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10 Surprisingly Canceled TV Shows

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'Pushing Daisies'
The 2008-2009 writers' strike interrupted the trajectory of numerous shows and 'Pushing Daisies' became one of the unfortunate casualities. Scott Garfield/Getty Images
The 2008-2009 writers' strike interrupted the trajectory of numerous shows and 'Pushing Daisies' became one of the unfortunate casualities. Scott Garfield/Getty Images

Apple pie, peach pie, banana cream, cherry pie: ABC's "Pushing Daisies" is about a talented baker who makes yummy pastries. He also brings living things back to life by touching them. To complicate matters, if he lays hands on a second time, death returns. The pie man's side gig doesn't affect his business much, but it's frustrating when he resurrects the love of his life and can't even hold her hand. The show opened to much critical acclaim for its inventive, engaging pilot, great casting and entertaining writing. The pies were awesome, too.

Unfortunately during the second season, the 2008 to 2009 writers' strike interrupted the flow of the show and it never recovered. The series was canceled early in November, though all episodes aired. But never say "die." In 2014, show creator Bryan Fuller announced he was collaborating with Warner Brothers to bring "Pushing Daisies" back as movie or Broadway musical. Bring on the pie!