Drop Dead Diva


 dropdeaddiva   Brooke Elliott stars as Jane.

I don’t watch many TV series any more, mainly because they tend to promote low morals (and IQ’s) and tend to have lazy scripts that just depend on raunchy words or situations for their very predictable storylines.

So, I have to tell you about a new series I am watching called Drop Dead Diva.  It is on the Lifetime channel at 9 p.m. on Sunday night.  And it is different.

The very original premise of this show is that Deb, a young, blonde, somewhat shallow model dies at the same time as Jane, a 30-something, plus-size attorney.  When Deb gets to Heaven’s gate and talks to Fred the admitting angel, she reaches over and hits the return button on his computer in hopes it will send her back to Earth.  It does in fact do that, but into the body of the attorney, Jane. 

So, the story line is a sweet one about her dealing with her new, bigger body and her new higher intellect, and, as Jane, ending up working in the same law firm as Deb’s attorney boyfriend.  Sometimes seeing her look at him and long for what might have been is sad, but just when I wondered if that story line was going to keep the show from “moving on”, a love interest has started developing between her and another attorney!  (This  is one more role that I think is cast perfectly.  He’s just been introduced, but I find their attraction for each other very natural and believeable.)  Hurray for Jane!

I think this is just a very well written, perfectly cast and well acted series.  And I recommend it because it sometimes makes me smile, and many times makes me think, and then sometimes is poignant and brings tears to my eyes.  The characters are ones I actually care about, especially Jane. 

Brooke Elliott and the writers do a wonderful job of making Jane a smart, attractive, interesting person, and also a clever, caring and successful attorney.

I remember my fiction writing professor told us that the true test of an excellent book is if it makes you want to turn the page to see what happens next. 

Well, if you apply that rule to TV series’, this is an excellent show.  Because at the end of each episode, I am not only glad I watched but I look forward to seeing what happens in Jane’s life next. 

A well-spent hour.

11 Responses to Drop Dead Diva

  1. Chrissy Witt says:

    too funny, I watched it on Sunday night too. I also don’t watch much TV and don’t get into any series! This one just happened to be on and before I knew it, I was “into” it!

  2. C says:

    Thanks for the recommendation. I usually avoid lawyer shows (for obvious reasons), but I may just give this one a try! C

  3. Sandra says:

    Chrissy — I try not to miss it, even though I don’t usualy like to watch shows that start at the “late hour” of 9 o’clock! 🙂 Glad you liked it too.

    C — I think you might especially like it because almost ever week includes a couple of cases that Jane and her associates are working on, and they are usually very interesting cases. 🙂

  4. Margo says:

    Thank you for the recommendation. I *should* be like the rest of you and not watch much TV. After all, I’m constantly flipping through however many dozens of cable channels come in and complaining that there is “nothing on.”
    This one sounds interesting, though, and I look forward to finding out when it airs in my area.

    Hope your week is going well, Sandra!

  5. Sandra says:

    I hope you enjoy it, Margo! If you watch quite a bit of TV, hopefully it will be REALLY apparent to you that it is different than the normal fare. I enjoy it alot so I just hope it has a big enough audience to continue.

  6. Margaret says:

    Thanks for the TV tip Sandra! I have to agree the shows on today leave much to be desired, I used to really like tv, but that hasn’t been the case lately. Hopefully I’ll remember to give it a try come Sunday!

  7. Sandra says:

    Margaret — It’s so nice to watch a TV show that I actually feel DESERVES recommending! Hope you like it too. 🙂

  8. darci says:

    My aunt and mom watch this show, and I always was hesitant…finally I had a friend convince me to tune in, and I’m glad I did. I think Brooke Elliott is a really good actress – I had never heard of her before this show, but I came away impressed.

    I also really like the music selections. In the ending scene of the last episode they used Malbec’s “Free” which fit so well. Good job, Lifetime, you’ve actually produced one show worth watching. FYI you can check out that scene on YouTube at : http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sRPvTJC1vpM

  9. Sandra says:

    Darci — Thanks so much for the link to that last scene. I did go watch it again. And, I couldn’t tell you what most of the music is that is played on the show, but it all just fits so well. All in all, I just think it’s a first class show and I hope enough people are watching it that it becomes a big hit — and Brooke becomes a big star — she deserves it. She’s great!

  10. C. Beth says:

    That sounds great! Thanks for the recommendation. We don’t have cable but maybe it’ll come out on DVD.

  11. Sandra says:

    Beth — Alf and Monk are the only TV shows I have ever bothered to buy on DVD, but this is definitely one I will want to own. It’s that good.

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