Chi McBride Speaks on Emerson Cod

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Fans of Boston Public and The Nine know Chi McBride as a portrayer of stand-up citizens.

They may need to readjust their focus on Pushing Daisies, however, as the actor takes on a more nuanced, less ethical role.

McBride describes Emerson Cod, his character on this hyped new show, as follows: He's a private investigator who uses Ned's powers to help collect reward money.

"Emerson only cares about two things: 'I gotta get paid and I gotta go home,' " McBride says. "He's a character of questionable morality. But you will see that's a veneer for something that happened that was very painful in his life."

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Pushing Daisies Quotes

Chuck: Do you believe in reincarnation?
Emerson: Hell no. The planet's falling apart. Right now, it's the children's problem. We reincarnate, it's our problem

Vivian: Charlotte was a nice girl.
Lily: With the exception of puberty.
Vivian: Which was when Lily was going through a change of life.
Lily: Impolite to talk about one's menopause in mixed company.