I’ve said before how much I’m loving Lifetime’s new dramedy “Drop Dead Diva”. Every Sunday as the show comes to a close, I find a goofy smile on my face, and it’s definitely due to the charm of Brooke Elliott, her portrayal of Jane Bingum and the show’s warm writing.
For the uninitiated, “Drop Dead Diva” is “the story of a beautiful-but-vapid model wannabe, Deb, who has a fatal car accident and suddenly finds herself in front of Heaven’s gatekeeper, Fred, who declares her a self-centered ‘zero.’ Outraged, Deb attempts to persuade Fred to return her to her shallow existence but is accidentally relegated to the body of the recently deceased Jane Bingum (Brooke Elliott). A brilliant, thoughtful and plus-size attorney with a loyal assistant (Margaret Cho), Jane has always lived in the shadow of her more comely colleagues, whereas Deb has always relied on her external beauty. Now, by a twist of fate and a bolt of divine intervention, Deb must come to terms with inhabiting Jane’s plus-size frame and learn to reconcile her beauty queen ways with her brilliant new mind” (from mylifetime.com).
As the season has progressed, I’ve become so wrapped up in Jane’s/Deb’s attempt to deal with that hand she’s been given. The situation sucks, to be sure, but being privy to the intimate details of Jane’s/Deb’s evolution (and the evolution of those around her, including her spacey BFF Stacy), is fun and inspiring.
If you’re bummed out about your layoff situation, job status, money woes or any other byproduct of this recession, tune into “Drop Dead Diva”. It might just provide the mirth – and motivation – you need right now. For me, it’s a perfect example of how you make the best with what you’ve got.
“Drop Dead Diva” airs at 9 p.m. ET every Sunday on Lifetime.