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.