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Exclusive: 'Everwood' Grad Debra Mooney Joins 'Pushing Daisies'

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Admit it: The resemblance is uncanny.

Beloved Everwood curmudgeon Debra Mooney has been cast as Chi McBride’s

chain-smoking, no-nonsense mother on Pushing Daisies, sources confirm

to me exclusively. As of now, Mooney’s on board for one episode, but

I’m told the role has significant recurring potential. Of course, Debra

Mooney’s playing her, so how could it not?

As I first teased in this week’s Ask Ausiello, Mooney’s character,

Calista Cod, is one of the best private investigators in

the biz. She arrives for a visit with her boy (and ex-partner) Emerson,

and winds up helping him with a murder case. As the two begin to

reconnect, Mama discovers that her chip off the old block has been

keeping some vital information from her.

And before you ask, no, Calista’s not blind.