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Confirmed: Lifetime drops Peachtree City’s ‘Drop Dead Diva’ after four seasons

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Three months ago, I questioned whether Lifetime was going to renew “Drop Dead Diva,” a dramedy shot out of Peachtree City since 2009.

Why? In the past, they had given the show a green light for a new season no later than September. By mid-October, I had heard nothing. So it was fair for me to think Lifetime was truly on the fence about the show.

Indeed, the silence continued until a Deadline.com story yesterday confirmed what creator Josh Berman had feared: Lifetime is sending the show to heaven after four seasons. Unless Sony, the production company, can find another network to pick it up, metro Atlanta is losing another show. (MTV’s “Teen Wolf” decided to move to Los Angeles after two seasons.)

Deadline.com is almost always accurate in situations like this. I have not heard back from folks at Lifetime or Berman himself just yet but will update this when I do get independent confirmation. [UPDATE at 12:38 p.m. EST: A Lifetime spokeswoman confirmed that Deadline is 100% correct.] Berman in recent weeks has been Tweeting to his fans to encourage them to contact Lifetime and keep the show alive.

Here’s Berman’s statement I received at 2:03 p.m. EST:

There is so much love and support for Drop Dead Diva. I’m grateful to our awesome fans who continue to support the show through social media. I don’t believe this is the end of the series. I’m hopeful that Sony will find a way to keep Drop Dead Diva on the air for many years to come.

In my story last fall, I gave reasons why I thought the show might get one more season (syndication dollars, wrapping up loose plot ends, a rebound in ratings toward the end of season four), but obviously, the other argument won out (primarily, other projects on the slate that Lifetime’s budget could be used for).

This is a downer for the Atlanta comedy scene, too. Cast member Margaret Cho was a regular at Midtown’s Laughing Skull Lounge during the months she was here.

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26 comments Add your comment

Rickster

January 16th, 2013
10:55 am

Guess Paula Abdul’s going to have to go back to selling jewelry on QVC.

Granda

January 16th, 2013
11:00 am

And nobody will notice if it goes away.

Dorothy

January 16th, 2013
11:19 am

Wrong, Grandpa lots of DDD fans will mourn its passing.

Huge Fan

January 16th, 2013
11:42 am

LOVE this show. Fantastic actors. Sincerely hope it will be picked up for another season.

Deborah

January 16th, 2013
11:43 am

I hate to hear this news. I really liked the show and its characters. The actors always pulled it off in a very fun way.

Marty

January 16th, 2013
11:52 am

My wife got me started on this show. Jumped the shark when they changed the guardian angel. Wasn’t the same after.

Class of '98

January 16th, 2013
11:52 am

Margaret Cho is still around? Is 99% of her comedy still crude impersonations of her extremely Asian mother?

Haha, that bit never gets old… oh wait, nevermind, it got old about 25 years ago.

Deirdre

January 16th, 2013
11:55 am

Inevitable, I guess. You have to promise, if they fill that studio with another show, you will call me whenever you’re in town.

Kalina

January 16th, 2013
12:35 pm

I love this show!!!!! I really, really hope it doesn’t get cancelled for real. :(

CA Gal

January 16th, 2013
12:51 pm

I love this show too!! They gotta have one more season to wrap things up! Please someone else pick the show up!!!

Elegance

January 16th, 2013
1:09 pm

Hate to see the opportunities for the little people associated with this project to dwindle/leave but this show definitely deserved to drop dead. Thanks for playing DDD, we WILL NOT miss you!

Marceita

January 16th, 2013
1:40 pm

We LOVE this show. How can they cancel it and leave the fans hanging after the amazing season finale? Who can we protest to?

say no to cokie

January 16th, 2013
2:45 pm

When I was listening to npr interview cokie roberts, she tried to say that she had never heard of applebees. The only thing worse than a liar is a snobby liar. Has she never left the house? those places are on every corner. I used to like her but not anymore sisters!

NLT

January 16th, 2013
2:51 pm

I really liked the show. I blame that Kardashian chick for the show’s demise. She was a guest star for a couple of episodes.

Moist Dawg

January 16th, 2013
4:19 pm

Mabe if you stopped watching this garbage and turned on the Bulldogs you wouldn’t be so let down. Sickening

SuperNova

January 16th, 2013
4:58 pm

NLT, the word “star” should never, ever be used in conjunction with the name “Kardashian”.

MC

January 16th, 2013
5:27 pm

Anything that gets Margaret Cho out of the state is fine by me.

Nonna

January 16th, 2013
6:36 pm

This was a terrible decision. I am so disappointed with the Lifetime network. They have clearly lost sight of what they are supposed to be about, the viewers. My Life. My Time? This is such a slap in the face to all the fans who became invested in this wonderful series for 4 seasons. Fans deserve a proper ending and I truly hope another network will pick it up! Leaving us with that cliffhanger ending was just cruel and if that’s the kind of network Lifetime is gonna be, than I don’t want to support them anymore. They are more concerned about producing reality tv to save a buck, than putting out quality television

I am glad Josh Berman seems so positive and hopeful. I really hope Sony can get this show on another network.

Jasmine

January 16th, 2013
6:36 pm

I love this show and I hope it’s not done. I’m so tired of all the reality tv shows that has been replacing quality tv. 2007 really messed things up with that writers’ strike.

sassenach

January 16th, 2013
7:23 pm

Lifetime wants to save a buck with reality TV programming. That’s why it was dropped. The ratings were actually above average for the summer show and if I am correct the final EP had the highest amount of viewers.
Renew Drop Dead Diva on another network it still has life in it.

Lisa

January 16th, 2013
10:58 pm

Lifetime, you are making a big mistake. Drop Dead Diva has a dedicated fan base and you decide to trash a really great series only to keep real trash on your network (reality tv). I hope another network picks up the series because where DDD goes the fans will follow.

Atlantarama

January 17th, 2013
12:16 am

goodridance

January 17th, 2013
7:08 am

Now if we could only get about 99% of the rest of the shows on television cancelled, we will be in much better shape.

Lisa

January 17th, 2013
11:13 pm

I love this show and that is why I am calling on all Drop Dead Diva fans to make noise by spreading to keep DDD alive through social media, friends, signing the petition to bring back DDD. Please, take a few moments and sign the petition. https://www.change.org/petitions/lifetime-television-netwrok-bring-back-drop-dead-diva

TheLazyComic

January 19th, 2013
8:28 am

Boo hoo… how will I live now?

verysad

January 23rd, 2013
1:28 am

I am begging Lifetime to renew the show!!!!! I love Drop Dead Diva…..It’s my favorite show.