Consolation prize– Pushing Daisies the comic?

I don’t know why I clicked on a MSNBC article about Mariah Carey needing 20 pieces of luggage for a 3 day trip but I found the following story added on at the end:

An exit strategy for ‘Pushing Daisies’

ABC’s Pushing Daisies definitely seems marked for execution unless ratings magically improve. But show creator Brian Fuller says he has a plan to resurrect the series should it meet an early demise.

The idea would be to finish out the season’s story arcs in comic books,” Fuller said at the Paley Center for Media on Nov. 11.

He said he hoped his writing staff, most of whom were present for the “Inside the Writers’ Room” panel, would be part of the project “to satisfy the fans and ourselves, to finish up the stories we’d love to tell.”

Warner Bros. Television, which produces the series, is a corporate sibling to DC Comics, which would be the likely publisher, Fuller said. Interestingly, Fuller then said that doing so would clear the slate for a movie.

Daisies will wrap the final episode of its 13-episode order Nov. 13, and there’s no word yet about whether an order for nine additional episodes is coming. A rep for ABC says that a decision doesn’t have to be made until January.

So essentially, PUSHING DAISIES would go the BUFFY route, telling a season of stories in comic books.  For some reason, this whole thing is sitting wrong with me.  Now I’ve never really watched PUSHING DAISIES but I’ve heard it’s a fine show and everything but what makes them really think that if they can’t find an audience on television that they’d find that audience in comics?

I understand Fuller’s desire to tell his story but, from a business POV, I wonder how much sense this would make for Warners and DC.  DC’s most recent foray into television-based comics FRINGE seems DOA.  The last successful adaptation book that DC (more specifically their Wildstorm imprint)s seems to have pulled off is the first HEROES hardcover, collecting the webcomic that was running simultaneously to the first season of the show.  FRINGE? CHUCK?  I’m not commenting on the quality of the books but the television audience doesn’t appear to be making the leap over to the comics.

BUFFY is the only example of a recent comic showing up after the cancellation of a show that’s been successful but that’s probably due more to the name Whedon than Buffy.  While BUFFY was a fan favorite show, somehow Whedon’s stature as a geek god only rose after the cancellation of BUFFY and by the time he returned to her in comic form, his name had much higher street cred in comic shops.  Fuller doesn’t have that recognition that would help drive a comic book.

The other problem I have is the seeming attitude of if it fails as a television show, there’s always comics to fall back on.  When did comics become television’s backup?  There have always been adaptations of television shows but when did it become “if my show is cancelled, I’ll go to comics?”  There are plenty of comics out there more interesting than a failed TV show.  If Fuller does this, just remember that comics will now become the consolation prize to failed television writers (henceforth called “The Loeb Factor) and we’ll be around for them until the next great television show pops up on their radar and they run back to ABC or NBC or CBS.

Personally, I’m waiting for Alton Brown’s Good Eats to become a comic book.  Then I’ll believe in the Loeb Factor.

note:  For the record, I don’t hate Jeph Loeb as much as most comic fans do.  He’s produced some great comics, some mediocre comics and some stuff that’s garbage but at least he has THE LONG HALLOWEEN on his resume.

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