Entertaining, fun and every episode of season three of “Drop Dead Diva” was delightful. “Drop Dead Diva – The Complete Third Season” is recommended!
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DVD TITLE: Drop Dead Diva – The Complete Third Season
YEAR OF FILM: 2011
DURATION: (13 Episodes) 561 Minutes
DVD INFORMATION: Widescreen 1:78:1, Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround, Subtitles: English SDH, French
COMPANY: Sony Pictures Home Entertainment
RELEASE DATE: May 29, 2012
Directed by Jamie Babbit, Michael Grossman, Michael Schultz
Written by Josh Berman, Jeffrey Lippman, Alex Taub, Amy Engelberg, Wendy Engelberg
Executive Producer: Josh Berman, Neil Meron, Craig Zadan, Alex Taub, Dauri Chase, Sarah Rath, Amy Engelberg, Wendy Engelberg
Co-Executive Producer: Robert J. Wilson, Jamie Babbit
Consulting Producer: William N. Fordes, Sandy Isaac, Rob Wright
Co-Producer: Jeffrey Lippman
Associate Producer: Den Dioria
Music by Scott Starrett
Cinematography by David A. Makin
Edited by Augie Hess, Tirsa Hackshaw, John Murray
Casting by Eric Dawson, Carol Kritzer, Robert J. Ulrich
Design by Eric Weiler
Art Direction by Heather R. Dumas
Set Decoration by Amy McGary
Costume Design by Amanda Riley
Jackson Hurst as Grayson Kent
Kate Levering as Kim Kaswell
April Bowlby as Stacy Barrett
Josh Stamberg as Jay Parker
Brooke Elliott as Jane Bingum
Margaret Cho as Teri Lee
Ben Feldman as Fred
Brooke D’Orsay as Deb Dobkins
Jaime Ray Newman as Vanessa Hemmings
Acclaimed by critics and adored by viewers, the dazzling third season of Drop Dead Diva is the most delightful and deliriously funny yet! Whether forced to play wedding planner for her former fiancé’s nuptials, fighting courtroom cases from breast implant surgery gone wrong to a Death Row inmate finally trying to do right, or facing down her own love life issues with suitors both past and present, Jane is living the adventure of two lifetimes, and then some. Guest stars include Leann Rimes, Kathy Griffin, Wendy Williams, Paula Abdul, and more!
In 2009, Josh Berman (executive producer for “Bones” and “CSI: Crime Scene Investigation”) produced an hour-long series titled “Drop Dead Diva”, a legal comedy which airs on Lifetime. And now the hit legal drama’s third season will be released on DVD in May 2012 right before the season premiere of the fourth season.
For fans of “Drop Dead Diva”, the third season provided many twists and turns but also answering one of the biggest questions that fans have been waiting for… will Grayson find out that Deb has returned in Jane’s body?
What is “Drop Dead Diva” all about?
The series began with aspiring model, Deb Dobkins (portrayed by Brooke D’Orsay) who lived somewhat of a shallow life but was a happy woman.
She hung out with her BFF Stacy Barrett (portrayed by April Bowlby) and was engaged to Grayson Kent (portrayed by Jackson Hurst) and life was good, until she got into a car accident and died.
While in heaven, another woman named Jane Bingum (portrayed by Brooke Elliott), a lawyer was shot and also died and went into heaven. But because Deb hasn’t shown any positive or negative redeeming qualities, she is considered by the gatekeeper named Fred (played by Ben Feldman) to be returned back to Earth.
But Deb instead chose to mess with Fred’s “return button” and in the process, instead of returning back to her body, she returns back into the body of Jane, the plus-size attorney. And now Deb must live a new life as Jane.
As Deb now lives life as Jane, she manages to still have passion towards fashion but also has retained Jane’s intelligence and brilliant legal knowledge.
The first season of “Drop Dead Diva” focused on Deb trying to get used to being Jane but also learn more about Jane’s real life and how she struggled with dieting, was not popular at school but she also can sing. At the same time, Deb learns how people thought about her posthumously including her parents unhappiness but most importantly how self-absorbed she was.
As Jane returns back to work, she also has to deal with her secret that she is being Jane and watching over her is Fred, the gatekeeper in heaven who has been demoted to guardian angel for Jane. As Fred knows the true identity of Jane, also knowing her true identity is her best friend Stacy (who has a fling with Fred).
Jane works at the law firm Harrison & Parker with her womanizing boss Jay Parker (played by Josh Stamberg); brilliant attorney Kim Kasswell (played by Kate Levering), a woman who also has a rivalry with Jane as both women are great at their job; her blunt and opinionated assistant Teri Lee (played by Margaret Cho) and also, working with her boyfriend Grayson Kent.
But while Deb gets used to her new life as Jane and takes on various cases, deep inside, it’s difficult when Deb sees Grayson with other women and knowing that she can’t tell him that she is now Jane.
For season three of “Drop Dead Diva”, we learn what happens to the relationship between Jay Parker and Kim Caswell, whether or not Stacy and Fred’s relationship will last and also which men that Jane will meet and date, while trying to be tough that Grayson is marrying attorney Vanessa Hemmings.
But what happens when Grayson depends on Jane’s help and support in preparation of the wedding?
Find out in “Drop Dead Diva – The Complete Third Season”!
“Drop Dead Diva” featured 13 episodes on three DVD’s. Here is a brief spoiler-free synopsis of Season Three.
- EPISODE 27 – Hit and Run – Jane worries about Grayson, who is in a coma, while she is assigned on a case against two celebrities involved in a hit-and-run of 13-year-old.
- EPISODE 28 – False Alarm - Grayson wants Jane to help him with his wedding plans with Vanessa.
- EPISODE 29 – Dream Big - Jane takes on a major case of a woman who is suing a sperm bank, due to her son being a “little person” having health problems and taking its toll emotionally and financially on the family.
- EPISODE 30 – The Wedding – It’s the big day as Grayson is to marry Vanessa, meanwhile as Jane buys a wedding gift, she is robbed at gunpoint.
- EPISODE 31 – Prom – Jane represents two lesbian teenagers who are denied attending prom at school.
- EPISODE 32 – Closure – Jane has to work for a week at the DA’s office after being deputized as a DA and work with an old ex.
- EPISODE 33 – Mother’s Day – Jane’s mother gets into trouble, meanwhile Deb’s mother becomes a target for Parker.
- EPISODE 34 – He Said, She Said – Jane and Grayson are at odds when she represents a rape victim against a star football player from Grayson’s old high school.
- EPISODE 35 – You Bet Your Life – Jane has to help a former sorority rival (of Deb), but will she be to represent her old rival?
- EPISODE 36 – Toxic - Jane is fired from her job.
- EPISODE 37 – Ah Men - Parker is reunited with an old girlfriend, but Jane finds out a major secret about her.
- EPISODE 38 – Bride-a-Palooza - Jane takes on a case of a well-known Bridezilla who was trampled at an event. Meanwhile, Stacy’s new attitude of being actress on a TV show is taking its toll on all her friends.
- EPISODE 39 – Change of Heart – A death row inmate about to be executed, wants Jane to find a way to give his heart to his sister who needs a transplant.
VIDEO, AUDIO & SUBTITLES:
“Drop Dead Diva” is presented in widescreen 1:78:1 and English Dolby Digital 5.1 Digital Surround. For the most part, “Drop Dead Diva” is a series that has always looked good on DVD. Video quality has its vibrant moments outdoors, well-lit during indoor scenes and one of those series that I wished was released on Blu-ray.
With that being said, like most series on DVD, “Drop Dead Diva” while looking good, does tend to show some artifacting (most people will not notice) as expected on DVD especially during darker lit scenes. But for the most part, this is a good looking series on DVD.
As for the audio, presented via Dolby Digital 5.1, this legal drama series is dialogue driven but also tends to feature quite a bit of music and both dialogue and music are clear and I detected no audio problems during my view of “Drop Dead Diva”.
Subtitles are in English SDH and French.
“Drop Dead Diva – The Complete Third Season” comes with no special features.
The third season of “Drop Dead Diva” is possibly my favorite season by far.
Each episode was entertaining, well-written, well-performed and there is a good number of appearances by a few stars such as Paula Abdul, LeAnn Rimes, Wendy Williams, Kathy Griffin, Brandy and many more!
But with the third season, I enjoyed the character dynamics.
Actress/singer Brooke Elliott does a fantastic job of playing an intelligent lawyer while maintaining Deb’s cheerful attitude (and little laugh), especially discussion of fashion that comes out in the most unexpected moments. And there is no doubt that Brooke Elliot as Jane, was put into many emotional moments throughout the series and you can only sympathize with her, knowing that Deb, who is now Jane, must deal with Grayson’s engagement, trying to move on and date other men and also seeing things get a little heated between Jane and her best friend Stacy.
Also, another plus for the third season is how the writers utilized each character quite well. From Parker’s womanizing and his off-and-on relationship with Kim, the fragile relationship between Stacy and Fred and even more craziness with Terri Lee, if anything, I like it when writers give their supporting cast members a chance to show their importance to a series and everyone did a fantastic job with this third season and the back-and-forth dynamics between these characters, you can tell they are very comfortable with one another and the chemistry shows!
What didn’t I like about this third season? Not much but there were times where I felt the pacing was off and instead of easing into the conclusion, sometimes the story just transitions abruptly more often during transitions to where Jane congratulates her clients. And even some of the lines given to Margaret Cho’s character Teri Lee that were meant to be funny, just wasn’t. And while I did like how things were going with Stacy and Fred, while most of the characters had a lot of emotional involvement in the show, I felt writers to need to give more emotional scenes to Ben Feldman’s guardian angel character. Without spoiling the storyline between Stacy and Fred, I just felt their relationship and what happens to it, could have been handled better.
But with that being said, everything fell into place. I really enjoyed this season’s episodes, the humor in the series especially the season finale cliffhanger.
As for those who have not seen season 1-2, while the backstory does help, to tell you the truth, there is so much discussion of the past that new viewers can just jump in to this series and enjoy it and also know what’s going on (well, with the exception of the first episode with Grayson in a coma). But other than that, one can easily jump into this series with season three.
As for the DVD, I’m disappointed that there are no special features. No gag real, no audio commentary, no interviews, no behind-the-scenes interviews. For such an enjoyable series at least include special features! If anything, this was the only major negative I found with this DVD release.
Overall, “Drop Dead Diva – The Complete Third Season” was fantastic and I can’t wait until season four! But hopefully by next season, they can include special features with the DVD release. Other than that, fans of the series or those curious about “Drop Dead Diva”, will definitely want to give this third season a try. Recommended!