Drop Dead Diva is officially dead, according to Deadline. The publication reports that the dramedy will not return to Lifetime after four seasons, but producer Sony Pictures TV “may” shop it elsewhere.
The series stars Brooke Elliott as a bitchy model who died and came back to life as a plus-sized lawyer. The show takes a sweeter tone than much of the current Lifetime programming, and rumour has it the network is interested in shifting gears towards edgier content. That includes the upcoming, 13-epsiode Marc Cherry series Devious Maids, as well as potential pilots The Secret Lives of Wives and Cinnamon Girl.
That’s also the reported reason behind the show’s recurring addition of Kim Kardashian to the fourth season. Unfortunately for fans who were hoping for a series conclusion, Lifetime waited until the 11th hour on a decision to renew or cancel so that it could look at other pilots in development first.
Drop Dead Diva averaged 2 million viewers in its fourth season, slightly down from the 2.8 million viewers it drew for its July 2009 premiere.
In Canada, Shaw owns rights to DDD; over the course of the series, it has aired on Global, Slice and most recently, Lifetime Canada.
The show wrapped last September with one of television’s most complicated love-triangle, cliffhanger endings ever, which involved identity switches and out-of-body experiences.
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