It's been a while since the news came that both Eli Stone and Pushing Daisies, two of the most excitingly original genre shows for some time, have been cancelled in the US (and, since that's where they're made, all over the world) in an act that ought to be prosecuted under crimes against humanity.
It is perhaps ironic that humanity is what is at the heart of both of these shows. Despite Eli Stone being about lawyers and Pushing Daisies being about death both these shows are relentlessly optimistic.
And that's what probably killed them.
With Iraq and Guantanamo Bay and global financial meltdown and poverty and everything crashing down around our ears perhaps it isn't the time for a message of goodness and kindness and positivity to be heard and yet this is the message for our times. Surely there can't be a better time for people to be getting the message that we ought to be nice to each other, that tolerance and goodness and just plain being nice are good things.
Eli Stone and Pushing Daisies occasionally tipped into sentimentality and sludge, but they were sweet and lovely and the world is a poorer place without them.