knew the answer to that, I’d be running a network.


Q: Do you have sort of a pitch to get people to go back and watch these last few episodes?

Anna: I don’t think that’s my job. They haven’t asked us to go out and do promotion for it. I think the fans that we left off with will be the fans who will come back and watch the final three.