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News ABC Gives More Life to "Pushing Daisies," Featuring Tony Winner Chenoweth ABC has picked up the new television series "Pushing Daisies," featuring Tony Award winner Kristin Chenoweth and a number of stage veterans, according to

Bryan Fuller ("Heroes," "Wonderfalls") created the new hour-long series, which plays Wednesdays at 8 PM (ET). (Check local listings.) Barry Sonnenfeld ("Men in Black") directed the pilot and executive produces along with Dan Jinks, Bruce Cohen and Brooke Kennedy.

The series pulled in 13.03 million viewers for its Oct. 3 premiere. It garnered 10.26 and 9.75 million viewers in subsequent weeks. According to the report, ABC will now present nine additional episodes for a season total of 22.

Tony winners Kristin Chenoweth and Swoosie Kurtz as well as fellow stage actors Lee Pace, Anna Friel and Ellen Greene appear in the series.

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."

Pace (Small Tragedy, The Guardians) stars as Ned opposite Friel (original star of Closer) and Chi McBride ("Boston Public," "The Nine"). Chenoweth (Wicked, The Apple Tree) plays a featured role along with fellow stage leading ladies Greene (Little Shop of Horrors, Side Man) and Kurtz (Frozen, Fifth of July). Jim Dale (The Threepenny Opera) provides the show's narration. Raúl Esparza (Company) recently appeared as a guest star. Among the list of upcoming featured players include Hamish Linklater and Barbara Barrie.

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