This show is like nothing you have ever seen before. And that is a good thing.
It is the story of the Pie Maker aka Ned (Lee Pace). To the world, he is best known as the owner of The Pie Hole, where he serves delicious pies with his assistant/waitress, Olive (Kristen Chenoweth).
But Ned has a secret. With his touch, he can bring the dead back to life. Of course, there are some conditions. If he touches them again, they are dead for ever and ever. And if he doesn't touch them again in one minute, someone else nearby dies instead.
Since The Pie Hole doesn't pay all the bills, Ned works with private investigator Emerson Cod (Chi McBride). He brings murder victims back to life to find out who killed them, then the two split the reward.
Everything is going along fine until the next murder victim is the girl he calls Chuck, aka Charlotte Charles (Anna Friel). Chuck was Ned's childhood sweetheart, and he just can't bear to let her die, so he keeps her alive. While the two build a non-touch romance, Chuck's two aunts, Vivian and Lily (Ellen Greene and Swoosie Kurtz) mourn her death.
But Chuck's death is just the beginning of the weird cases. There are the human crash test dummies, the dog breeder with four wives, the bodies in the snowmen, and the exploding scratch and sniff book. And that doesn't even mention my favorite case, the headless horseman who is after Olive.
So by now I'm sure you've figured out just how weird this show really is. But it is so much fun, too. While it is a mystery, the mysteries are only a background to explore the relationships of the characters in the show. Each week, those relationships advance, grow, and change. You never know just where they will wind up.
And that's not to mention the look of the show. Every set and costume uses bright colors and vivid light. The show was made for HD, and I can't wait to watch it on my new HD-TV. Plus the make up on the dead bodies is outstanding. If they don't win some Emmys for make up, something is seriously wrong.
And I must admit, I love the show's humor. The lines come fast and furious with plenty of banter, especially between Ned and Chuck. Jim Dale is also in the cast as the omniscient narrator, and he adds his own touch to the show.
Yes, this show is quirky and odd. But please don't let that stop you. Get this set and give it a try. You'll be hook on the quirky before you know what hit you.