'Drop Dead Diva' cancellation: 'Don't lose hope'
For fans of Lifetime’s Drop Dead Diva disappointed with the show’s unexpected cancellation after four seasons, creator Josh Berman has a message for you: “Don’t lose hope,” he tells EW. “Jane Bingum came back from the dead. I think Drop Dead Diva will, too.”
Berman has met with the show’s studio, Sony, which he describes as extremely passionate about the series.”We’ve all been getting calls, both on the creative side and on the business side, from other possible homes,” he says. He wouldn’t say who, but adds, “Everything is in play. There are players that I never even expected that are expressing interest in the show…. I’m not ruling anything out. I’m not even ruling out Lifetime and Sony reaching a new deal. Like, I’m open to anything that will save the show. My goal is to still have the show on the air this summer, no matter what.”
He’s hoping to know whether Drop Dead Diva will live on within a couple of weeks. “The best thing that you can do if you’re a fan of the show is to stay involved in social media,” he says, noting that he’s received “tens of thousands” of tweets since news of the cancellation, that there’s an online petition to the save show, and that more than 17,500 people are currently talking about the show on Facebook. “Join our Facebook page, continue to tweet, and take a look at the YouTube videos that fans have created in support of the show,” he says.
Berman says he never would have ended season 4 finale on a massive cliffhanger if he’d known that Lifetime would ultimately cancel the show. Jane (Brooke Elliott), who has the soul of deceased model Deb in her, was about to wed Owen (Lex Medlin) when Deb’s former fiancé Grayson (Jackson Hurst) finally told Jane he had feelings for her. They kissed, and Owen, who had a previous heart attack, collapsed. “Old Jane,” coincidentally, had just learned the way to return her spirit to Earth from heaven. So when Owen came to and asked “Where am I?”, viewers assumed Old Jane was now in Owen’s body. Berman won’t say whether that’s the case (“In case I get to write that, I want people to enjoy the surprise of what I’ve got next”) — only that he has an entire fifth season mapped out and that it would pick up about an hour later. “The cliffhanger basically platforms a story that I think is the most exciting yet on Drop Dead Diva,” he says.
How the writers would work that out was one popular topic of conversation on EW.com’s initial item about the cancellation. Another was Berman’s decision to have popular but polarizing Kim Kardashian join its well-regarded roster of guest stars in the fourth season. “I would be open to anyone who expressed a passion to be on the show and embraced the message of Drop Dead Diva,” Berman says. “When you’re on a basic cable network, you have to take some risks to get attention. I feel like whether people agreed or disagreed with Kim’s casting, it got people talking, and I know it exposed the show to some people who had never seen it before, and those people have joined he loyal fanbase. So I don’t regret the decision if it brought more people to the show.”