Anna Friel, who starred as the undead Chuck in ABC's Pushing Daisies, told reporters that the final episode of the series offers a small resolution, but not as wonderful a resolution as the ultimate ending that creator Bryan Fuller had planned.
Friel participated in a group interview last week in Hollywood while promoting Land of the Lost. The following Q&A features edited excerpts of the interview. ABC is airing the final three episodes of Daisies Saturday nights at 10 p.m. (Spoilers ahead!)
Is the finale resolved?
Friel: Look, the real ending, how his brain works, he'd had it planned out for over a few years. The real ending was just so beautiful and touching, what we first discussed. This is lovely. Chuck gets to actually see the aunts. She gets to see her aunts and knocks on the door and you find out what happened to Olive. I don't want to ruin it. Anyway, you'll see.
You know what would've happened to Chuck down the line?
Friel: I do, and it was lovely. My favorite characters were always Lily and Vivian, the aunts, and I was desperate. I would be so jealous of [my co-stars] going to the house and scenes with the aunts, and I thought, "As soon as they know Chuck's alive, I can start doing that."
Are you involved in any continuing plans for the characters?
Friel: They are doing a comic thing, and I know it's always his dream to do some kind of film version. Whether that actually comes to fruition, we'll have to see.
Why do you think the show struggled?
Friel: I think the strike had a lot to do with a lot of shows, because it's not your average show, and it was just starting to pick up momentum, to take something off the air for a year and to have to re-find those viewers. And I think it was quite a complex storyline. It wasn't something that you could just go, "Oh, we'll turn it on." Because the whole procedural element made sure you had to really, really listen. I don't know; I can't answer that. Maybe there just weren't enough fans. The fans that were there [were] loyal and strong and true and avid fans, but maybe it just didn't capture people's imagination in the way it should have done. But if I really knew the answer to that, I'd be running a network.
Do you have a pitch to get people to watch the last three?
Friel: I don't think that's my job. They haven't asked us to go out and do promotion for it. I think the fans that we left off with will be the fans that will come back and watch the final three. Although it was a short run of a series, I read a journalist from USA Today or something, and he put it really nicely. He said it'll be a show that lasts forever, didn't run long but will last forever. It was such a daring and creative project to do in the first place, and hopefully it's opened up doors for TV to become more adventurous and have those budgets plowed into them.