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"Drop Dead Diva" review by Suzanne
Premieres Sunday, June 19 at 9/8c on Lifetime

I love this show, and I'm glad it's come back for a third season. It is just so much fun. It has great actors, music, romance, great legal stories - just about everything you could want. It even has a touch of soap opera.

Last season ended with Grayson being hit by a car just after Jane told him that she was really Deb. We get to see the aftermath of that this season, in the very first episode. There is a really cool musical number, plus a visit from Paula Abdul.  Fred and Stacy's relationship progresses, and Kim and Parker have some patching up to do.

I can't really tell you much more without spoiling it for you. They sent me the first three episodes of the upcoming season, and I was very happy to see them. As always, the law cases were interesting, too, but the real draw is watching Jane be two people while she struggles with her relationships. I really advise you to watch it if you love good fun shows.




Series Stars Brooke Elliott and Margaret Cho

Guest Stars Include Paula Abdul, Robin Givens, LeeLee Sobieski, Jake Pavelka, Barry Watson and Natasha Henstridge


Lifetime Television's critically acclaimed series Drop Dead Diva will air a marathon of six episodes from season two on Saturday, June 18 starting at 11:00am ET/PT. All new and exciting guest star filled episodes of season three will premiere on Sunday, June 19 at 9:00pm ET/PT.

The one-hour, comedic drama tells the story of a shallow wannabe model who dies in a sudden accident only to find her soul resurfacing in the body of a brilliant, plus-size and recently deceased attorney, Jane (Brooke Elliott) Produced by Sony Pictures Television, the series also stars Margaret Cho, Jackson Hurst, Kate Levering, April Bowlby, Josh Stamberg and Ben Feldman.

The marathon schedule is as follows:

Episode 1: "Would I Lie?"

Guest Starring Paula Abdul, Devon Gummersall

Jane dreams she is in a big musical dance number, working at a food court alongside judge Paula Abdul. Back in reality, Jane is exactly where we left off last season: on the verge of being disbarred, and having discovered old Jane's secret husband Ethan (Devon Gummersall) on her doorstep. Meanwhile, Tony (David Denman) represents Jane at her disbarment hearing, but the case takes a big hit when Kim testifies against Jane. But when Tony learns about Ethan, will his relationship with Jane be able to weather the shocking news? CC HD [TVPG L]

Episode 2: "Begin Again"

Guest Starring Jamie Ray Newman

Jane helps Grayson defend one of the singers of a famous pop duo and they decide to team up with the lawyer defending the duos other accused star, an attractive woman named Vanessa. But when Grayson and Vanessa hit it off both in and out of the courtroom, Jane will have to keep her mind on the trial despite feeling like the third wheel. Parker and Kim agree to help a bed and breakfast owner when the inn receives an excessively negative review that they suspect may not be impartial. Fred flaunts his new dating life in hopes of getting Stacy's attention and making her jealous. Features guest star Jaime Ray Newman. CC HD [TVPG]

Episode 3: "Mother's Secret"

Guest Starring LeeLee Sobieski, Robin Givens, Sharon Lawrence, Jaime Ray Newman

When Deb's mom Bobbi requests Jane's help in a legal matter, Jane discovers Bobbi had secrets of her own while she takes on a case involving a lab technician who is accused of stealing lab secrets. Meanwhile, Kim and Grayson work on a custody case. CC HD [TVPG]

Episode 4: "Good Grief"

Guest Starring Barry Watson, Jake Pavelka, Jamie Ray Newman

Jane and Grayson take on a case involving a grieving man, coping with the loss of his wife by dressing as a clown. Parker and Kim represent a producer who is being sued by one of the participants on a reality dating show which leads Kim to question her own dating situation with Parker. Fred finally decides to tell Stacy how he feels about her. CC HD [TVPG]

Episode 5: "Bad Girls"

Guest Starring Jamie Ray Newman, Natasha Henstridge

Jane represents a young girl who is being cyber bullied by a popular girl in school. Parker's old partner in the firm, Claire Harrison, returns to enlist his help in her divorce but Kim takes the reigns on the case, only to discover Claire wants much more than a settlement. Grayson moves to the next level when he meets Vanessa's parents. CC HD [TVPG L]

Episode 6: "Freeze The Day"

Guest Starring Jamie Ray Newman, Natasha Henstridge

With Claire Harrison easing her way back into the firm, she partners with Kim on a case but proves she will stop at nothing to win, including pitting Kim's insecurities about Parker against her. Meanwhile, Stacy books a Fancy Feast commercial and Fred has to hid his jealously when she has to "kiss" her pretend husband. Jane and Grayson take on a case involving a woman who wants to be cryogenically frozen which leads them both to think about the passing of Deb and leads to a series of events that could change Jane and Grayson's lives forever. CC HD [TVPG V]

* Season 3 previously announced guest stars: LeAnn Rimes, Wendy Williams, Paula Abdul, Louis Van Amstel, Nick Zano, Mario Lopez, Tony Goldwyn, Jennifer Tilly, Howard Hesseman, Wanda Sykes, Lance Bass, Clay Aiken, Amanda Bearse, Kathy Griffin, Patti Stanger, Quintin Aaron and more.

* Catch up on DROP DEAD DIVA seasons 1 and 2 via iTunes,, Hulu (season 2 from May 19-June 19), Netflix (season 1)

* Season 2 DVD now available


Actress & Comedienne Wanda Sykes will Guest Star

Third Season Premieres this June

LOS ANGELES, CA - (April 5, 2011) - Stand up comedienne and actress Wanda Sykes has signed on to guest star for the third season of the hit LIFETIME dramedy series DROP DEAD DIVA, starring Brooke Elliott, in the fifth episode that was ripped straight from the headlines. Sykes will play the character of Judge Yvonne Wright, an eccentric judge who isn't amused and refuses to be swayed by Jane Bingum's (Elliott) courtroom theatrics.

This special episode was inspired by the real-life story of Mississippi high school student Constance McMillen, who was denied access to her prom because of her sexual orientation. Jane brings the case of two lesbians who were banned from attending their prom to Judge Wright. In a unique twist, McMillen will be on board to play a cameo role in Judge Wright's courtroom.

* Season 3 returns with previously announced guest stars: LeAnn Rimes, Wendy Williams, Paula Abdul, Louis Van Amstel, Nick Zano, Mario Lopez, Tony Goldwyn, Jennifer Tilly and Howard Hesseman.

* First four episodes of season 1 marathon airing on Friday, April 8th from 8 pm -12 AM on Lifetime featuring guest stars: Rosie O'Donnell, Sharon Lawrence, Sean Maher ("Serenity"), Mark Moses ("Mad Men"), Diedrich Bader ("Outsourced") and David Berman ("CSI").

* Catch up on DROP DEAD DIVA seasons 1 and 2 via iTunes,, Hulu (season 2 from May 19-June 19), Netflix (season 1)

* Season 2 DVD goes on-sale May 3

DROP DEAD DIVA tells the story of a shallow wannabe model who dies in a sudden accident only to find her soul resurfacing in the body of a brilliant, plus-size and recently deceased attorney, Jane. DROP DEAD DIVA stars Brooke Elliott ("Wicked," "Taboo"), Margaret Cho "Notorious C.H.O."), Jackson Hurst ("The Tree of Life"), Kate Levering ("Cashmere Mafia"), April Bowlby ("Two and a Half Men"), Josh Stamberg ("Lie to Me") and Ben Feldman ("The Perfect Man"). It is currently shooting in Atlanta, Georgia and will premiere on LIFETIME in June. DROP DEAD DIVA is created and written by Josh Berman, who serves as executive producer, along with Alex Taub, Craig Zadan and Neil Meron. It is produced by Sony Pictures Television.  

Drop Dead Diva Season 3: Currently in production in Atlanta,

Drop Dead Diva's season three opener will once again be a celebrity-packed celebration, as entertainer Paula Abdul (Live to Dance) reprises her role as Jane's (Elliott) voice of reason to give her some sage advice about her relationship with Grayson (Hurst). LeAnn Rimes (Nora Roberts' NorthernLights) also guest stars as the estranged soon-to-be ex-wife to a hard-partying celebrity who is on trial for a hitand- run case that Jane takes on. Additionally, the premiere episode will guest star talk-show host Wendy Williams (The Wendy Williams Show, Dancing with the Stars), Mario Lopez and features a musical dreamsequence with the cast of Drop Dead Diva, choreographed by So You Think You Can Dance' Keith "Tyce" Diorio. SUNDAY, JUNE 19 (9:00-10:00 p.m., ET) on Lifetime.


The one-hour, comedic drama tells the story of a shallow wannabe model who dies in a sudden accident only to find her soul resurfacing in the body of a brilliant, plus size and recently deceased attorney, Jane. Produced by Sony Pictures Television, Drop Dead Diva features breakout star Brooke Elliott (Wicked, Taboo), Margaret Cho (Dancing with the Stars, Notorious C.H.O.), Jackson Hurst (Living Proof), Kate Levering (Cashmere Mafia), April Bowlby (Two and a Half Men), Josh Stamberg (Lie to Me) and Ben Feldman (The Perfect Man). The third season of Drop Dead Diva will feature 13 new episodes.

Some of the other guest stars this season include Kathy Griffin, Wanda Sykes, Clay Aiken, Lance Bass, Amanda Bearse, Tony Goldwyn, Howard Hesseman, Sharon Lawrence, Faith Prince, Jennifer Tilly, Louis Van Amstel and many more.


Stage actress Brooke Elliott appeared on Broadway in the roles of Majella in The Pirate Queen and Big Sue in the Boy George musical, Taboo, produced by Rosie O'Donnell. She toured nationally as an ensemble member of the critically acclaimed musicals Wicked and Disney's Beauty and the Beast.

Elliott's film credits include roles in the Mel Gibson comedy What Women Want and the indie film Liar's Club. For television, Elliott guest-starred on Law & Order: Trial by Jury.

Born in Minnesota, Elliott has had extensive voice training for more than eighteen years. She attended Western Michigan University where she earned a Bachelors of Fine Art in musical theater performance. After college, Elliott moved to Illinois and became a member of the Chicago based theater company Babes with Blades, a diverse ensemble of artists working together to expand opportunities for women in the world of stage combat.

JOSH BERMAN (Executive Producer/Creator/Writer "DROP DEAD DIVA")

Josh Berman began his writing career on the first season of the hit CBS drama series CSI: Crime Scene Investigation. He remained with the series for six seasons, and exited as an executive producer. While working on CSI, Berman earned two Emmy(r) nominations.

Berman also spent three seasons as a writer and consulting producer on the Fox series Bones, and created, executive produced, and wrote for the Fox drama series Vanished and Killer Instinct.

Berman was formerly a creative executive at NBC Studios. He has Law and Business graduate degrees from Stanford University and was a Fulbright Scholar to Australia where he earned a Masters in History at the University of Sydney. In 2005, Berman was named by Television Week as one of the top ten people under thirty-five to watch in the industry, for their annual "Hot List."  

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