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Lifetime’s Drop Dead Diva dismissed its final case Sunday with a romantic twist that longtime fans of the series never would have imagined when the show first began.
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Before diving into executive producer Josh Berman‘s explanation of the series finale’s ending, let’s quickly recap how things left off for the Harrison/Parker gang: Stacey went into labor before her wedding to Owen, resulting in the birth of their twins; Kim represented Dave in court, eventually admitting her feelings for him; and Jane and “Ian” lived happily ever after. »
The USA Network is on the search for its next hit, with the announcement today of it’s 2014-15 development slate.
An alien drama from Lost creator Carlton Cuse, a comedy from Amy Poehler, and a single-cam comedy about a ski resort from Jessica Biel’s Iron Ocean Films are among the development projects touted by the network, who released descriptions for more than a dozen in-the-works possible series.
The network — home to Suits and White Collar — also announced the cast-contingent pilot pick-up of hour-long original drama Stanistan. Set in a fictional Middle Eastern country, the show follows the staff »
- Sandra Gonzalez
USA Network is keeping its foot on the gas when it comes to scripted series development.
The cabler has given a cast-contingent pilot order to drama “Stanistan,” a dramedy about a group of State Department workers, CIA operatives and journalists working in a fictional Middle Eastern country. Project was developed at Fox earlier this year.
USA has also unveiled a slew of drama, comedy and limited-series development prospects from such producers as Jodie Foster (pictured), Carlton Cuse, Peter Tolan, Amy Poehler and Gregory Nava. The development slate reinforces USA’s focus on broadening the scope of its original series, particularly dramas, beyond the blue-sky and action fare that has clicked for the NBCU cabler in the past.
“This slate represents the next generation of originals at USA, with a focus on dramas that are more serialized, provocative and culturally resonant,” said USA prexy Chris McCumber. “We’re very much committed »
- Cynthia Littleton
Exclusive: Josh Berman tenure at Sony Pictures Television will be crossing the decade mark with a fourth consecutive overall deal. Under the new, three-year pact, Berman continues as executive producer and showrunner of Sony TV’s Lifetime series Dead Drop Diva. He created the dramedy, now in its sixth and final season, under his first overall pact at the studio. He also will continue to develop projects for network and cable. Berman began his career as a junior writer on the first season of CBS’ CSI. He remained on the long-running procedural for six years, rising to executive producer. He went on to create the Fox drama Vanished and spent four years on the network’s veteran procedural Bones. While at Sony TV, Berman, repped by CAA and attorney Ken Richman, also co-created and executive produced the Fox drama Mob Doctor. »
- NELLIE ANDREEVA
Dan Bucatinsky says to The Wrap that creatively it was necessary for Scandal to kill a major character, “The threat of death on a show like this, if it doesn’t pay off occasionally, the audience begins to scream bulls–t.” He’s right, you can’t have big cliffhangers if everyone expects all the major characters to survive. (See: massacre, Moldavian.)
First the ABC Family pilot Alice in Arabia raised eyebrows due to a description that seemed potentially offensive. Then, a review of the pilot script by Buzzfeed that called it “dotted with cultural inaccuracies and stereotypes.” Amid all that controversy, ABC Family has scrapped the pilot. Don’t worry, we’ll probably get to have the same debate when FX’s Tryant debuts. »
- Lyle Masaki
Drop Dead Diva creator/executive producer Josh Berman says there will be no unresolved questions once the series ends its run on Lifetime. "The nice thing about getting the word that it’s the final season, it allows us, the writers and the actors, to really prepare and give a final chapter to the Drop Dead Diva saga," he told reporters in a conference call. "I think even those viewers that just watch occasionally or the ones that watched every episode, this is going to be a very satisfying season where all the ends are tied up." Photos: 17 TV
- Kimberly Nordyke
Lifetime's “Drop Dead Diva” kicks off its sixth (and most likely) final season on Sunday. After coming back from a previous cancelation, “Drop Dead Diva” creator Josh Berman is writing the sixth season for closure but he hasn't totally accepted that the show will meet its end. “We've been canceled before, but with our fan base and already seeing the petitions online and the movement to bring it back, I think anything is potentially possible,” Berman told TheWrap. Also read: ‘So You Think You Can Dance's’ Stephen ‘tWitch’ Boss to Guest on ‘Drop Dead Diva’ (Exclusive) He continued, “That being said I am definitely. »
- Jethro Nededog
It’s a story that can only happen in today’s TV world. Lifetime’s Drop Dead Diva was revived from a cancellation last year, only to haves the network drop the curtain on the current sixth season. Is it really the end for a show that is all about coming back from the dead? Ep and creator, Josh Berman, weighs in plus more with Tom Riley and Laura Haddock on the new season of DaVINCI’S Demons (premiering this weekend on Starz). And the Powers TV show finally gets a home!
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- Mike Raub
Lifetime’s “Drop Dead Diva” will be put to rest after the dramedy’s sixth season, Variety has confirmed.
From Sony Pictures TV, “Diva” follows the story of a shallow model who suddenly dies in an accident, only to find her soul resurfacing in the body of a brilliant, plus-sized attorney, Jane. Brooke Elliott toplines “Diva.”
Last January, Lifetime cancelled the series after its fourth season, but ultimately revived it for a fifth and sixth season thanks to a budget-friendly production plan with Sony.
- AJ Marechal
Lifetime is plotting the end for Drop Dead Diva. The upcoming sixth season of the drama from Josh Berman (Bones, CSI) will be its last, The Hollywood Reporter has learned. The Brooke Elliott-starrer about an aspiring model killed in a car crash and brought to life as a lawyer will kick off its final season with a two-hour premiere event on Sunday, March 23 at 9 p.m. Co-star Margaret Cho will be joined by a roster of guest stars for the final run, including Rick Springfield, S. Epatha Merkerson, John Ratzenberger, Corbin Bleu, Colin Egglesfield, Virginia
- Lesley Goldberg
10 items from 2014
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