Drop Dead Diva

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Drop Dead Diva
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GenreComedy-drama
Fantasy
Legal Drama
Created byJosh Berman
StarringBrooke Elliott
Margaret Cho
April Bowlby
Kate Levering
Jackson Hurst
Josh Stamberg
Ben Feldman
Lex Medlin
Carter MacIntyre
Theme music composerScott Starrett
Country of originUnited States
Language(s)English
No. of seasons4
No. of episodes52 (List of episodes)
Production
Executive producer(s)Josh Berman
Jason Geigerman
Neil Meron
David Petrarca
Craig Zadan
Location(s)Atlanta, Georgia
Camera setupSingle-camera
Running time45–48 minutes
Production company(s)Sony Pictures Television
Osprey Productions
Post Road Productions
Broadcast
Original channelLifetime
Original runJuly 12, 2009 – Present
External links
Website
 
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Drop Dead Diva
Drop Dead Diva intertitle.png
Drop Dead Diva Inter-title
GenreComedy-drama
Fantasy
Legal Drama
Created byJosh Berman
StarringBrooke Elliott
Margaret Cho
April Bowlby
Kate Levering
Jackson Hurst
Josh Stamberg
Ben Feldman
Lex Medlin
Carter MacIntyre
Theme music composerScott Starrett
Country of originUnited States
Language(s)English
No. of seasons4
No. of episodes52 (List of episodes)
Production
Executive producer(s)Josh Berman
Jason Geigerman
Neil Meron
David Petrarca
Craig Zadan
Location(s)Atlanta, Georgia
Camera setupSingle-camera
Running time45–48 minutes
Production company(s)Sony Pictures Television
Osprey Productions
Post Road Productions
Broadcast
Original channelLifetime
Original runJuly 12, 2009 – Present
External links
Website

Drop Dead Diva is an American legal comedy-drama/fantasy television series that debuted on Lifetime on July 12, 2009.[1] The hour-long series, which was created by Josh Berman, is produced by Sony Pictures Television. The series stars Brooke Elliott as Jane, a plus size lawyer whose body is inhabited by the soul of a fashion model.

On September 22, 2011, Drop Dead Diva was renewed for a fourth season, which premiered on June 3, 2012.[2]

Contents

Plot

The series revolves around a blonde vapid aspiring model, Deborah "Deb" Dobkins (played by Brooke D'Orsay), who is killed in a car crash on the way to an audition for The Price Is Right. As her soul enters the gates of Heaven she finds herself being judged by a gatekeeper named Fred (Ben Feldman). He declared her a "zero-zero", she has performed zero good deeds and zero bad acts during her time on earth due to her shallowness. Deb tries to argue this and sees a note on Fred's computer precautioning angels from pressing the "return" key. Deb presses the return key on Fred's keyboard before he can stop her in hopes of going back to Earth. Deb gets her wish, but is brought back to life in the body of a recently deceased lawyer named Jane Bingum (Brooke Elliott), who died protecting her boss, Jay Parker (Josh Stamberg). Jane is the complete opposite of Deb; she is brilliant, hard-working, charitable, and overweight. Deb finds that Jane also works in the same law firm, Harrison-Parker, as Deb's boyfriend Grayson Kent (Jackson Hurst). She immediately tells her best friend Stacy (April Bowlby) of her predicament, and prepares herself to tell Grayson, but Fred appears and stops her. He tells Deb that as punishment for allowing her to press the return button, he is forced to become her guardian angel on Earth and he cannot allow her to tell anybody else that she is Deb in Jane's body. The show is centered on the concept of Deb learning valuable lessons about personal acceptance and inner beauty as she finds out more about her inherited life. This includes now working around the former love of her life as he tries to grieve and move on from Deb's passing, and contending with her professional rival at the firm, Kim Kaswell (Kate Levering).

Cast

Main cast

Recurring cast

Guest stars

Many celebrities have made guest appearances on the show. Among them are: Quinton Aaron, Candice Accola, Clay Aiken, Louis Van Amstel, Diedrich Bader, Lance Bass, Amanda Bearse, Delta Burke, Danielle Campbell, Bruce Davison, David Denman, Patty Duke, Jorja Fox, Vivica A. Fox, Tony Goldwyn, Elliott Gould, Nancy Grace, Kathy Griffin, Tim Gunn, Deidre Hall, Valerie Harper, Gregory Harrison, Howard Hesseman, Star Jones, Kim Kardashian, Rami Kashou, Ricki Lake, Sharon Lawrence, Mario Lopez, Chad Lowe, MacKenzie Mauzy, Abby Lee Miller, Seamus Dever, Liza Minnelli, Tyler Jacob Moore, Mark Moses, Kathy Najimy, Jake Pavelka, Teri Polo, Susan May Pratt, John Ratzenberger, Crystal Reed, LeAnn Rimes, Romy Rosemont, Tony Sears, Cybill Shepherd, Jamie-Lynn Sigler, Wanda Sykes, Jennifer Tilly, Gina Torres, Steve Valentine, Nia Vardalos, Dylan Walsh, Wendy Williams, Chuck Woolery, Nick Zano, Serena Williams, and Maddie Ziegler.

Production

This series, which is being shot in Peachtree City, Georgia, and Senoia, Georgia, even though its background setting is Los Angeles, California, was originally planned for Fox, but the studio passed after seeing the pilot. According to Berman, "It's a cross between Freaky Friday and Heaven Can Wait," calling it a "life-affirming dramedy". He adds that in Hollywood, "beauty has been defined as size 2 and under 25; hopefully we can help redefine the paradigm".[6]

Episodes

SeasonsEpisodesOriginally airedDVD release date
Season premiereSeason finaleRegion 1Region 2Region 4
113July 12, 2009October 11, 2009June 1, 2010[7]June 28, 2010[8]June 2, 2010[9]
213June 6, 2010August 29, 2010May 3, 2011[10]N/AN/A
313June 19, 2011September 25, 2011May 29, 2012[11]N/AN/A
413June 3, 2012September 9, 2012N/AN/AN/A

Broadcast

The show airs on Sky Living in the UK & Ireland and Go! in Australia.[citation needed]

In Canada, the show's first two seasons aired on Showcase Diva, the third season appeared on Slice. Beginning September 2, 2012, the fourth season will air on Lifetime (a rebranded Showcase Diva).

In the United States, the show airs every Sunday on Lifetime at 9 p.m. starting June 6, 2010, for its second season.[citation needed]

In Bulgaria, the show`s first two seasons aired on bTV at 16:00.

The series airs in The Netherlands on RTL 5 in spring 2011. The series airs in Poland on Polsat from fall 2010 (Saturdays around noon). Season 1 & 2 aired from Wednesday 9 February 2011 in New Zealand on TV 2. In Japan, the show airs on WOWOW and season 2 will start in Fall. In Mexico, the show airs on Sony Channel. In Brazil, the series airs on Sony Entertainment Television (cable TV) and TV Globo on the late night in Sunday. In France, the show airs on M6 and TEVA. In the Middle East, the shows airs on MBC 4. In Croatia, the show airs on Nova Tv on Saturday afternoon, under the title "Divno novo ruho". Also, the first three seasons are available on Netflix.

In the Philippines, the show is broadcasted in GMA News TV

Ratings

The show's premier episode scored a 1.6 overall and more than 2.8 million viewers tuning in.[12]

"Drop Dead Diva" scored its highest ratings ever among women 18–49 (2.0), a 25% increase over its season-to-date average, and women 25–54 (2.3), a 28% increase over its season-to-date average.

The show aired on the Nine Network in Australia but failed to achieve high ratings for the channel and was subsequently dropped in early September, then the following week began airing the series starting with the first episode again on Nine's digital GO! channel and now on TV1 (Foxtel pay TV) 19h30 Wednesdays. In October 2011, the show came back onto Nine's digital GEM channel, but episodes have been shown sporadically, sometimes on one week and not the next.

The show was later dropped due to bad ratings. This was released June 15 2012

In the UK, the show airs on Living and premiered on April 1, 2010, at 20h to 206,000 viewers, being the 7th most watched broadcast of the week on Living. An additional 129,000 viewers watched the premiere on Living's 1 hour timeshift service.[13] The second series premiered on Tuesday 7 September at 21h.[14] The third series started airing in September 2011 on the revamped Sky Living.[15] With the DVD release of the second series, in Region 2 is to be released in November over a year after its airing.[15]

Awards

Wins: GLAAD Media Award 2012 for Outstanding Individual Episode (in a series without a regular LGBT character) for the episode "Prom" in which Jane defends a same sex couple who want to attend their high school prom together. (They were awarded this as a part of tie with the episode "Beards" from Hot in Cleveland).[16]

Nominations: Image Award 2012 for Outstanding Directing in a Comedy Series - Kevin Hooks - For episode "Mother's Day."

GLAAD Media Award 2011 for Outstanding Individual Episode (in a series without a regular LGBT character) for the episode "Queen of Mean."

Prism Awards 2011 for Performance in a Comedy Series - Brooke Elliott.

Prism Awards 2011 for Performance in a Comedy Series - Faith Prince.

Image Award 2010 for Outstanding Directing in a Comedy Series - Michael Schultz - For episode "Second Chances."

NAMIC Vision Awards 2010 for Best Performance Comedy - Margaret Cho.

Satellite Awards 2009 for Best Actress in a Series, Comedy or Musical - Brooke Elliott.

DVD releases

DVD NameRegion 1 Release DateRegion 2 Release DateRegion 4 Release DateEp #DiscsAdditional Information
Season 1June 1, 2010[17]June 28, 2010[18]June 2, 2010[19]133Dreamisodes, Deleted Scenes, Rosie's Rap, Dropping in with Drop Dead Diva and Cho in Tell.
Season 2May 3, 2011[20]TBATBA133Drop Dead Dishing: The Cast and Crew on Season 2, A Look Ahead to Season 2, Is This Her Future?, It Wasn't a Meeting, Tell the Judge You Saw a Ghost, There's a Little Diva in all of Us!, Just Hear Us Out, Begin Again Music Video and Thunder From Down Under.
Season 3May 29, 2012[21]TBATBA133TBA

Soundtrack

A soundtrack for Drop Dead Diva was released on June 1, 2010, by Madison Gate Records.[22] It is titled Drop Dead Diva (Music from the Original Television Series). The tracklist includes music by Brooke Elliott, Margaret Cho, Ben Feldman, Scott Starrett, Confetti, Becca Jones, Platinum Pied Pipers, Lil' Wendy, Madi Diaz, Dri, Katie Herzig, Malbec and Joshua Morrison.

See also

References

  1. ^ Drop Dead Diva, The Futon Critic 
  2. ^ "Lifetime renews Drop Dead Diva for a fourth season", TV by the numbers, Zap2it, http://tvbythenumbers.zap2it.com/2011/09/22/lifetime-renews-drop-dead-diva-for-a-for-a-fourth-season/104645/ 
  3. ^ 'Drop Dead Diva' says goodbye for now to Fred from Gather.com (June 4, 2012)
  4. ^ Ng, Philiana (October 4, 2011), Drop Dead Diva, Lex Medlin season four, Hollywood reporter, http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/live-feed/drop-dead-diva-lex-medlin-season-four-243724 
  5. ^ http://www.cinemablend.com/television/Carter-MacIntyre-Undercovers-Joins-Drop-Dead-Diva-39825.html
  6. ^ Levin, Gary (May 11, 2009). "Lifetime's 'Drop Dead Diva' redefines beauty". USA Today. http://www.usatoday.com/life/television/news/2009-05-07-drop-dead-diva_N.htm. 
  7. ^ Drop Dead Diva Season 1 DVD Amazon US
  8. ^ Drop Dead Diva Season 1 DVD Amazon UK
  9. ^ http://www.jbhifionline.com.au/dvd/dvd-genres/drama-romance/drop-dead-diva-season-1-3-dvd-set/516203 DDD S01 R4
  10. ^ http://www.tvshowsondvd.com/news/Drop-Dead-Diva-Season-2/15047
  11. ^ http://tvshowsondvd.com/news/Drop-Dead-Diva-Season-3-Press-Release/16625
  12. ^ "Cable Ratings: ‘Drop Dead Diva’ Debut Knocks Out 2.8 Million Viewers". Broadcasting Cable. July 13, 2009. http://www.broadcastingcable.com/article/315061-Cable_Ratings_Drop_Dead_Diva_Debut_Knocks_Out_2_8_Million_Viewers.php?nid=2228&source=title&rid=5458374. 
  13. ^ , UK: Barb, August 26, 2010, http://www.barb.co.uk/ 
  14. ^ "Radio Times: Drop Dead Diva". August 26, 2010. http://www.radiotimes.com/ListingsServlet?event=10&channelId=197&programmeId=126433275&jspLocation=/jsp/prog_details.jsp. 
  15. ^ a b "Coming soon: Drop Dead Diva", Living, Sky, http://skyliving.sky.com/coming-soon/drop-dead-diva 
  16. ^ http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1280822/awards
  17. ^ Drop Dead Diva Season 1 DVD, US: Amazon, http://www.amazon.com/dp/B002N5N4DA 
  18. ^ Drop Dead Diva Season 1 DVD, UK: Amazon, http://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B003GAN4L8 
  19. ^ "Drop Dead Diva Season 1 3-disk set", DVD, AU: JB Hifi online, http://www.jbhifionline.com.au/dvd/dvd-genres/drama-romance/drop-dead-diva-season-1-3-dvd-set/516203 
  20. ^ Drop Dead Diva season 2, TV shows on DVD, http://www.tvshowsondvd.com/news/Drop-Dead-Diva-Season-2/15047 
  21. ^ Drop Dead Diva complete season, US: Amazon, http://www.amazon.com/Drop-Dead-Diva-Complete-Season/dp/B0058YPNPK/ref=sr_1_6?s=movies-tv&ie=UTF8&qid=1314661831&sr=1-6 
  22. ^ Amazon, http://www.amazon.com/dp/B003NSC6W6 

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