ABC plants new crop of 'Daisies'


"Daisies" are in bloom at ABC.

The network has picked up the fantasy dramedy "Pushing Daisies" for a full season.

The back-nine order brings the total order to the Warner Bros. TV-produced freshman series to 22 episodes.

Additionally, ABC has ordered three more scripts from the rookie comedy "Carpoolers."

In its first three airings to date, "Daisies" has been a solid ratings performer, dominating its Wednesday 8-9 p.m. period in all key demos, including the adults 18-49 demographic. It also earned the strongest reviews of any new series this year.

"Daisies," which stars Lee Pace as a piemaker who can bring dead people back to life, is the second freshman ABC series to receive a full-season pickup following the order last week for the medical drama "Private Practice," which is "Daisies' " lead-out on Wednesday.

"Daisies" is executive produced by creator Bryan Fuller, director Barry Sonnenfeld (who helmed the pilot and Episode 1), Dan Jinks, Bruce Cohen and Brooke Kennedy.

ABC has introduced the strongest slate of new series so far, with a few more, including the comedy "Samantha Who?" and the drama "Dirty Sexy Money," also in contention for full-season pickups.

They are joined by "Carpoolers," whose additional script order is a promising sign that an episode order might follow. The single-camera comedy, starring Jerry O'Connell, Tim Peper, Fred Goss and Jerry Minor as four guys carpooling to work, hails from ABC Studios, DreamWorks TV and 3 Arts.

There has been no word on "Carpoolers' " companion in the Tuesday 8 p.m. hour, "Cavemen."