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Praised By Critics And Loved By Fans, 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.
Drop Dead Diva continues to be one of the best-written, -acted, and -directed TV series in recent memory. Brooke Elliott rocks as Jane, the shallow model who died and was resuscitated as an overweight, brainy lawyer, to learn life lessons about inner beauty and using the natural gifts one is given--including brains. In the hands of lesser actors and writers, Drop Dead Diva could have been treacly or preachy, but instead it's paced like a 1930s screwball comedy, with great zingers and complex characters who may mess up, but who bounce back trying, mostly, to be better people. Elliott is a wonder as Jane, the capable woman who used to get her way by simply being gorgeous. Now, in season three, Jane is adjusting to her new body and situation very well, and is realizing that men can and do fall in love with someone based on who she is, not what she looks like. (And let's face it, Brooke Elliott is darling and very attractive.) Margaret Cho, as Teri, gets in zingers in every conversation, and Jackson Hurst as Grayson and April Bowlby as Stacy continue to grow their characters. Season three sees Jane finally getting a bit of a romantic life, though struggling with ghosts of lovers from her past life. This season also features great guest stars, including Kathy Griffin, whose acting chops are often eclipsed by her standup persona, but who does a creditable job here. LeAnn Rimes should probably stick to country singing, but Paula Abdul returns as herself, enjoying making fun of herself as much as viewers love seeing her. Drop Dead Diva is also notable for its strong, interesting, nuanced female characters--another reason for its enduring appeal. Long live Drop Dead Diva! --A.T. Hurley