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House review coming tomorrow (really) [EDIT: hey, everybody lies, remember] but it’s been loooong days at work communicating to people that they need to seriously prepare for something that probably won’t come to pass. In the meantime, the upfronts are starting, when networks roll out their fall shows to advertisers, and it’s always a fun time to scan the headlines.

In more reliable news, the LA Times reports on the ABC shows announced today. One picked-up pilot, Pushing Daisies, was named by a possibly reputable source (or maybe it’s not … I can’t remember where I read this) as one of the best pilots ever for network TV. That may be an exaggeration – I can’t quite remember what I read, either – but it was highly complimentary, anyway. Here’s the LA Times description:

“Pushing Daisies” is about a baker who, besides making fabulous pies, has another gift. He can bring dead people briefly back to life. So he starts working with a private investigator, bringing back his childhood sweetheart from the dead, but then she won’t go back. Another formidable cast: Kristin Chenoweth, Anna Friel, Swoosie Kurtz, Chi McBride and Lee Pace as Ned, the gifted baker. Created by Bryan Fuller (“Dead Like Me,” “Wonderfalls,” and “Heroes”).

I’m sure I’ll add that to the PVR list in the fall, despite my reluctant aversion to Chi “Evil Vogler” McBride. One show that I’d also add, but its fate is yet to be determined, is the pilot by House creator David Shore and former House writer Peter Blake and starring Famke Janssen, called Winters, described on the Futon Critic from an NBC media release:

Detective Christie Winters knows how to read people, and one thing she knows for sure…everybody lies. The suspects, the cops, even the victims. She’s smart, sexy, tough-as-nails and willing to do whatever it takes to solve a case. But when she’s paired with Detective Luis Nelson, a man of faith who sees good in all people, Winters faces her greatest challenge yet. With no boundaries and a dark past to hide, the biggest mystery of all is…who is the real Christie Winters?

That doesn’t sound familiar at all.