Drop Dead Diva

Drop Dead Diva
Drop Dead Diva
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Drop Dead Diva Inter-title
Genre Comedy-drama
Legal Drama
Created by Josh Berman
Starring Brooke Elliott
Margaret Cho
April Bowlby
Kate Levering
Jackson Hurst
Josh Stamberg
Ben Feldman
Lex Medlin
Theme music composer Scott Starrett
Country of origin United States
Language(s) English
No. of seasons 3
No. of episodes 39 (List of episodes)
Executive producer(s) Josh Berman
Jason Geigerman
Neil Meron
David Petrarca
Craig Zadan
Location(s) Atlanta, Georgia
Camera setup Single-camera
Running time 45–48 minutes
Production company(s) Sony Pictures Television
Storyline Entertainment
Original channel Lifetime
Original run July 12, 2009 – Present
External links

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 woman whose body is inhabited by the soul of a fashion model.

On September 22, 2011, Drop Dead Diva was renewed for a fourth season.[2]



The series revolves around vapid blonde and aspiring model, Deborah (Deb) Dobkins (played by Brooke D'Orsay in the pilot and in flashbacks), who is killed in a car crash. As her soul enters the gates of Heaven, she finds herself declared a "zero-zero" (meaning she has performed zero good deeds and zero bad deeds during her time on earth; she is simply shallow) by the gatekeeper, Fred. After not liking what she hears, she presses for a return to her former body, hoping to get back to Earth. Deb gets her wish (by willfully pressing a computer key she should not have), only to be brought back to life in the body of a recently deceased, brilliant, hardworking, overweight lawyer named Jane Bingum.

Initially horrified, Deb – in her new human form – discovers the meaning of inner beauty as she finds the ability to juggle legal cases, aided by her assistant Teri, while attempting to reconnect incognito with her still-grieving boyfriend, Grayson Kent, who just started working at Jane's law firm. At the same time, Deb begins to rediscover her past while learning more about her inherited body's current life, and how Jane was treated when she was alive. In addition to Fred (who was demoted to guardian angel and has been assigned to watch over her at the law firm), only Deb's long-time mortal friend Stacy knows Jane's true identity.


Main cast

Recurring cast

Guest stars

Many celebrities have made guest appearances on the show. Among them are: Paula Abdul, Faith Prince, Diedrich Bader, Delta Burke, David Denman, Jorja Fox, Elliot Gould, Steve Valentine, Tim Gunn, Ricki Lake, Sharon Lawrence, Chad Lowe, Liza Minnelli, Mark Moses, Nancy Grace, Kathy Najimy, Cybill Shepherd, Rosie O'Donnell, Teri Polo, Nia Vardalos, Gregory Harrison, Gina Torres, Jamie Ray Newman, Chuck Woolery, Vivica A. Fox, Candice Accola, MacKenzie Mauzy, Nick Zano, LeAnn Rimes, Mario Lopez, Wendy Williams, Clay Aiken, Romy Rosemont, Jennifer Tilly, Howard Hesseman, Louis Van Amstel, Lance Bass, Wanda Sykes, Amanda Bearse, Rami Kashou, Tony Goldwyn, Kathy Griffin, Crystal Reed, Jake Pavelka, Quinton Aaron, Valerie Harper, Bruce Davison, Jamie-Lynn Sigler and Deidre Hall.


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".[4]


Season Episodes Originally aired (U.S. dates) DVD release date
Season premiere Season finale Region 1 Region 2 Region 4
1 13 July 12, 2009 October 11, 2009 June 1, 2010[5] June 28, 2010[6] June 2, 2010[7]
2 13 June 6, 2010 August 29, 2010 May 3, 2011[8] November 7, 2011 N/A
3 13 June 19, 2011 September 25, 2011 TBA[9] N/A N/A
4[10] 13[10] 2012 2012 TBA N/A N/A


The show airs on Showcase in Canada, Living in the UK and Go! in Australia.[citation needed] Every Sunday on Lifetime at 9 starting June 6, 2010, for its second season.[citation needed] 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 TV Globo on the late night in Sunday. In France, the show airs on M6 and TEVA.


The show's premier episode scored a 1.6 overall and more than 2.8 million viewers tuning in.[11]

"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.

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.[12] The second series premiered on Tuesday 7 September at 21h.[13] The third series started airing in September 2011 on the revamped Sky Living.[14] With the DVD release of the second series, in Region 2 is to be released in November over a year after its airing.[14]

DVD releases

DVD Name Region 1 Release Date Region 2 Release Date Region 4 Release Date Ep # Discs Additional Information
Season 1 June 1, 2010[15] June 28, 2010[16] June 2, 2010[17] 13 3 Dreamisodes, Deleted Scenes, Rosie's Rap, Dropping in with Drop Dead Diva and Cho in Tell.
Season 2 May 3, 2011[18] TBA TBA 13 3 Drop 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 3 TBA[19] TBA TBA 13 3 TBA


A soundtrack for Drop Dead Diva was released on June 1, 2010, by Madison Gate Records.[20] 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

  • Body swap appearances in media


  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, Lex Medlin season four, Hollywood reporter, http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/live-feed/drop-dead-diva-lex-medlin-season-four-243724 .
  4. ^ "Lifetime's 'Drop Dead Diva' redefines beauty". USA Today. May 11, 2009. http://www.usatoday.com/life/television/news/2009-05-07-drop-dead-diva_N.htm. 
  5. ^ Drop Dead Diva Season 1 DVD Amazon US
  6. ^ Drop Dead Diva Season 1 DVD Amazon UK
  7. ^ http://www.jbhifionline.com.au/dvd/dvd-genres/drama-romance/drop-dead-diva-season-1-3-dvd-set/516203 DDD S01 R4
  8. ^ http://www.tvshowsondvd.com/news/Drop-Dead-Diva-Season-2/15047
  9. ^ http://www.amazon.com/dp/B0058YPNPK
  10. ^ a b http://tvbythenumbers.zap2it.com/2011/09/22/lifetime-renews-drop-dead-diva-for-a-for-a-fourth-season/104645/
  11. ^ "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. 
  12. ^ , UK: Barb, August 26, 2010, http://www.barb.co.uk/ .
  13. ^ "Radio Times: Drop Dead Diva". August 26, 2010. http://www.radiotimes.com/ListingsServlet?event=10&channelId=197&programmeId=126433275&jspLocation=/jsp/prog_details.jsp. 
  14. ^ a b "Coming soon: Drop Dead Diva", Living, Sky, http://skyliving.sky.com/coming-soon/drop-dead-diva .
  15. ^ Drop Dead Diva Season 1 DVD, US: Amazon, http://www.amazon.com/dp/B002N5N4DA .
  16. ^ Drop Dead Diva Season 1 DVD, UK: Amazon, http://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B003GAN4L8 .
  17. ^ "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 
  18. ^ Drop Dead Diva season 2, TV shows on DVD, http://www.tvshowsondvd.com/news/Drop-Dead-Diva-Season-2/15047 .
  19. ^ 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 .
  20. ^ Amazon, http://www.amazon.com/dp/B003NSC6W6 .

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