Pushing Daisies is in its second season on ABC. It’s making the rounds as a show that will be canceled soon if the viewer-ship doesn’t increase rapidly. They recently put it up against our President-elects’ infomercial – so it’s not doing so well. The show is quite unusual and quirky – campy if you will. If you haven’t seen it here’s the deal – Ned is a Pie-maker who has the ability to bring the dead back to life by touching said dead, upon re-touching dead thing it dies for good, allowing the dead to live past a One minute window of time kills some other equal life-form of closest proximity. A Private investigator notices this skill and enlists Ned in the pursuit of the monetary rewards that come to those who obtain the information of unsolved murders (by asking the dead). In the pilot he awakes his childhood romance Chuck (Charlotte) and keeps her alive with the caveat that they must not touch (same with his dog). The other main character of the show is Olive, a woman who works for and is in love with Ned, despite the fact that he’s in love with Chuck. It’s quite fun and there are musical numbers, and it’s all narrated by Jim Dale (the voice of the Harry Potter Audio Books). It’s all rather strange, but maybe that’s why I enjoy it so much.
The part of Olive is portrayed by Kristin Chenoweth, who does a superb job (as does the rest of the cast) and is the one who sings most often. This is probably because she has had a great career on broadway, and even has a few CD’s out. She has a great voice and sings beautifully, but her choice of songs isn’t always my favorite. Her first album Let Yourself Go is the standard fare of show tunes. she put this album out in 2001 and in 2003 she garnered the role of Glinda the Good Witch in the debut of Wicked on Broadway. She put out another album in 2005 As I Am, which is “an eclectic collection of traditional and contemporary gospel anthems and related songs”. She also has a new Christmas album out (A Lovely Way To Spend Christmas) for those of you that are big fans.
My Funny Valentine (from Let Yourself Go)|Kristin Chenoweth
Popular (from Wicked)|Kristin Chenoweth
Poor Wayfaring Stranger (from As I Am)|Kristin Chenoweth
Hangin’ Around With Me (from Let Yourself Go)|Kristin Chenoweth (with Jason Alexander)