Transgender actress, ABC show get boot

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According to The Hollywood Reporter, ABC has decided not to order more episodes of three shows: Eli Stone, Dirty Sexy Money, and Pushing Daisies. Though the network is not using the word “cancellation,” it is highly unlikely the shows will be back next year. This marks the end of Candice Cayne’s run as network TV’s first regularly appearing transgender actress playing a transgender character on Money. This also leaves Marc Cherry’s Desperate Housewives, Greg Berlanti’s Brothers & Sisters, and Silvio Horta’s Ugly Betty as shows on ABC run by gay writers.

Pushing Daisies was created by out writer Bryan Fuller, whose last two series, Dead Like Me and Wonderfalls, both had short runs despite critical acclaim. Fuller heard the news from the Reporter before he heard from the network, but said he had been playing phone tag with executives. He told the paper, “I’m grateful to everyone and for everyone who brought the show to life and for the very loyal audience that embraced us. If we are indeed dead on ABC, we now have to convince DC Comics to let us tell the rest of the season’s story lines out in comic book form and convince Warner Bros. features to let Pushing Daisies live again as a movie.”

Daisies is produced by Dan Jinks and Bruce Cohen, whose film Milk will be released this month. Jinks told The Advocate,” I’m incredibly proud to have been associated with one of the most innovative shows that TV has seen in years. I will miss the genius of Pushing Daisies creator Bryan Fuller and the most talented cast of actors I’ve ever known.”

Greg Berlanti served as executive producer on both Stone and Money.

Read the full story from the Advocate.


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