AMC Orders “Halt & Catch Fire” to Series

Jul 26

In February, Lee Pace was announced as a cast member for a potential new AMC series, “Halt & Catch Fire.” The pilot was filmed in April and May and was awaiting word from the network on whether or not it would be picked up for a full season. Finally, we have more news on the future of the series, and it’s good!

Earlier today, at the Television Critics Association summer press tour in Beverly Hills, AMC announced that they would be picking up “Halt & Catch Fire” for a full season. Additionally, they also ordered a season for another pilot, “Turn” — the first time AMC picked up two series in one cycle, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

Although there’s no word yet on when the series will enter into production, follow LPO on Twitter for quick updates. In the meantime, Lee is in London shooting Guardians of the Galaxy for Marvel and the “Halt & Catch Fire” team will need to write further episodes, so it may be a while still for us to get a weekly dose of Lee on our TVs.

Bryan Fuller Has Many Plans for “Pushing Daisies” Cast

May 3

Aside from the big news regarding Guardians Of The Galaxy, it’s been pretty quiet on the Lee Pace news front. He recently wrapped up shooting the pilot episode of AMC’s “Halt And Catch Fire,” which will hopefully be picked up for a full season. The Hobbit is currently shooting more scenes after the second film was split into two separate features; however, I’m uncertain as to whether or not Lee will be back in New Zealand for additional footage.

So, with that said, how about some more talk about a potential “Pushing Daisies” film?

When speaking to Kristin Dos Santos at E! – who was notoriously supportive of “Pushing Daisies” when it was on the air – creator/writer Bryan Fuller revealed that he has some pretty big plans in store for previous cast members, including Lee Pace, Kristin Chenoweth, and Anna Friel. Check out what he says about a potential Kickstarter campaign to fund a “Daisies” movie, and whether or not we’ll see our favorite pie makers in Bryan’s current NBC series, “Hannibal.”

• “From the moment the show was canceled [on ABC], I’ve been trying to do a ‘Pushing Daisies’ movie and started writing a script for it. The best chance for it to happen, perhaps the only chance for it to happen, would be through something like Kickstarter. I haven’t even been back in Los Angeles for more than five days since wrapping ‘Hannibal,’ so one of the first orders of business is to find out more from [‘Veronica Mars’ creator] Rob Thomas to find out how he did it. And to call Warner Brothers to see if it’s something that they would allow… But I would, Oh my God, I would love to get those actors together again. I have what I think is a very cool story; it’s just a matter of finding out if it’s possible. I think it would be such an interesting sentimental return.

• “I talked to Lee Pace about doing a role on [‘Hannibal’] this season. But he was doing a stage play, and so we’re planning to work that out with season two. He’s definitely interested in doing the show, and I would love to work with him again. I also very much want to work with Anna Friel again, and Kristin Chenoweth clearly has to play someone in the Boston arts scene. Perhaps an opera singer. So we are hoping to make that all happen.”


Will Kickstarter Finally Kick Start a “Pushing Daisies” Movie?

Mar 18

Did you hear about the amazing feat “Veronica Mars” creator Rob Thomas managed via Kickstarter, the site used to garner money for projects? He set up a two million dollar donation goal and, if he was to reach it within thirty days or so, he vowed to fans that a movie for the beloved series would follow. Amazingly, the campaign reached its goal after only ten hours. To date, it has raised 3.6 million dollars — with 24 days left.

It has created buzz all throughout Hollywood. For a show that averaged 2.5 million viewers during its 2004-07 run, the breakneck speed of monetary pledges is especially outstanding. It’s resulted in other creative types wondering if they could duplicate the campaign’s success, including Bryan Fuller, who – as we know – has been trying hard to bring “Pushing Daisies” back to life in one form or another. (He’s already written the first act of a would-be film.)

Bryan has since stated that he’s also interested in trying out Kickstarter to test the waters. Although a “Pushing Daisies” movie would be a far more costly endeavor than “Veronica Mars” (due to CGI and prosthetics, Bryan estimates they’d need more like a $10 million budget), the fan donation campaign – if a success – would at least give him the backing to Warner Brothers to continue pursuing a movie; proving that there is still interest in the show. Check out what he said to The Hollywood Reporter on the subject:

“When I saw [the Kickstarter campaign] online, I said to my agent immediately, ‘Can we do this with “Pushing Daisies” or “Wonderfalls”? And he said, ‘”Pushing Daisies” is going to take a lot more than $2 million to make into a movie.'”

“‘Veronica Mars’ hinges on its charming cast and writing and isn’t as effects-laden and dependent on huge productions. You can make a $2 million or $4 million ‘Veronica Mars’ movie. For something like ‘Pushing Daisies,’ which is more elaborate visually and also would require extensive prosthetics and those sorts of complicating production elements, it’s a little more daunting.”

“I never assumed it was a realistic option until Rob Thomas and Kristen Bell pulled it off. It’s going to be easier to get in line behind ‘Veronica Mars.’ The question is whether that next show is going to be as well-suited to this process. I imagine that it’s quite a bit of legwork and loopholes and legalities to navigate. I have so many questions for Rob Thomas — I sent him an e-mail earlier today.”

“If I weren’t in Toronto finishing up on ‘Hannibal,’ I’d be knocking on doors at Warner Brothers, asking, ‘Is this a viable plan for Pushing Daisies’?”

So, what say you, fans: would you donate to a Kickstarter campaign to see a “Pushing Daisies” movie?

Lee Cast in New AMC Drama, “Halt and Catch Fire”

Feb 26

According to The Hollywood Reporter, Lee Pace has been cast as the lead in a new AMC series. “Halt and Catch Fire” is a drama following the 1980s computing boom as seen through the eyes of a visionary, Joe MacMillan, who will be played by Lee. Mackenzie Davis is also attached as his co-star, playing “a punk computer programming grad student” named Cameron How. More details below:

“Halt and Catch Fire”: Revolves around the personal computing boom and is told through the eyes of a visionary and an engineer and prodigy whose innovations directly confront the corporate behemoths of the time. Their partnership will be challenged by greed and ego while charting the changing culture in Texas’ Silicon Prairie.

Joe MacMillan: Often the smartest guy in the office and two steps ahead of both friends and enemies. Once a superstar salesman at IBM, Joe recently departed under mysterious circumstances only to resurface at an also-ran Dallas tech company named Cardiff Giant. He comes to Dallas with a plan to force the company into the new era of the PC boom.

The show, created by Chris Cantwell and Chris Rogers, will be executive produced by Mark Johnson and Melissa Bernstein (both of “Breaking Bad” fame, the well-crafted and popular drama on AMC). Juan Jose Campanella of “House” will direct the pilot episode. Hopefully we’ll see it go to season. Congrats, Lee!

“Pushing Daisies” (Season 2) Screen Caps Added

Nov 2

Screen caps for four more episodes in season two of “Pushing Daisies” have been added to the gallery. The exquisitely high-definition caps are generously provided by You can find images for “The Legend of Merle McQuoddy,” “The Norwegians,” “Window Dressed to Kill,” and “Water & Power.” Hopefully we’ll have caps for the last episode – “Kerplunk” – very soon.

“Pushing Daisies” … on Stage?

Jul 16

While at 2012 Comic-Con, Bryan Fuller mentioned that he was working on a new “Pushing Daisies” project that was neither a comic book nor a miniseries. In a new interview (video above), Michael Ausiello added that the upcoming revival isn’t a film, either. When pressed if it was moving to Broadway, Bryan merely shrugged and said “perhaps.” What do you think, guys? Will we be seeing “Pushing Daisies” as a stage performance soon? An official announcement will be made once everything is arranged, but hopefully we can expect it soon!

The First Sneak Peek at the “Pushing Daisies” Comic!

Apr 23

Via Twitter, Bryan Fuller just blessed “Pushing Daisies” fans with a nice surprise: a sneak peek, first page preview of the upcoming “Pushing Daisies” comic. Keep in mind, it is an uncolored preview. (I imagine the finished product will be much more vibrant, although I personally like the black and white!) The comic is currently seeking distribution after their publishing company at DC folded. Follow his Twitter for more updates on the comic; you could also check out my other site, Bryan Fuller Online.

Edit: The colored page has now been posted. Enjoy!

“I’m happy [Pushing Daisies is] off the air,” Lee says

Apr 6

The Daily caught up with Lee Pace at the after-party of Henry’s Crime the other night, where they informed him about “Pushing Daisies” trending on Twitter worldwide. Here’s his response regarding the show, and how he manages to finagle nachos from a few fans in Vancouver.

ABC’s dearly departed series “Pushing Daisies” was trending on Twitter this week (two years after its cancellation), but its star Lee Pace didn’t know until Flash told him at the Cinema Society-hosted after-party for Keanu Reeves’ new movie Henry’s Crime in New York on Monday night. Despite fans’ desperate attempts to save the show, Pace admitted: “I’m happy it’s off the air, because it was so much work.” By contrast, he just wrapped the latest Twilight movie, which he described as “the easiest job ever.” And the off-set perks were pretty good too. “The fans camp outside the hotel,” Pace said. “I was really stoned and they offered me some nachos, in exchange for a picture. Seemed like a fair deal.”

Will There be a “Pushing Daisies” Movie?

Apr 3

While at San Francisco’s WonderCon on Friday, April 1st, Bryan Fuller spoke to AssignmentX and mentioned how he’d like to see the future of “Pushing Daisies” unfold:

“I am really emboldened by what Starz is doing with TORCHWOOD and I would love to do a PUSHING DAISIES mini-series on Starz,” Fuller says. “This would be a great way to wrap up the show properly. [We could] do six great episodes or even a PUSHING DAISIES movie. But I kind of like the idea of a Starz mini-series since they really embraced TORCHWOOD.”

Now, today, while conversing with “Daisies” star Kristin Chenoweth over Twitter, Fuller seemed to drop big news. After Chenoweth Tweeted to “write the movie!!! We all wanna do it!” Fuller responded by saying, “It’s on the docket!” Does this mean we can anticipate a “Pushing Daisies” movie or mini-series? It looks like something is already in the works.

Gallery Additions: HQ Picture Update

Mar 6

Phew! I have finally worked on the gallery some more, replacing many images with high-quality versions. All “Pushing Daisies” stills and promo shots are now HQ! Some pictures from public appearances throughout the years have also been upgraded. Additionally, I’ve also added an old photo shoot (above). I ask that you please do not re-post any portion of this update. If you’d like to see the full list of updated albums, see below:

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