Written by: Tony Lazlo, CC2K Staff Writer
Fans of ABC's quirky fantasy-comedy-drama Pushing Daisies will find out who Chuck's real mother is, as well as an unexpected side-effect of her magical revival during the show's second season, according to show chieftain Bryan Fuller, speaking at the 2008 Paley Festival in Los Angeles.
Loyal Pushing Daisies faithful packed the Arclight Cinerama Dome on the second night of the Paley Festival, which assembles the stars and talent behind hit shows to talk about their experiences on the programs and answer questions from fans.
Let's get to the good stuff! Caution: SPOILERS AHEAD!
• Season two will return in September with more intensity.
Fuller said, "The first nine episodes were really a soft romance. Season two will come back a lot harder, with more aggressive storytelling."
• Expect some awesome guest stars in season two.
Fuller and company wouldn't reveal any of the upcoming guest stars, but they did mention some of their wish list, which includes:
• Tim Conway and Harvey Korman.
• Carol Burnett.
• Lyle Wagner.
• We will find out who Chuck's real mother is, and it will have a big effect on Ned.
Fuller: "It'll be interesting to see how the piemaker will try to control [Chuck's] trajectory after she finds out who her real mother is."
• We'll learn more about Emerson Cod's (Chi McBride) family.
• The show will have a soundtrack released in stores.
• Season one will be available on DVD in September in the USA. The UK will get the DVDs in June.
• Fuller offered advice to an aspiring writer who wanted to write a spec script for the show: "Write a stand-alone episode, and write something you would want to watch."
• Ned and Chuck could not have a baby if they tried.
Fuller: "I think the egg would die when the sperm hit it."
• For fans of Chi McBride previous shows, The Nine, the actor revealed that he was behind everything on the show. (I haven't seen it, so I don't know if it's a murder mystery or what. But hey – spoiler!)
• And lastly, the most intriguing detail: A side effect of being revived by the piemaker may be immortality. An audience member pointed out that Ned's dog looked pretty healthy for a dog of 20 years. The audience member wanted to know if the dog had stopped aging.
Fuller: "Yes, that's possible. And Chuck may have a similar future."
Author: Tony Lazlo, CC2K Staff Writer
Robert J. Peterson is a writer and web developer living in Los Angeles. A Tennessee native, he graduated from Northwestern University’s Medill School of Journalism. He’s written for newspapers and websites all over the country, including the Marin Independent Journal, the Telluride Daily Planet, CC2KOnline.com, Offscreen, and Geekscape.net. He co-hosts the podcasts Make It So and Hiram’s Lodge. He’s appeared as a pop-culture guru on the web talk shows Comics on Comics, The Fanbase Press Week In Review, Collider Heroes, ScreenJunkies TV Fights, and Fandom Planet. He’s the founder of California Coldblood Books.