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This is such a great TV show. It ran for only 2 seasons on ABC from 2007 - 2009. It was another show that got told it was being canceled about halfway through it’s 2nd season and it tried wrapping up some of it’s loose ends by the last episode.
If you don’t know this show, watch it. The way the stories are told are just incredible. The story centers around a pie maker, Ned (Lee Pace), who can bring people back from the dead for less than a minute without any dire consequences but more than a minute and something or someone has to die to take there place. Ned works with Emerson Cod (Chi McBride) who is a private investigator whose interested in collecting reward money for the deaths. Along the way Ned brings his childhood sweetheart, Chuck Charles (Anna Friel) back to life and the real problems begin.
First, look at the actors in this show:
Plus, a whole truckload of cameos George Hamilton to Paul Rubens. And the show has Ellen Greene! Ellen Greene!!!! For those of you who don’t know she was Audrey in Little Shop of Horrors:
She is such a fantastic character actress! And Little Shop of Horrors is amazing but I’ll get to that later.
And the show was created by this guy,
He has created other shows such as Dead Like Me (I’ll talk about that later as well), Wonderfalls and Hannibal. He got his start writing episodes for Star Trek Voyager and all of these shows are just great as well.
This show had such a unique voice. From the rich and vibrant colors to the narrator to the way it would blend humor in the show. And how, especially in the 1st season, it would almost always have a “awwwww” moment between the pie maker and Chuck.
The show tells a love story about two people who can never touch or the other would die. How do you keep that fresh without it becoming annoying? This show finds that balance and goes with it.
In the first season, it’s all about “monster of the week” type story lines. In the second season, they try to go with an overarching villain but it falls apart quickly. It’s still really worth watching, just to watch the scenes between Chi McBride and Kristin.
Oh, and Kristin Chenoweth and Ellen Greene sing songs in the show. There is no musical episode but there are random songs that they sing and they are wonderful! In fact, early on in the 1st season Kristin sings a song to herself in the pie shop (called the Pie Hole) while cleaning up, which is great. Then the night janitor comes in to clean the floors and has headphones in and she continues to sing and dance behind his back as he waxes the floors. That’s the moment I fell in love with the show.
The show doesn’t take itself too seriously and allows crazy things to happen to it’s characters. It was so pleasant to watch this show while it was on the air, it was like a nice gift each week to look forward to. It has this idealistic view of love and how romance should be but it’s set in such a far off, fantasy place that you know it’s only true in stories. The 2nd season tried to start dealing with the realities of love between Ned and Chuck but it felt forced and awkward in the show’s format and the side characters like Emerson and Olive and the Aunts become more entertaining to watch. It’s like Ned and Chuck become a train wreck you can’t take your eyes away from.
I loved how the show made me feel at the end of each episode, warm and fuzzy inside. When you look at what else is usually on TV like, CSI, Law & Order, Bones, Supernatural, even sitcoms like How I Met Your Mother or Scrubs, while these shows are great and entertaining in their own way none of them in a constant way made me feel warm and fuzzy inside by the end. And sometimes, that’s what you need at the end of a long day.