Pushing Daisies Savors Every Second of Life

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In Pushing Daisies parlance, the show does not premiere in a little over two weeks.

It starts in 18 days, five hours, forty-five minutes and 20 seconds.

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That's because, more than anything else on the show, Pushing Daisies savors every second of life. That's evident from the opening voice-over, in which Ned (Lee Pace) is described as being "9 years, 27 weeks, 6 days and 3 minutes old."

Later, he's ""19 years, 34 weeks, 1 day and 59 minutes."

Why the details? Because this forensic fairytale - as ABC describes the series as - centers around the concept that every minute matter. As Chuck (Anna Friel) says in the opening episode, "Pie-lette," dying is as good a reason as any to start living.

"I just thought that every minute was precious," said Creator Bryan Fuller, who spent last year on the writing staff of Heroes. "So when the narrative talks about how old somebody is, the motivation is that at the end of your life, down to the minute, you look at every minute as precious."

Overall, is the show a bit far-fetched? Sure. But maybe that's on purpose. Perhaps it's meant to help you focus on your own world, as Chi McBride says:

"It's a fairy tale, man. If you want reality, you have your own 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.