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American Idol’s next guest judge: Kristin Chenoweth


Boy, Kristin Chenoweth isn’t letting any grass grow under her petite feet.

Not only is she up for an Emmy award next month for her role on the dearly departed Pushing Daisies, she’ll be the next celebrity guest judge on American Idol.

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Chenoweth – who’s also got a spot on FOX’s Glee coming up – will be at Idol’s Orlando auditions later this week, according to People.com.

Now this is what I was talking about earlier this week when I harshed on the news that Neil Patrick Harris would be an Idol judge, too. Once again, I love NPH, but one role in Broadway’s Cabaret doesn’t exactly make him a singer.

Chenoweth, on the other hand, is a musical theater veteran: She’s a Tony winner best known as the original Glinda the Good Witch in Wicked. Classically trained in opera, she’s performed at the Metropolitan Opera House and recorded a number of albums.

Who else is excited to see the wee KC on the small screen again, even if it’s in small doses?

Posted by Heather Salerno on Friday, August 28th, 2009 at 9:55 am |
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Reader’s Poll recaps: Folks looking forward to ‘Community,’ missing ‘Daisies,’ ‘Terminator’ most


It’s been quite a month, between season finales, network upfronts and the untimely (as well as timely) deaths of struggling shows whose bubbles were burst.

That’s where our most recent readers’ poll, between May 17 and 21, came in. We asked, “What canceled show will you miss the most this fall?” Two shows in particular that lost the only poll that really counts — the poll of network programming executives — won this one.

True to form, this was yet another poll that Terminator: The Sarah  Connor Chronicles fans were determined not to lose. And those those Pushing Daisies devotees are still grieving the loss of their piemaker and just wishing they could revive him with a touch.

The two shows tied for the poll lead with 29 percent of votes cast each.

From Fox, we jump to NBC’s Life, which, to its fans’ chagrin, has none. They placed it in third at 20 percent. Going down the line, it was Dirty Sexy Money, Prison Break (which I thought was canceled in ’07), Lipstick Jungle, and, bringing up the rear with a single, lonely vote, King of the Hill.

Earlier this month, from May 6-17, we posed the following query: “NBC unveiled a slew of new shows for the fall on May 4, and more announcements from all the networks are on the way. What new show are you most excited about seeing?

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Posted by Brian Howard on Friday, May 22nd, 2009 at 9:00 am |

Final ‘Pushing Daisies’ episodes to air



And, sniff.

Yes, that wonderful wacky world that is “Pushing Daisies” is still canceled, but there’s a silver lining to that black TV cloud. ABC is finally, FINALLY going to air the show’s final three episodes.

“Daisies” went on an indefinite hiatus back in December, and once the network decided not to renew the show, fans were left wondering what would happen to those lost installments.

Well, you’re gonna get ’em starting May 30 at 10 p.m.

(Yes, that’s a Saturday. Yes, that’s the total time slot from hell. No, beggars can’t be choosers.)

In the first new ep, “Window Dressed to Kill,” Emerson asks Chuck to help him solve the murder of a window dresser after Ned decides to hang up his dead-raising skills. As for Olive, the two criminals she asked to kidnap her as a child (a cry for more attention from Mommy and Daddy) stage a jail break and go to the wee waitress for help.

So enjoy smelling the “Daisies” while you can, because it officially wraps up its small screen incarnation on June 13.

Creator Bryan Fuller has said that the characters and stories will live on in a comic book series, but the question is: How will the TV version end?

(Photo courtesy of ABC)

Posted by Heather Salerno on Friday, May 8th, 2009 at 12:05 pm |
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Itching for some ‘Daisies,’ ‘Dirty’ and ‘Eli’ closure? You’ll have to wait awhile…



It’s bad enough that ABC cancelled three of its fabulous sophomore shows: “Pushing Daisies,” “Dirty Sexy Money” and “Eli Stone.”

But now we’re hearing that the handful of episodes that are left for each show won’t air until this SUMMER.

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Posted by Heather Salerno on Friday, January 16th, 2009 at 10:15 am |
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Kristin Chenoweth to star in new David E. Kelley drama


So there had to be a silver lining in the sad storm cloud that is the cancellation of ABC’s “Pushing Daisies.”

And here it is: Kristin Chenoweth has just been tapped as the new star of uber-producer David E. Kelley’s upcoming legal drama, “Legally Mad.”

The Chenster has gotten lots of practice playing the adorably loopy Olive Snook on “Daisies,” so she shouldn’t have trouble nailing the role of the somewhat nutty Skippy Pylon. (Don’t you just love that name, too?

Chenoweth should have fun playing Skippy, too, given the character’s description, via Variety:

<blockquote><div>In “Legally Mad,” Chenoweth is set to play Skippy Pylon, a cheerful and brilliant attorney who nonetheless exhibits flashes of psychosis — and enjoys being mistaken for a teenager.</div></blockquote>

We’re sad to see Olive say good-bye, but from the sound of it, we may be happy to say hello to Skippy – as long as the show is more early “Ally McBeal” and less lame “Boston Legal.”.

(Photo courtesy of ABC)

Posted by Heather Salerno on Monday, December 22nd, 2008 at 10:02 am |
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‘Pushing Daisies’ recap: ‘The Norwegians’


Tee hee. The Norwegians.

Did you notice that “the Norwegians” was said an awful lot in last night’s “Pushing Daisies?”

After the first few minutes, we certainly knew the nationality of those bizarro Ned, Chuck and Emerson clones. (And if we forgot, we were cued by the plastering of their country’s flag on EVERYTHING. Not to mention Olive’s constant mention of “Norwegia.”)

But let’s face it: It was just funny to hear over and over. The Norwegians.

Snicker. Snort!

Yes, it was another fine installment of the sci-fi/detective series, which makes it even sadder that the show is getting closer and closer to its final curtain call.

So why were the Norwegians causing trouble for our crack team of investigators? And why were they from Norwegia anyway?

Well, why not? This is “Pushing Daisies,” after all. But for story’s sake, Magnus, Nils and Hedda headed for Papen County because the low crime rate in their homeland cut drastically cut into their paychecks. Over in Pushing Daisies-land, with the help of their super-techno mobile crime lab, or Mother, they figured they could out-investigate their main competition, a.k.a. Emerson Cod.

(BTW, anyone else smile at the childishly clever acronym for the Norwegians’ crime lab? Check it: Mobile Investigative Lab Facility.)

Anyway, the Norwegians – hee! – were hired by Chuck’s Aunt Vivian to look into the disappearance of her gentleman caller, Dwight Dixon. She’s not convinced Dwight is a bad man, as Emerson told her so coldly when he refused to take the case, because he romanced her with crudité.

But, of course, Emerson really doesn’t want Vivian to find out what happened to Dwight because that would lead to all sorts of questions about Chuck’s resurrection. Not to mention that of Charles Charles, who’s still on the lam.

Enter the Norwegians.


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Posted by Heather Salerno on Thursday, December 18th, 2008 at 11:37 am |
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‘Pushing Daisies’ recap: ‘Comfort Food’


No, “Daisies” fans, your eyes aren’t deceiving you. The photo below isn’t from last night’s finger-lickin’ good episode.

And don’t you want another look at deep-fried Colonel Likkin? Or Chuck’s guaze-wrapped, undead daddy? (Kudos to the show for the cute Invisible Man reference…)

But I can’t show you those pictures because ABC didn’t bother to post any stills on its press website, and I hope that’s not an ominous sign that the network plans to let this sweet show fade away without a proper goodbye.

It’s bad enough it’s been cancelled. Please, ABC, at least let it go out with some dignity, don’t treat it like a crazy relative who might say something offensive at the holiday dinner. (I also noticed that “Daisies” didn’t get any promotion on the main page of ABC.com yesterday; or, at least, not when I was looking at it.)

Allow us to fully savor the rich, buttery goodness of “Daisies” while we can. And last night, it was just oozing out of the show, as Ned and Olive teamed up for the annual county comfort food cook-off.

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Posted by Heather Salerno on Thursday, December 4th, 2008 at 10:05 am |
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