Lifetime loves the Diva
by Allison Waldman, posted Aug 20th 2009 9:02AM
See, this is a reason why cable is becoming the best place to watch TV. Lifetime has picked up Drop Dead Diva for a second season. The show is a real chick-flick kind of comedy/drama that has done well in the ratings ... for Lifetime.
The 2.6-3 million viewers would mean a cancellation on the networks – think Pushing Daisies – but on Lifetime, the charm and whimsy of Drop Dead Diva, the appeal to the female demographic, and the pairing with Army Wives on Sunday nights spells success.
Since its premiere, Drop Dead Diva has managed to retain the quality that made it a critic's darling. The story of Deb, a shallow but lovable model, dying in a car crash and winding up in the body of a plus-size attorney named Jane, had all the elements of a Freaky Friday/Vice Versa sitcom, but with a big dollop of heart and maybe a tad too much schmaltz. Still, it worked.
The season thus far has lived up to that premiere. As a viewer, you are invested in Deb's new life in Jane's body. You want to see her succeed, but you also want to know more about who this new Jane is, how Deb is incorporated in her. Now we know there are 13 more episodes to find out, in the second season.
In addition to an interesting twist on the body transformation story, Diva has also featured some interesting legal cases -- that's the Ally McBeal/Boston Legal angle of the show – plus a plethora of guest stars. Rosie O'Donnell, Elliott Gould, and Jorja Fox have already stopped by, and Liza Minnelli and Paula Abdul are still to appear.