Lifetime has announced that the fifth season of Drop Dead Diva is set to premiere Sunday, June 23rd at 9:00. The show’s next round of 13 episodes are set to lead into new series Devious Maids, the latest soap from Desperate Housewives creator Marc Cherry. Due to the announcement of the Diva premiere date, the season finale of Jennifer Love Hewitt’s The Client List will now air June 16th at 10:00.
Drop Dead Diva was unexpectedly canceled this past January by Lifetime, even after the fourth season finale marked a season high in total viewers. The reason given was rising costs, with rumors abounding of the network wanting to search for more buzz-y pilots, but a month and a half later, the show was renewed and thus able to continue telling its story.
Season four ended on a pretty major cliffhanger, so this season on Drop Dead Diva, the show picks right back up on the action. While Jane is frantically searching for Owen after he goes missing following her kiss with Grayson, Kim goes public at the firm with her pregnancy and Stacy is contemplating the future of her business. Jane will also have a new heavenly guide this season in the form of Justin Deely, who is set to play Paul.
Drop Dead Diva stars Brooke Elliott (Wicked, Taboo), Margaret Cho (Cho Dependent), Jackson Hurst (Living Proof), Kate Levering (Cashmere Mafia), April Bowlby (Two and a Half Men), and Lex Medlin (Southland). Returning to the show this season are John Ratzenberger (Cheers) as Kim’s father and Jaime Ray Newman (Red Widow) as Grayson’s ex-fiancee Vanessa. Other guest stars will be announced in the coming weeks.
The fourth season of Drop Dead Diva will be available on DVD Tuesday, June 18th.
Will you be watching Drop Dead Diva this season? Do you think that the show deserved another season? How will it help the first season of Devious Maids, if at all?