Pushing Daisies: Over-Budget?

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Not every article out there has been complimentary of Pushing Daisies. To wit, Kim Masters of Slate.com wrote an interesting article about the show going over budget.

In it, she reports that director Barry Sonnenfeld (pictured) has been punished for going over budget on the show's premiere, specifically penning that his "role as director was curtailed."

Barry Sonnenfeld
Sonnenfeld, however, contradicts this report. He said the following to TV Squad about the article and expensive rumors:

"You know, the writer of the piece hasn't written a lot about Hollywood, I think. Almost every show after the pilot is over-budget, whether it's Bionic Woman, Chuck, last year's Ugly Betty... I suspect they're all over-budget."

He continued:

"My role is to make the best shows possible, to get our show on ABC and get as much good press and to make the best shows possible. The article... and I called Kim about it... it had a lot of misinformation..."

Pushing Daisies Creator Bryan Fuller confirms this account, stating that Sonnenfeld will most certainly be directing future episodes and that budget problems don't exist.

"The reason why I didn't direct more episodes is that the schedule got changed; I was taking my daughter to boarding school. Truly, what I told Kim when she first called me was... truly, this is a non-story. And there's not a show out there that isn't over-budget after the pilot," Sonnenfeld said.

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Pushing Daisies Quotes

She read about people she could never be, on adventures she would never have. Life was good enough until one day it wasn't. Chuck wanted more. But at Boutique Travel Travel Boutique she got more than she bargained for.


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