It's not a big surprise, but for many of us, it's a big disappointment. ABC has cancelled "Pushing Daisies," "Dirty Sexy Money," and "Eli Stone"! The network has not actually used the word "cancelled," but it is not picking up the shows for the second halves of their seasons. Which, essentially, means cancellation.
This should be interesting. All three of those series have developed very passionate, if small, fan bases. Will ABC be barraged by daisies and dirty Monopoly money and George Michael discs? I know that NBC changed its mind a little bit after the "Lipstick Jungle" fans spoke, and "Jericho" was famously brought back by CBS due to the fans' campaign. We'll see.
I suspect that the "Pushing Daisies" people will be most upset, and most vocal -- even though creator Bryan Fuller has already talked to Kristin at E! about keeping the story alive in comic books and a big-screen movie. The rest of the finished episodes will air, by the way, which should also offer some consolation.
But I'm most sorry to see "Dirty Sexy Money" go. Next to "Gossip Girl," it has been TV's most fun-loving and yet dramatically solid soap opera. I admired "Daisies," and recognized the value of its originality, and honor ABC for giving it a shot in the first place, but I was hooked on "Dirty Sexy Money." I'll miss you, my Darlings.
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