Pushing Daisies- The Art of Costume Blogcast

Pushing Daisies – S2 Episode 27

We are kicking off “Fairy-Tale Romance” month with a television show that ended too soon, Pushing Daisies. This show has everything, synchronized swimming, murder, pie, and Kristin Chenoweth! Join us as we break down the colorful, Emmy-award-winning costumes and this brilliant love story.

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Show Notes: Pushing Daisies

Summary: Ned is a pie-maker with the ability to bring dead things back to life with his touch. After Chuck, Ned’s childhood crush, passes away Ned is faced with living one more minute with Chuck or bringing her back to life at the expense of another. This forensic fairy tale follows Ned, Chuck, Emerson Cod, and the lovely Olive Snook as they team up to solve murder cases while keeping Chuck’s resurrection a secret.

“We were kind of the first fairy-tale show.”

– Bryan Fuller, Esquire 

Behind the Wardrobe:

Series Creator: Bryan Fuller

Executive Producer: Barry Sonnenfeld

Costume Designer: Robert Blackman

Notable Work: Star Trek: The Next Generation, Star Trek: Generations, Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, Star Trek: Voyager, Star Trek: Enterprise, Rizzoli & Isles(15eps), GCB(9eps), Legion(19eps), American Gods(4eps)

“- it was deceptively complicated in that it was exploring a relationship that you can’t touch, and what does that say about where we are in society as people who make connections online without touching?”

– Bryan Fuller, Esquire

“Barry will tell you this: He doesn’t like blue.” – Robert Blackman, New York Times

“They told me, ‘We want strong colors, very few pastels if any,” – Robert Blackman, New York Times

“That way, you never lose sight of him, no matter how bright the other clothes are,” – Robert Blackman, New York Times

“The decades I’d dip into were the ’40s, ’50s, ’60s, early ’70s, skip the ’80s and then come back to the ’90s until present day,” – Robert Blackman, New York Times

Season 1 Episode 1: Pie-Lette 

11 Emmy Nominations

Lee Pace – Outstanding Lead Actor In A Comedy Series – 2008 – Nominee

Kristin Chenoweth – Outstanding Supporting Actress In A Comedy Series – 2008 – Nominee

 Mary Vogt, Stephanie Fox-Kramer, – Outstanding Costumes For A Series – 2008 (Pie-lette) – Nominee

Season 2 Episode 1 : Bzzzzzzzzz!

5 Emmy Nominations and 4 Emmy Wins

Winner: Outstanding Art Direction For A Single-Camera Series – 2009 – “Dim Sum Lose Some”

Winner: Outstanding Makeup For A Single-Camera Series (Non-Prosthetic) – 2009 – “Dim Sum Lose Some”

Winner: Outstanding Supporting Actress In A Comedy Series – 2009 – Kristin Chenoweth, as Olive Snook

Winner: Outstanding Costumes For A Series – 2009 -“Bzzzzzzzzz!” – Robert Blackman, Costume Designer & Carol Kunz, Costume Supervisor

Want to know more? Check out our sources.

Wood, Jennifer M. “Bryan Fuller on ‘Pushing Daisies’ and Being Cancelled.” Esquire, 21 Aug. 2020, http://www.esquire.com/entertainment/tv/interviews/a33774/bryan-fuller-interview/.

Rochlin, Margy. “Robert Blackman: ‘Pushing Daisies’.” The New York Times, The New York Times, 5 June 2009, http://www.nytimes.com/2009/06/07/arts/television/07blac.html.


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