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'Drop Dead Diva' renewed!

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Lifetime has renewed Drop Dead Diva for a 13-episode second season, after the show — about dead aspiring model Deb’s soul living life in the body of brilliant plus-sized attorney Jane (Brooke Elliott) — hit ratings highs with last Sunday’s sixth episode. I consider myself a huge fan for two reasons: 1) When Lifetime sent me episodes four through eight, I watched them in one sitting. (2) At the end of the episode 6, when Stacy (April Bowlby) kissed Jane’s lovestruck, new-to-Earth guardian angel Fred (Ben Feldman), and Grayson (Jackson Hurst), Deb’s ex-boyfriend who now works with Jane, joined her for dinner and said they could maybe finish a crossword puzzle together afterward, I applauded. In fact, I just rewatched the end of the episode on Lifetime’s site and clapped again. If you’ve got time and are in need of some more summer entertainment, I highly recommend checking out the show Sundays at 9 p.m. ET, or on Lifetime’s site, which has all the episodes.

All I can say about this Sunday’s episode is that something happens that made me email one of the show’s publicists and ask if it was permanent. (The answer, obvious but I needed confirmation, brought me back from the ledge. And p.s., it had nothing to do with Jane.) What would you like to see happen on the show next? Do you want the scene of Jane telling Grayson that she’s Deb in the promo above to be real or a dream? And seriously, how fantastic is Elliott? She makes this all so believable. I can’t wait to see the Broadway vet belt in a dream sequence with guest star Paula Abdul (Sept. 13); share the screen with Liza Minnelli and Delta Burke, who guest as dueling psychic sisters (Sept. 20); and sing with Faith Prince, who plays Jane’s mother (Sept. 27).

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