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Truth is Revealed on the Season 3 Finale of 'Drop Dead Diva' (VIDEO)

by Jason Hughes, posted Sep 26th 2011 4:45AM
'Drop Dead Diva' season finale - 'Change of Heart'It's a good thing Lifetime has already renewed 'Drop Dead Diva' (Sun., 9PM ET on Lifetime) for a fourth season, as they certainly left us with quite a shocker in this season finale. After drawing closer and closer to one another, Grayson started to see bits and pieces of the Deb he loves and misses in Stacy.

And so, after declaring her a free woman, he kisses her. Of course, Jane sees this and then stops watching before it comes to an end and Stacy tells Grayson it'll never work between them.

Only that's not exactly what she said. To his credit, Grayson admitted that his attraction to Stacy was because, "You're so much like Deb and when I'm with you it's like I'm with her."

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Lifetime Renews 'Drop Dead Diva' for a Fourth Season

by Jean Bentley, posted Sep 22nd 2011 6:30PM
Drop Dead DivaLifetime is just as in love with 'Drop Dead Diva' as we are -- and has ordered 13 more episodes of the show to prove it.

The network just announced a fourth season of the dramedy about a ditzy model who dies in a car accident and is sent back to earth in the body of a plus-sized lawyer.

"'Drop Dead Diva' is a signature series for Lifetime that continues to resonate with audiences with its heart and humor," Lifetime president and GM Nancy Dubuc said in a statement to Entertainment Weekly. "We are thrilled to bring it back for another season."

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Brandy Rekindles Old Romance With Parker on 'Drop Dead Diva' (VIDEO)

by Jason Hughes, posted Sep 19th 2011 6:15AM
Brandy, 'Drop Dead Diva'Seeing Brandy as Elisa Shayne on 'Drop Dead Diva' (Sun., 9PM ET on Lifetime) was a lot of fun, but it was also a sad reminder of how talented she is as a genuine actress. Of late, she's been spending her television time on reality shows like her own series with brother Ray Jay and her fourth-place run on 'Dancing With the Stars.'

While we would never want to take the talented musician away from her singing career, we do miss her smile in scripted television.

Guest roles here and on '90210' are nice and all, but wouldn't it be great to see her settle into a regular role for a while? It's been ten years since 'Moesha' went off the air, but everyone still remembers that role.

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'The Millionaire Matchmaker' Is a Love Guru on 'Drop Dead Diva' (VIDEO)

by Jason Hughes, posted Aug 29th 2011 8:08AM
Patti Stanger the Millionaire Matchmaker, 'Drop Dead Diva''The Millionaire Matchmaker' herself, Patti Stanger, made a special guest appearance on 'Drop Dead Diva' (Sun., 9PM ET on Lifetime). It was her first acting performance, and she did a solid job. To keep it familiar perhaps, her character was also in the relationship business, but Marcy's focus was on encouraging women not to give it away.

When she targeted Jane at one of her workshops, Teri stood up to defend her friend and take down her old high school classmate. Marcy was a bully then and she proved herself to still be a bully.

"Teri Lee," she said. "I see you've changed. Your acne cleared up."

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Grayson's New Girl Reminds Jane of Her Old Self on 'Drop Dead Diva' (VIDEO)

by Jason Hughes, posted Aug 22nd 2011 6:26AM
'Drop Dead Diva' - 'You Bet Your Life'It must be difficult to have to work with the man you were once engaged to. But imagine how much more difficult it would be to see that man with a woman who is everything you used to be. That's the world Jane found herself in this week on 'Drop Dead Diva' (Sun., 9PM ET on Lifetime).

To make matters worse, she actually knew Grayson's new girlfriend, Cassie, back when she was Deb. "We took acting classes together. And we auditioned for the same roles. We were a lot alike," she admitted.

The problem is that she now thinks Grayson is better than to date some as shallow as she was, and Cassie still is. Fred told her it was because she had higher expectations of herself now and therefore had higher expectations for Grayson. If only he had them for himself as well, she wouldn't have any of these problems.

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Kathy Griffin and Margaret Cho Spar Over Almond Milk on 'Drop Dead Diva' (VIDEO)

by Jason Hughes, posted Aug 15th 2011 2:11AM
Kathy Griffin, 'Drop Dead Diva'Fans of 'Drop Dead Diva' (Sun., 10PM ET on Lifetime) know that Kim can be catty with Jane, and pretty much everyone else on the show. What we learned this week, is that this behavior is a family trait, as Kathy Griffin guest-starred as her sister.

When Teri (Margaret Cho) catches Griffin drinking the last of her almond milk out of the refrigerator, even though it was clearly labeled with her name, Griffin offered no apologies. When asked if she was planning to replace it, she said, "I would tell you to have your assistant buy you another carton, but I can tell by your shoes that you are the assistant."

The two comedians threw a few barbs back and forth, with Cho getting in jabs about Griffin's plastic surgery and wardrobe choices. Griffin is certainly having a bit of a renaissance on television right now, appearing in shows across the dial.

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Clay Aiken Takes the Stand in a Mail-Order Bride Scam on 'Drop Dead Diva' (VIDEO)

by Nick Zaino, posted Jul 25th 2011 3:10PM
Clay Aiken guest stars on 'Drop Dead Diva'Former 'American Idol' finalist Clay Aiken got to try out his acting chops Sunday on 'Drop Dead Diva' (Sundays, 9PM on Lifetime), playing a witness in a case of a mail-order-bride scam. Aiken played Tyler, the former husband of Irina, the mail-order bride in question. Grayson and Kim were representing Hank the Bailiff, who once had a crush on Jane and was dumped by Irina.

Grayson and Kim were suspicious when they interviewed Tyler, finding out that he left Irina on good terms. She didn't max out his credit cards and returned the engagement ring. "I felt terrible, but after a couple of months I just realized she wasn't right for me," said Tyler.

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'Drop Dead Diva' Guest Star Clay Aiken On His Role & Not Watching 'American Idol'

by Michael Maloney, posted Jul 23rd 2011 2:45PM
Clay Aiken on Drop Dead Diva 'Law & Order: SVU' isn't the only show to make plots out of real-life headlines.

On this Sunday's 'Drop Dead Diva' (July 24, 9PM ET on Lifetime), Jane (Brooke Elliott) represents a teenage lesbian couple after the two are denied the right to attend their high school prom. The show's writers were inspired by the true story of Constance McMillen, a lesbian teen who successfully sued her Mississippi high school for the right to bring her girlfriend to prom.

In a concurrent storyline, guest star Clay Aiken plays a man who was jilted by his Russian mail-order bride.

But the 'American Idol' alum isn't the only openly gay guest star in this episode, titled 'Prom.' Wanda Sykes, Lance Bass and Amanda Bearse ('Married With Children') also play roles, as does McMillen in a cameo as a bailiff.

Aiken, who's kept a low profile this year, explains to AOL TV why he took this role, what he hopes the show's message will accomplish and, surprisingly, which highly-rated reality competition TV program is not on his DVR.

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Vanessa Leaves Grayson at the Altar on 'Drop Dead Diva' (VIDEO)

by Nick Zaino, posted Jul 18th 2011 5:15PM
Jane and Grayson on 'Drop Dead Diva'Imagine you're at the wedding of a guy you used to date before you died and came back in another body. You still have feelings for him, even as he marries a woman you and he once defended in court. It wasn't exactly your age-old story for Jane on 'Drop Dead Diva' (Sundays, 9PM on Lifetime), but there was a light at the end of the tunnel, so to speak. Vanessa, the bride to be, decided to leave Grayson, the former boyfriend from another life/groom, at the altar on Sunday's episode.

Vanessa sent Jane a text message to meet her on a nearby bridge, where she told Jane what she was doing. And that it had something to do with her. "It's just that you two were so effortless and natural, and it's never been like that for me with him," said Vanessa. Jane told Vanessa she should tell Grayson herself, but she declined and drove off.

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'Psych' Scoops Up Jason Priestley & Tony Hale, Nicole Richie Joins 'Fashion Star' and More Casting News

by Chris Harnick, posted Jul 7th 2011 1:00PM
Jason Priestley, Tony HaleThis is no joke: Jason Priestley and 'Arrested Development' star Tony Hale are heading to USA Network's 'Psych.'

According to Entertainment Weekly, 'Beverly Hills, 90210' veteran Priestley will play a biker con man who attempts to pull off a job at the same resort where Shawn (James Roday) is vacationing.

Hale will play an imports and exports businessman who interacts with Shawn and Juliet (Maggie Lawson) while they're on a romantic weekend away.

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Freeze! Order in the Court! Our 11 Favorite Legal Ladies on TV

by Maggie Furlong, posted Jul 7th 2011 12:30PM
Rizzoli & IslesThere are plenty of law-abiding characters on TV, but we're particularly fond of the ladies who wield badges and shout "objection!" in courtrooms to keep our airwaves safe.

With the return of 'Rizzoli & Isles' (Season 2 premieres Mon., July 11, 10PM ET on TNT) -- where stars Angie Harmon and Sasha Alexander battle Boston bad guys as a detective and medical examiner team -- we salute those cops and lawyers who help maintain law and order (some of them are even on 'Law & Order') on TV.

Of course, all of the current TV cops on our list have some iconic legal ladies to thank, including 'Police Woman''s Pepper Anderson (Angie Dickinson); Claudette Wyms (CCH Pounder) on 'The Shield'; and the dynamic duo of 'Cagney & Lacey' (Sharon Gless and Tyne Daly), just to name a few.

And we can't forget their legal counterparts either, with beloved barristers like Susan Dey's Grace van Owen on 'L.A. Law'; Sarah McKenzie (Catherine Bell) on 'JAG'; the ladies of 'Boston Legal,' 'The Practice' and 'Ally McBeal'; Markie Post's Christine Sullivan on 'Night Court'; and Harmon herself, as 'Law & Order''s ADA Abbie Carmichael.

These pros all helped pave the moral way for what's now one of the most popular professions for women on TV. Here, 11 of our current favorite female TV cops and lawyers.

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A&E Renews 'Breakout Kings,' 'Shameless' Adds New Bad Boy & More TV News

by Chris Harnick, posted Jul 6th 2011 7:00PM
Breakout Kings'Breakout Kings' has received a Season 2 order from A&E, co-creator Nick Santora confirmed on Twitter.

The drama about US Marshals using former fugitives to track other criminals on the run has been well-received by both viewers and critics. Its premiere in March 2011 was seen by 2.8 million viewers.

Originally commissioned as a pilot for Fox, A&E scooped up the project from 'Prison Break' veterans Santora and Matt Olmstead.

"Thanks to all the BOK FANS for their support in our quest for a Season 2 pickup! As you've all heard already, it's official - we're back!" Santora said on Twitter.

Production on Season 2 is expected to begin later this year.

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The Magic of Hollywood: Where Do Your Favorite Shows Really Take Place?

by Maggie Furlong, posted Jun 30th 2011 3:00PM
'Mad Men' is nowhere near Madison Avenue...Hollywood is a magical place, but probably the most amazing thing about the entertainment industry is that any city can be faked.

Haven't you ever watched a show like 'It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia' and wondered where in Philly Paddy's Pub is? Well, don't go searching, because in real life, it's on the Fox lot in Los Angeles, California.

And just a few doors down from the 'Sunny' set is 'How I Met Your Mother,' where the gang gets in trouble on the streets of New York City ... that are actually on a sound stage in L.A.

But there are shows where there's no way the magic of the city can be faked ... right? 'Mad Men' is so completely New York in the 1960s (shoots in L.A., in the present day) and the rainy Seattle backdrop of 'The Killing' had to be 100% authentic (actually it was Vancouver's raindrops you saw all season).

We thought we'd take a look at a few of the other best tricked cities on TV ...

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'The Playboy Club' Finds a Home in Salt Lake City, Joe Manganiello Books 'White Collar' Role & More TV News

by Chris Harnick, posted Jun 29th 2011 11:00AM
The Playboy ClubSalt Lake City-area viewers, you'll get to see NBC's 'The Playboy Club' after all. Just not on NBC.

According to TV Guide, the fall series will air on KMYU, the Salt Lake City affiliate of MyNetworkTV. The new crime drama is set in the 1960s at a Playboy Club in Chicago.

"We respect the position of KSL and are pleased that KMYU can provide a home for 'The Playboy Club,'" Steve Carlston, vice president and general manager of KMYU, said. "This highly anticipated crime drama will now have the opportunity to be seen by the viewers throughout (the Salt Lake City market)."

NBC affiliate KSL refused to air 'The Playboy Club' over issues it has with the Playboy brand.

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LeAnn Rimes Plays an Angry, Vindictive Wife on 'Drop Dead Diva' (VIDEO)

by Jason Hughes, posted Jun 20th 2011 6:56AM
LeeAnn Rimes, 'Drop Dead Diva'The new season of 'Drop Dead Diva' (Sun., 9PM ET on Lifetime) kicked off with Wendy Williams, Paula Abdul and LeAnn Rimes all dropping by for guest spots. Apparently, this light summer fluff series is just too much fun to resist.

Rimes played against type as the angry wife of a celebrity accused of a hit-and-run accident. We're so used to her in sweet romantic comedy types of roles that it was a bit shocking to see her being so ... brutal.

It was a month before Rimes's character even came forward on behalf of her husband. She was his alibi for the night of the incident, but didn't come forward right away. "I'm angry at Tim," she admitted. "He embarrassed me in the press. Look, it might not have been the right thing to do, but I wanted to see him sweat."

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