By Ernio Hernandez
28 Nov 2007
The episode, which also features guests Molly Shannon ("Saturday Night Live") and Michael White ("The School of Rock"), will air at a special time at 9 PM (ET). Check local listings.
An ABC synopsis for the episode, entitled "Bitter Sweets," reads: "A vindictive taffy shop owner (Shannon) sets up shop down the street from The Pie Hole, determined to drive Ned out of business by any means necessary."
Esparza reprises his turn as Alfredo Aldarisio, a salesman who specializes in homeopathic remedies for depression. The actor has appeared on Broadway in Company, Taboo, Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, Cabaret and The Rocky Horror Show — earning Tony nominations for his work in the first two. He has also appeared onstage in tick, tick . . . BOOM!, The Normal Heart, Sunday in the Park with George and Merrily We Roll Along.
Bryan Fuller ("Heroes," "Wonderfalls") created the new hour-long series "Pushing Daisies," which plays Wednesdays at 8 PM (ET). (Check local listings.)
Tony Award winners Kristin Chenoweth and Swoosie Kurtz as well as fellow stage actors Lee Pace, Anna Friel and Ellen Greene appear in the series. Jim Dale provides the show's narration.
Billed as a "blend of romance, fantasy and mystery," "Pushing Daisies" follows a "forensic fairytale about Ned, a young man with a very special gift," according to a show description. "As a young boy Ned discovers that he can return the dead briefly back to life with just one touch. But his random gift isn't without deadly consequences… as he soon finds out."
Christopher Sieber (Spamalot) recently appeared as a guest star. Other stage alum to have played on the series include Barbara Barrie and Hamish Linklater.
For more information visit abc.com.