Today’s post is one of those that started in the “drafts” folder with exclamation marks and attempts at sentences and not much else. But this wasn’t writers block, kittens. Oh, no. Blame for the lack of my usual loquaciousness belongs squarely at the feet of the subject of today’s post, one of the few gentlemen in my life who can make me get all, like, non-verbal and stuff.
Everyone, say hello to Lee Grinner Pace.
Lee and I were destined to be together – here at The Blog of Funny Names, I mean – since the momentous occasion of his birth in the town of Chickasha, Oklahoma. A fellow drama geek, Lee temporarily dropped out of high school to join a theatre company, but returned to complete his degree and get accepted to the acting department of a little institution called The Julliard School. As if my little theatre-loving soul wasn’t his already, Lee cemented his status as one of the most important men in my life – here at The Blog of Funny Names, I mean – by earning nominations for not one, but two, Lucille Lortel Awards for his work off-Broadway.
Lee’s film work is as varied as my taste in men, and he’s had roles in everything from the “Twilight” franchise to “Miss Pettigrew Lives for a Day”, but I love him the most for what he did for me in my living room.
Ahem. On television, kittens.
From 2007 to 2009, Lee was the star of “Pushing Daisies” which is maybe one of my most favourite television shows ever in the history of television, which is saying something. The series received 17 Primetime Emmy nominations and seven wins over the course of its two seasons, and the fact that it was cancelled keeps me up at night. Lee plays Ned, a quiet baker who spends his days quietly baking at The Pie Hole. Ned has an ordinary name and an extraordinary gift – his touch can bring people back from the dead. But this gift comes with strings, as gifts like this often do – if he brings a person back to life for more than 60 seconds, someone else has to die in their place. And if he touches someone he brought back to life again, they’ll die again, and irreversibly this time. Sound dark? It is, sort of. I say “sort of” partly because the show is shot like this:
and partly because it’s also busting at the seams with wit and charm and wonderful-ness. My friend Kelly, who understands my love of fictional characters perfectly because she blogs about her own, can describe it better than I can:
The pilot episode of Pushing Daisies is named “Pie-Lette,” so let no one say they don’t know exactly what they’re getting into when they start this show. Pushing Daisies is cute. But it’s cute as seen through the eyes of the man who created Hannibal, so it’s also morbid and self-aware and different from anything else out there. ‘Pushing Daisies’ recap: Does he touch you? from the EW.com Community
But I saved the best thing about “Pushing Daisies” for last. The three most important people in Ned’s life are named: Charlotte “Chuck” Charles, Emerson Cod, and Olive Snook. And they are in Every. Single. Episode.