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‘Drop Dead Diva’ back in production March 3 with LeAnn Rimes

Lifetime photo of "Drop Dead Diva" executive producer Josh Berman, lead actress Brooke Elliott and LeAnn Rimes

Lifetime photo of "Drop Dead Diva" executive producer Josh Berman, lead actress Brooke Elliott and guest actress LeAnn Rimes March 3 on the set.

Lifetime’s “Drop Dead Diva” is back in production starting today in Peachtree City for a third season.

The show slipped slightly in season two in ratings but remained a solid performer, averaging 2.6 million viewers (down from 2.8 million season one). The light, frothy drama starring Brooke Elliott is known for peppering in celebrity appearances. In the past, the show has featured Liza Minnelli, Rosie O’Donnell, Delta Burke, Elliot Gould, Ricki Lake, Tim Gunn, Cybill Shepherd and Vivica A. Fox, to name a few.

Country singer and actress LeAnn Rimes will be shooting today playing the estranged wife of a hard-partying celebrity on trial for a hit-and-run charge.

Paula Abdul, who has shown up several times on the show as a dream judge and voice of reason in Jane’s mind, will be back again.  Wendy Williams, the talk show host who just signed on to be on “Dancing With the Stars,” will also appear on the episode in a dream sequence choreographed by  “So  You Think You Can Dance’s” Keith “Tyce” Diorio and featuring dancers from that program. Williams is set to visit Atlanta on March 15.

Episodes are set to air this summer. And there are plans to do more shoots outside of Peachtree City.

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By Rodney Ho, rho@ajc.com, AJCRadioTV blog

38 comments Add your comment

Rodney Ho Moe

March 3rd, 2011
4:36 pm

Lee Ann Rimes is a dirty no good cheating adulterer. and she ain’t much to look at.

Leann's friends must work for Drop Dead Diva

March 3rd, 2011
5:15 pm

We know that Leann Rimes was shooting today; afterall, she made sure to tip off the paps days before shooting her scenes and she made over 20 tweets about being on the set and leaving “her
family because she has to work, even going so far as to post photos of the set, sorta like how she is constantly tweeting about another woman’s kids even though their mother asked her to stop. What I don’t get is why producers picked Leann for this role? No one likes her. So that can mean one thing, that the producer is Leann’s friend. What, is Leann doing all of these jobs so that she can take Eddie on another trip so that he doesn’t ditch her on their wedding day? Or she is still trying to pay for that ring she claimed Eddie bought?Were these producers hoping that Leann’s wedding to Eddie will bring in huge ratings for their show ? BIG MISTAKE. Leann can’t even get her own fans to download her music. Why would anyone watch Drop Dead Diva with Leann on it, when Leann plays out EVERDAY of her life by tipping off the paps and constantly tweeting and people can watch it for free? Are you sure that the script wasn’t written by Leann? We have a woman going through a separation. Eddie Cibrian’s Ex-wife. A man who likes to party. Eddie Cibrian. Hit and Run due to a DUI. Does this all sound familiar? No producer would make a script that this, but Leann would because in her mind she is just that insecuew. Hopefully Drop Dead Diva will come to their senses. Because supporting Leann means that they support all of the mean and nasty things that she has said and continues to do to Eddie’s ex-wife.

Leann's friends must work for Drop Dead Diva

March 3rd, 2011
8:52 pm

Quick, if Lifetime and Drop Dead Diva really want their show to start off on the right foot, then the producers had better tell Leann to shut up and they had better stop advertising that Leann is going to be on their show, especially with a storyline that resembles the very same thing that Eddie’s ex-wief went through with Eddie. Leann is making a BIG DEAL out of being on that show and is even using that show to promote her relationship with Eddie Cibrian, just like she used the kid’s family day to promote her relationship with Eddie. Seriously, the public is already turned off by their lack of remorse and compassion, do you really want Leann’s constant need for reassurance which she plays out on twitter 24/7 to be the only thing people think about when they hear the name Drop Dead Diva? Just think what happened when Chase kept annoucing that Eddie Cibrian was going to be on their show and Leann’s and Eddie’s photo-ops at the airport everytime it came time for Eddie to film a scene. Leann is already making a bad name for the show, if they don’t want the same thing that happened to Shape magazine to happen to them, then they had better tell Leann to shut up or close the twitter account. There is no need for Leann to tweet about her love or her baby if things were that great in their relationship.

BigboomNY

March 4th, 2011
8:12 am

People dont waste your tme watching this Racist Chick Brooke Elliot. The entire cast and crew are Racist, and As a minority, they are only bringing in Blacks as guest to have a token actor on set.

Quantavius

March 4th, 2011
10:03 am

BigboomNY = Uneducated Hater

Becky from PTC

March 4th, 2011
10:20 am

Drop Dead Diva is awesome. I was an extra, yesterday. The cast and crew were great! A very professional group. Thanks for coming to Peachtree City.
I made some new friends and got to hang out with my girlfriend.

shane

March 4th, 2011
11:02 am

Leann is Amazing ! I cant wait to see her on this show ! people need to get a life , Leann has one ! And its far better than any life any of you will ever have ! I have been a fan for 11 years now . She is the best county singer of our time ! And thats a fact ! Just keep leaving the mean comments because its doing her more good then it is bad, and she know this. Whatever, Leann your Amazing and you know it !

BigboomNY

March 4th, 2011
11:59 am

Quantavius= closest Homo

who cares

March 4th, 2011
1:09 pm

Shane, take it easy on the exclamation points!!!!!! Also, you don’t need to hit space bar twice before you type an exclamation point! Okay?!?! And finally, “And its far better than any life any of you will ever have !” Really, Shane? Really? Your age and your immaturity show in your post. Get back to your homework and MySpace. I will get back to my awesome life that far exceeds Leann’s. Thanks! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! !

Leann's friends must work for Drop Dead Diva

March 4th, 2011
1:22 pm

Shane, I remember many people saying that Leann has a habit of using excalmation points in her tweets, the way that shane does. If Leann was SO AMAZING, how come here fans are not downloading her single and how come her jobs are always favors from friends? Of course you are a “fan”, it’s why you are here writing a “get a life” post instead of downloading Leann’s song. Leann stages a photo-op EVERDAY, so you don’t have to wait for the show to see Leann. Perhaps it’s Leann who needs to get a life, she is the one tweeting about another woman’s kids on twitter talking about her so called sex life with that cheater. Leann is the best country singer of all time, well not according to Itunes or the fact that she has to give radio exec a parties just to play her song. How are the mean comments doing Leann any good, has her single made it into the top 100 chart on Itunes? Besides, between now and when that show airs, Leann is just going to burn even more bridges. Shane is doing DAMAGE CONTRL because everyone except for Leann’s producers friends knows that no one likes Leann and that putting her on that show is a big mistake.

123

March 4th, 2011
1:32 pm

“Leann’s friends must. . .” – you do need to get a life. Look at how much time you’ve spent on this blog alone.

Mr. Ed

March 4th, 2011
1:35 pm

Us Weekly is reporting that Rimes recently underwent breast enhancement surgery, showing off her new boob job in a bikini during her Mexican beach vacation.

“She recently got a boob job,” a source told the magazine. “She’s always, always been insecure about her size. She was a small A-cup. She often talked about wanting to get implants. She’d say, “I just want a little bit so they’re proportionate to my body.’”

Why must people feel the need to “enhance” themselves?

Quantavius

March 4th, 2011
2:12 pm

RE: BigboomNY = Uneducated Hater

I rest my case.

Kelly

March 4th, 2011
2:13 pm

I was an extra yesterday and had a great time! I appreciate the opportunity to work on a very enjoyable show. Peachtree City loves DDD!

Deirdre

March 4th, 2011
2:30 pm

Quantavius! LOL!!!

On another blog a woman declared herself a “college grad idiot” She was trying to call someone an idiot but leaving out the comma made it hilarious!

“closest Homo” LOL….I guess it’s better than being the farthest homo.

BigboomNY

March 4th, 2011
2:58 pm

-Quantavius

It’s sad that here in the U.S we cant speak our mind freely. I can post whatever I want here, and dont give a rats ass who doesnt like it. You dont know me, so you have no clue of my education. You have time to comment on other peoples post, so I can assume you are part of that 10.4 percent that is currently unemployed. Now go proof read this Homo…

Mr. Ed

March 4th, 2011
3:05 pm

“Kat Fight” between Quantavius and BigboomNY. I wonder who will come out on top? The suspense is killing me.

bena

March 4th, 2011
3:45 pm

BigboomNY – 3 posts. Quantavius – 2 posts. So BBNY, are we to assume that you, too, are part of that 10.4 percent that is currently unemployed??

In Loving & Honorable Memory of Royal Marshall

March 4th, 2011
4:07 pm

Dear BigboomNY -

BOO GOT SHOT !

BOO GOT SHOT !

Bored

March 4th, 2011
4:14 pm

Proofread is one word.

Curious George

March 4th, 2011
4:24 pm

If you were a hardworking, polite, diligent restaurant server, what level of gratuity do you think you would typically receive from a rage-filled, chest-beating, defiant, no-accountability, blame-everyone-else person like BigboomNY?

Leann's friends must work for Drop Dead Diva

March 4th, 2011
4:29 pm

@123, Hey SHANE. Why are you posting under all these different names?Another get a life post? So what’s the matter? Are you upset because people would dare say the obvious? That no one likes Leann and these “roles” are most likely favors from Leann’s friends? If Leann and the media wasn’t trying to shove Leann and her farce down people’s throat, this wouldn’t have even been an issue. We all know that no one likes Leann and she is doing more harm to the show with her daily photo-ops and tweets and the show hasn’t even started yet.

Speaking of getting a life, how many tweets has Leann made about another woman’s kids? If Leann’s life is so content and happy with Eddie, why does she spend it on twitter so much?

The Damage control has already begun, just look at how many “different” people who keep showing up to say that they were an extra on the set and that the show is going to be awesome.

Instead of writing GET A LIFE posts, perhaps you should go and download Leann’s single so that she doesn’t have to make it look like she has some success by bribing radio stations to play her song.

Leann is ruining any chances this show has, she has staged TWO airport photo-ops now, and making sure to flash that ring that her fiance had to reduce his child support to pay for.

Drop Dead Diva is doomed. Leann is such an attention seeker. Well one thing is for sure, Drop Dead Diva had better instruct Leann to calm down on tipping off the paps. It looks bad when out of the other three guest stars, Leann is the only one making a BIG DEAL out of as if she is the star of the show by tipping off the paps EVERYTIME she goes an airport.

john

March 4th, 2011
4:34 pm

Does anyone know WHERE in Peachtree City, they film Drop Dead Diva? Thanks.

john

March 4th, 2011
4:44 pm

This is exciting. I’d love to be an extra.

Deirdre

March 4th, 2011
5:17 pm

A warehouse at Falcon Field

john

March 4th, 2011
8:32 pm

Thanks, Deirdre

Ricki

March 4th, 2011
11:58 pm

Irony Irony Irony

Homely Homewrecker Leann Rimes is portraying an estranged wife. And the topic is HIT & RUN? Leann had a hit & run in real life.

Only in show business. When will Leann be cast in Whoville movie?

Ricki

March 5th, 2011
12:00 am

I hate that hair style Leann is sporting. All of LA is going with it. Heather Locklear is now wearing it. Brandi Glanville had it way before Leann, but Leann is just going along with the trend NOW.

It looks hideous on Leann. She does not have the face for it.

Natalie

March 5th, 2011
12:01 am

Look at Brooke Elliott. She’s hugging the executive producer and shunning Leann Rimes! Priceless

Leigh

March 5th, 2011
1:18 pm

Leann Rimes is one of country and western’s great vocalist. Her private life….is her private life. Drop Dead Diva performed a little under expectations last year. Lets hope for a brighter and more interesting season this summer. Let us know when they will come into ATL.

Marje

March 5th, 2011
7:42 pm

We all have different opinions and view points and sometimes people get a bit carried away trying to express how they feel. Can’t we try to be a little nicer.
I like Drop Dead Diva. I don’t like the fact that I have to wait so long to see it . Can that hurt ratings? Maybe it can. I think LeAnn has talent and will be fine on the show. I don’[t get why so many seem to be against her?

Leann's friends must work for Drop Dead Diva

March 6th, 2011
10:38 am

Leigh/marje

More damage control?

If Leann’s private life is her private life, then why is she on a public forum telling all of her business, right down to when she and that cheater are having sex? I find it odd that she keeps telling people to mind their business or that her private life is seperate from her career, yet she spends 24/7 on twitter telling strangers how she is sleeping in the same bed with EC kids or how she is wrapped in towels with those kids.

So what you are saying is that Drop Dead Diva and Lifetime think that they can make up for their ratings drop by having Leann as a guest star because they think that the media attention from her wedding to EC will boost their ratings? That was a big mistake, especially since the storyline they are using for Leann is EC ex-wife story. This method isn’t working for Leann’s single. It didn’t work with Chase, who kept advertising Eddie as a guest star on their show. It shows that Lifetime is insensitive and that their problem with ratings is that they have no clue what their viewers want.
Of all people they picked Leann, who burns bridges with the public because of her inappropriate tweets and photo-ops. Who is so insecure that she taunts Eddie’s ex-wife like crazy and has even
started dressing and wearing the same clothes and shoes as that woman.

If Leann had talent, then she wouldn’t have to keep going to such extremes to keep herself relevant.

People are against Leann because of her disgusting behavior. She is inappropriate and she is constantly trying to shove her farce with that cheater down people’s throats and trying to justify what she did and continues to do. Leann wasn’t the only one filming on the set that day, yet why was she the ONLY one who made over 20 tweets about the show and staged TWO photo-ops? Why was she the ONLY one using this show as a means to promote her relationship with that cheater(ie-can’t wait to get home to her fam or her love)?

Lifetime and Drop Dead Diva would have done better had they asked Leann to refrain from her tweets and photo-ops. Who wants to bet that Leann pimps out Eddie’s kids this weekend because in her mind Lifetime and Drop Dead Diva said that her bad behavior toward Brandi and Eddie’s kids was okay when they picked her for that role?

Leann doesn’t have talent and she is only fine for the show because it was a favor from her friend.

People are fed up with Leann and the attempts of the media to convince us that

Leann's friends must work for Drop Dead Diva

March 6th, 2011
6:46 pm

For those asking why people are so against Leann, check out the tweets that she has made today in regards to Glanville’s kids. Leann was asked repeatedly by the kids mother to stop talking about her kids on a public forum, because Leann has a tendency to provide TMI, including the exact location of where and when they can be found with those kids. Who wants to bet that come Monday morning or Sunday night, that photos of Leann and Eddie making out at his son’s baseball game (because for some odd reason she thinks that making out at the kid’s sporting events will convince people that Eddie isn’t cheating on her) will pop up all over the internet because Leann tipped off the paps. She can’t even deny that she tipped off the paps because she has been tweeting about the little boys game nonstop and of course, Lifetime told her that this behavior was okay. This is why no one likes Leann. She should have some respect and allow Brandi and Eddie to parent THEIR kids and stop interfering because she can’t trust that her fiance will be faithful to her. This is who Drop Dead Diva wants to represent them? A woman who would continue to tweet about kid’s that are not hers even after being asked several times not to do that?

Jolie

March 7th, 2011
7:00 pm

Won’t be watching anything Leann Rimes is in. Ugly person inside and out. What’s with that “her private life is her private life.”?! Yeah, right, especially when Leann tweets every second of her life and notifies the paparazzi wherever she is going to be. Leann doesn’t want any private life or else she would lay low. Leann is not good for Drop Dead Diva or anything else. Not listening ton a bad person sing.

Leann's friends must work for Drop Dead Diva

March 7th, 2011
10:01 pm

Why is Leann STILL tweeting about those kids?

CHO

March 8th, 2011
1:39 am

Who wants to see LeAnn Rimes? Her career as a child yodeler is over, and her plastic surgery is hideous. LeAnn Rimes = Falcor.

Leann's friends must work for Drop Dead Diva

March 8th, 2011
8:29 am

Oh no, Leann tipped off the paps AGAIN and all because Lifetime and Drop Dead Diva told her that she was “perfect” for their show. Leann must think that she is the star of that show. So now we are supposed to believe that Eddie is in love with Leann because he sat by and allowed Leann to make over 50 tweets about EC kids, she keeps calling Eddie her love(but I seriously doubt that since she spends more time on her iphone than she does with EC), and of course she and EC were spotted at a office building together(ie-EC loves her because she is helping her plan her wedding or EC loves her because he is willing to exploit his kids for their reality TV show). Now with all of Leann’s tweets and photo-ops which only serve to make the public dislike her even more, do they really think that they are going to get people to watch their show?

Bets

March 12th, 2011
11:25 am

I can’t wait for the next season to start again…love this show. But I’m wondering, why does the seasons seem so short??