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ABC delivers 'Pushing Daisies,' 'Dirty Sexy Money' and 'Eli Stone' bad news softly

It's a given: breaking up is hard to do, especially when it's not mutual.

But does it have to be this complicated? It's been one wacky afternoon in TV Land. ABC President of Entertainment Steve McPherson has been busy calling the executive producers of "Pushing Daisies," "Dirty Sexy Money" and "Eli Stone" to let them down gently about their shows coming to an end.

Except that McPherson didn't use the crass "You're canceled" terms and instead talked in soft, loving terms about his appreciation for the shows, despite the fact that he was not ordering more episodes. Other ABC officials said the door was left open for a possible reconciliation, but the producers clearly interpreted the conversations differently.

"He was very complimentary and thanked everyone for putting their first foot forward," "Daisies" creator Bryan Fuller said. "He never said we're canceled but that was the gist of it. He said they're proud of the show and not ordering episodes at this time. I could read between the lines and interpret that the door could be open in the future but I think that the gist of that is that we weren't going to be moving forward on ABC."

Greg Berlanti, who produces "Eli Stone" and "Dirty Sexy Money," who was not at the meeting, must have read his conversation with McPherson the same way because two other producers gathered the cast and crew to let them know they will need to find other jobs.  It was not clear if Berlanti, who could not be reached for comment immediately, had also informed the cast and crew of "Dirty Sexy Money."

ABC plans to run the 13 produced episodes of each series.

"No absolute finality was given but stranger things have happened because you see what happened with 'Jericho,'" Fuller said. (The CBS show was canceled after its first season and then renewed when fans bombarded CBS with peanuts as a sign of support. It was canceled again after its second season.)

Fuller acknowledge that everyone who worked on the show will begin looking for new jobs, which would make it hard for the "door to stay open." He already has his next gig lined up: returning to "Heroes," where he worked as a writer in the NBC show's first season. He also has begun thinking about turning his sweet fairy tale into a movie.

"It's hard not to be disappointed but I'm walking away with a stronger feeling of pride and gratitude," Fuller said.

--Maria Elena Fernandez

THIS JUST IN: An employee of "Dirty Sexy Money" has confirmed the show also will shut down after production is complete on its 13 episodes.

 
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"Pushing Daisies" is a great show, and I knew when they did nothing with it after the writer's strike, that it would be in trouble. Nearly every other show ran reruns, restrospectives, etc. to keep interest up. It's a quirky show and they risked losing the fan base with such a long absence, which evidently they did lose. ABC pulled a boner with this, I will miss the show.

NOOOOOOOOOO!

How can Two and a Half men live on while these, amazing shows get the ax?

NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!! I loved Pushing Daisies! It's quirky and cute. That sucks! And I really liked Eli Stone too!

I hate you ABC!

OMG. Not Dirty Sexy Money. Dammit. Come on, ABC. Keep one of them -- that one. DSM. You can do it.

I hope Bravo or AMC picks up these great shows--like MadMen, they are obviously too good for Network TV.

I am absolutely heartbroken that they cancelled Pushing Daisies. There was nothing like it on the air and it was a show that I could watch with my 12 year old son. It was beautiful to look at and a very smart show.

F, F, F!

Eli Stone is a very good show, and looked to be getting better. Great lead, a very good supporting cast, and an overall tone that was special. When shows like this, Wonderfalls, and Firefly can get killed so easily, all I can say is: television executives suck. It's frustrating to get involved in these shows only to have them axed in their youthful prime. Bleh. Makes you want to not watch until the shows are established, then do catchup on DVD.

Very disappointed.

I, too, am a fan of Pushing Daisies . . . that's the problem with funny, quirky, intelligent shows that require thinking on the part of the audience: they don't appeal to the lowest common denominator, so never develop sufficient viewership.

REALLY? Why would you take DIRTY SEXY MONEY off but leave all of the other crap shows on?? DSM was the ONLY show I looked forward to watching every week. This blows.

ABC: Keep "Pushing Daisies"!

I was really really really hoping Eli Stone would at least get a show of faith from the network. I expected the worst with Pushing Daisies, and Dirty Sexy Money (been reading cancellation rumors regarding them pretty much since their new season launched at the beg of oct.) but with Eli Stone I really felt there was real growth potential there. There was a very real audience for that show and I fully believe that Eli could've been a fantastic grower if given the full season. ALso with Boston Legal leaving--i perhaps foolishly thought that maybe ABC would want at least one legal show left on .

Seriously tho--Eli Stone had a real heart and a real soul to it that I'm gonna miss tremendously. Against my bettter judgment I think I fell pretty hard for it over this past year. What stinks even more is that if ABC would've left it where it was....it would've grown in January when Scrubs gets moved right in front of it. Call me crazy but that audience for Scrubs would've fed in nicely to Eli Stone. It would've just made too much sense of course for ABC to leave it where it was tho. OF course.

What is ABC even gonna put in that timeslot tho? I mean with Without a Trace and SVU battling it out in that timeslot---does ABC really think that anything they put in that slot could actually do better automatically? they really should have just left ELI Stone on and let it simmer at a low boil until they could get a real sense of if there was or was not growth in its audience....because once again I guarantee you the audience for Scrubs would've found it appealing...and it would've become a word of mouth hit. argh.

NOOO!!! I've never been so sad about a show cancellation until now. "Pushing Daisies" will be sorely missed.

Are you kidding me? You're canceling "Pushing Daisies," an Emmy-nominated show from the brilliant mind of Bryan Fuller? For what? "Scrubs?" More episodes of "According to Jim?" There is nothing like "Pushing Daisies" on television. Way to blow it, ABC.

You want to know why CBS is so successful? It's because the Eye doesn't replace its most creative shows with crap.

I cannot believe they are going to cancel Dirty Sexy Money. I look forward to Wed nights just to watch DSM. The story line is great, the actors are great. I have not seen a show this good in a long time. I will be very disappointed to not watch my favorite show next season. I waited so long for DSM to come back on and now you are going to take it away :(

Please don't take away Dirty Sexy Money!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

This blows. Why Pushing Daisies?? I don't think it's suffering that much and it's different from all the cookie cutter shows out there. I love how all the shows I like are canceled. Thanks so much ABC.

why? I just dont get the reason,, they didnt state a reason, is it financial issues or do they have better shows for the future? you shouldnt just be able to cancel 3 shows for no reason... especially not dirty sexy money... DSM i will miss you... Darlings Rule

ABC needs to get its head out of the toilet. 'Pushing Daisies' is a wonderful show.

ABC...COME ON...ELI STONE AND DSM ARE TWO OF THE BEST SHOWS ON TELEVISION. IT SEEMS TO ME THAT YOU CAN SOMEHOW SWITCH TIMES, DAYS WHATEVER IT TAKES TO KEEP THESE TWO SHOWS GOING. THEY ARE BOTH EXTREMELY FUN, INTELLIGENT AND THANK G-D NOT A REALITY SHOW.
THINK ABOUT IT, PLEASE.

WE - WANT- SEXY - MONEY, WE - WANT - SEXY - MONEY! WE - WANT- SEXY - MONEY, WE - WANT - SEXY - MONEY! WE - WANT- SEXY - MONEY, WE - WANT - SEXY - MONEY!

PLEASE DON'T CANCEL DIRTY SEXY MONEY. THERE'S GOT TO BE SOMETHING YOU CAN DO.

Thank you ABC for removing the shows Pushing Daisies and Eli Stone. So what if they're wonderful shows that a number of people love? So what if they recieved great reviews and nods? So what if they're different than the other shows becuase of their vibe?
I mean who wants to watch a pie maker bring the dead back to life, solve their murders, and at the same time avoid touching his girlfriend because if he accidentally does, she'll go back to dead? So what if we never find out what the connection does his father, her father, and that guy determined to find the pocket watch really is? Why not let it end with us scratching our heads, that they're just really old commrades? Why should we bother learning about the missing daughter of a hot headed PI with a taste for Chinese food and dog breeders? Let the origins of the girl and her whereabouts be a total dead end. Why should we want to learn how the pie maker and his girlfriend finally get that hug? Or when her mother will find out she was alive? Or her mother's sister find out about her sister's horrid act? Or why should we find out the whereabouts of the pie maker's father?
And why do we care if the lawyer/prophet's visions of come true? So what if we don't find his unstiffness refreshing from the normal law shows out there? So what if he's a character we actually would love to see win?
So what if people do love those shows?


Gotcha! Of course I'm mad! How can you? ABC! Think about it! Gossip Girl gets less ratings than Pushing Daisies, why take it away? Please oh please don't! Or I will find a way to keep those two shows on air!

PS. I've only seen a few episodes of Dirty Sexy Money, and they are better than two and a half men, scrubs, or according to jim.
PS PS Why would you even consider cancelling great shows?

 
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