[04/19/09 - 01:00 PM]
Live at the Paley Festival: ABC's "The Unaired Pushing Daisies"
By Brian Ford Sullivan (TFC)

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[EDITOR'S NOTE: As always, due to the Paley Festival's policy of not allowing electronic devices during the panels, I won't be blogging the event "live." Plus, I don't want to be the douche with a laptop clicking away when everyone's trying to enjoy the show. In any case, look for my handwritten blog - how 20th century - to be transcribed and appear around 11:00 PM PT each night. And if I'm feeling adventurous, you might get a few tweets from the after parties.]

12:55 PM - Tonight's legacy clip comes from an unaired episode of Bryan Fuller's "Wonderfalls," featuring "Daisies" co-star Lee Pace. It turns out it's actually the same one they showed during last year's panel.

1:00 PM - Paleyfest consigliere Craig Hitchcock welcomes us to this afternoon's very special marathon screening event. He in turn brings out - to a standing ovation - Bryan Fuller. "I'm hoping there's a life beyond television for 'Pushing Daisies,'" he notes. "We know that we are doing a comic book. That will be out this fall, that will continue the adventures of Chuck and Ned and Emerson and Olive and Lily and Vivian. And we are working with DC now, we just broke out the 12 episodes so that's coming up on the horizon. And what's so great about this experience for me, as a fan of television, I've been going to the Paley Festival for 10 years... the first one I went to was the 'Buffy' festival and it was a great experience to be with fans of television, fans of the show as well as the people who were behind the show." He gives a nod to the various "Daisies" cast and crew that are in attendance, including Barry Sonnenfeld, Chi McBride and Ellen Greene whom he brings on stage. "We're really proud to be a cult show," he adds. "How many episodes did 'Twin Peaks' have? They had about the same so I think we're in really good company."

1:02 PM - "I wanted to say how amazing Bryan Fuller is," Barry notes. "He's got such a unique vision and also is an incredibly lovely young man. And working with Ellen and Chi and Lee Pace was just... and Swoozie was just... and Anna was just... [Laughs.] and Kristin... 'Kristin, show us more cleavage,' I would say. But really it's Bryan's vision and I was very lucky to be a part of this thing.

1:03 PM - "For all of you attending today," Chi adds. "There's pitchforks and torches we'll be handing out. [Laughs and cheers.] We will show them! [He notices a few kids in the front rows.] Oh, excuse me there's plastic forks and glow sticks. And we're going to go down there [to ABC] and boo and hiss and shake our finger. That's all what we're going to do. We just want to thank you so much for being roped into our little show. We hope that we gave you the same kind of entertainment that you deserve, which is rich entertainment. We are sorry to see it go but with every ending there's a new beginning and thank you so much."

1:04 PM - "I'm sad that I'm standing here," a teary-eyed Ellen says. "Because that means it's the end of a wonderful world and a land. And if you love these characters, we love them more. Thank you for trying to save our show. We really read [the letters] and we really took them to heart and we appreciate it. And we loved making it for you so I hope you like it."

1:06 PM - Bryan notes they'll be screening two episodes, followed by a prop giveaway and then the final episode. But before all that, everybody proceeds to launch "Pushing Daisies" T-shirts into the crowd!

1:10 PM - And so begins the screenings of "Window Dressed to Kill" and "Water and Power."

2:34 PM - Bryan shouts that everyone should take a five minute bathroom break.

2:46 PM - Bryan returns to give out today's raffle gifts: a Ring For Right bell (from the episode "Robbing Hood"); the sling Olive wore while clinging to Ned in the episode "The Norwegians"; the newspaper and champagne bottle featured in "Kerplunk"; a Honeycomb Chew from "Girth"; five CDs signed by composer Jim Dooley; a program from Jimmy Neptune's Aquacade (also from "Kerplunk"); the "MOTHER" license plate from "The Norwegians"; the Bee Key from "Bzzzzzzz!"; a Honey for the Homeless jar; and last, but not least, a menu from the Pie Hole!

2:54 PM - "This was an interesting episode for us because we didn't know it was our last episode," Bryan notes about the finale we're about to see. "And we had originally an ending which was a cut to black and we figured you guys would kill us. So in post with the love of [our post-production team] we crafted an ending that was essentially, we had no money... [they] beat the streets at visual effects houses to make shots, to get us $90,000 effects shots for $8,000. So it really was a labor of love by everybody, including the visual effects houses who really love the show as much as everybody in this room. So thank you all, enjoy "Kerplunk" and long live 'Daisies!'"

2:56 PM - With that we begin the final installment, "Kerplunk."

3:39 PM - Another standing ovation as the crowd says goodbye.

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