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Laffy Taffy: Molly Shannon Heads to "Pushing Daisies"

Pushing Daisies has been on a roll these past few months. Besides for being the most eagerly anticipated new series this fall, the drama has had two of the highest-profile guest star casting announcements so far.

In addition to the previously announced Paul Reubens (who'll play homeopathic anti-depressant salesman Alfredo Aldarisio), TV Guide's Michael Ausiello has revealed that Pushing Daisies has secured former SNL cast member Molly Shannon for a multiple-episode arc this fall.

Shannon, who guest starred on 30 Rock last season and starred in NBC's pilot for The Mastersons of Manhattan, will play Dilly Balsam, the proprietor of a saltwater taffy shop across the street from our hero Ned's Pie Hole. (The restaurant, I mean, not his, er, actual pie hole.)

Shannon's first appearance is scheduled for November sweeps and she'll appear in an as-yet-undetermined amount of episodes of Pushing Daisies' first season. Teehee. I'm laughing out loud already.

Pushing Daisies premieres Wednesday, October 4th, at 8 pm ET/PT on ABC.

What's On Tonight

8 pm: Survivor: China (CBS); My Name is Earl (NBC); Beauty & the Geek (CW; 8-10 pm); Ugly Betty (ABC); Are You Smarter Than a 5th Grader? (FOX)

9 pm: CSI: Crime Scene Investigation (CBS); The Office (NBC); Grey's Anatomy (ABC); Don't Forget the Lyrics (FOX)

10 pm: Without a Trace (CBS); Dateline (NBC); Men in Trees (ABC)

What I'll Be Watching

9 pm: The Office.

On tonight's repeat episode of The Office ("The Job"), Michael is up for a promotion at Dunder-Mifflin Corporate and decides to hold a day of Survivor-inspired challenges at the beach as a means of choosing his successor, leading a jealous Pam to watch Jim and Karen from the sidelines.

10-11 pm: It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia on FX.

FX's hilariously subversive comedy It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia continues tonight with two back-to-back episodes. On the first ("Dennis and Dee's Mom is Dead"), Dennis and Dee's caustic mother has died but the bad news is that she gave all of her money to a do-gooder ex-lover (guest star Stephen Collins) while Dennis turns her former home into a party mansion. On the second ("The Gang Gets Held Hostage"), the bar is invaded by the McPoyles and the gang taken hostage (with hilarious results) while Frank attempts to find his hidden will.

10 pm: Tim Gunn's Guide to Style on Bravo.

See the style maven make it work on his own fashion series, where he and supermodel Veronica Webb take on one hapless fashion victim and make them over into a sartorial superstar. On tonight's episode, Tim and Veronica take on the challenge of remolding a former prom queen who is about to turn 30.


Anonymous said…

And I'm glad she's not dead. ;)
Cool! She is a great match for the show. Hopefully she's in a few eps. I can't wait!
Anonymous said…
Wait, Anna Friel, Molly Shannon, and Paul Reubens? You are torturing me now. I can't wait for Pushing Daisies to start!!

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