The wonderful folks at Lifetime’s “Drop Dead Diva,” shot in Peachtree City, invited me, Mara Davis of Dave FM and Emily Foley of Jezebel magazine yesterday to spend a few minutes with their latest guest star Kathy Griffin.
Griffin joins an illustrious crew of guests who have shown up on the dramedy, including Tim Gunn, Liza Minnelli, Rosie O’Donnell, Cybill Shepherd and Paula Abdul. Creator Josh Berman (who was part of my college graduating class in 1991 but someone I never knew at the time) was there, too, from Los Angeles. Griffin’s episode is set to air in early August. She plays the bitchier sister of the bitchiest character on the show, played by Kate Levering, Kim Kaswell. We watched a scene in which one character says “You are a virus!” at Kathy’s character, something that perhaps has been said to her in real life, too.
The Emmy-winning actress/stand-up comic is tiny in physical stature but plenty big in the personality department. She was still feisty after 12 hours of almost non-stop work and a ridiculously early call time. I had her riff on several of today’s hottest pop-culture topics, from “Dancing With the Stars” to Donald Trump to Oprah’s farewell to Arnold Schwarzenegger’s cheating shenanigans:
“Drop Dead Diva,” Lifetime, season 3 begins at 9 p.m. June 19, 2011.
By Rodney Ho, firstname.lastname@example.org, AJCRadioTV blog