Shh! We have an all-access pass to the fifth season of "Drop Dead Diva"! Go behind the scenes of Divaland with these exclusive behind the scenes pictures:
An actress with bonafide musical chops playing a character with loads of imagination is the perfect recipe for a few dream-sequence musical numbers, wouldn't you say? "Diva" has used actress Brooke Elliott's powerful pipes and the talents of its multi-talented cast (Kate Levering is a Tony Award nominee!), plus enthusiastic guest stars like Paula Abdul, to stage super fun music video-style forays into Jane's psyche.
Watch one of our favorite musical moments:
Find out more about the tunes used on the show:
-"Drop Dead Diva" Music Guide
In its first four seasons, Diva has been a magnet for guest stars, attracting big names to jazz up cases and courtroom proceedings at Harrison Parker. From Paula Abdul as Jane's dream-world advisor to notorious dance diva Abby Lee Miller and everyone in between -- including Liza Minnelli, Elliott Gould, LeAnn Rimes, Lance Bass, Nia Vardalos, Vivica A. Fox, Delta Burke, and Ricki Lake -- the show has featured some notable famous faces. Check out a sampling of our favorite guests' best moments in videos and pictures below!
Watch our favorite guest star moments:
View the best guest-star moments in pictures:
-Season 4, Episode 9: Ashes to Ashes
-Season 4, Episode 4: Winning Ugly
-Season 3, Episode 8: He Said, She Said
-Season 3, Episode 5: Prom
-Season 3, Episode 1: Hit and Run
-Season 2, Episode 5: Senti-Mental Journey
-Season 2, Episode 1: Would I Lie to You?
Season 5 is getting a new angel! Paul (Justin Deeley) is Jane's new guardian angel. Between his good looks and his natural charm, earthly living comes easy to Paul. Humorous, sweet, and a bit surprised by human beings' obsession with his lookshe’s blissfully unaware that he’s not the sharpest knife in the shed.
View pictures of Paul in the Season 5, Episode 1 photo gallery:
-Season 5, Episode 1: Back from the Dead
As the angel in charge of Deb's disastrous post-death review, Fred (Ben Feldman) was demoted to be her guardian angel after she took up residence in Jane's body. Fred felt an immediate attraction to Deb's best friend Stacy, and the two jumped a lot of hurdles -- including memory loss, jealousy and infidelity -- to try to make their relationship work. Unfortunately, human emotion proved too complicated and heartbreaking for Fred. At the end of Season 3 he ascended back to heaven, where he was relieved of his guardian angel duties.
Sent down as a replacement at the start of Season 4, Luke (Carter MacIntyre) watched over Jane by buying her apartment building -- thus becoming her landlord -- and by becoming an angel investor (hah!) in the firm. His mission was to encourage Deb to become more like Jane, and in doing so let go of her past life. He tried to stop Jane from indulging the Deb parts of her by making sure Grayson didn't figure out Jane's secret. He also courted Kim briefly.
Kim Kaswell (Kate Levering) didn't get off on the right foot with Jane. Not only did Kim dislike Jane because of her being overweight, but she was jealous of Jane's brains. And the feeling was mutual. Jane wasn't exactly thrilled when she found out that Kim was seeing Grayson, to say the least. (They even had a pregnancy scare!)
By the time the second season came around, Jane and Kim were full-on rivals at the firm, and Kim even testified against Jane at her disbarment hearing. Luckily, Jane was able to prove herself and as we know, continued to practice law. At the same time, Kim grew closer to Parker personally and professionally. By the end of the season, Kim was fired by her boss Claire Harrison (who also kissed Parker!).
Parker tried to apologize to Kim after spotting her at a coffee shop, but she got back to him the only way she knew howby kicking his butt in court. Kim was then came back to the firm and was made partner. In Season 4, Kim took Jane on as her secondary partner because with Parker away, the firm was having financial difficulty. When Parker came back, the pair rekindled their relationship and in the finale of Season 4, Kim learns she is pregnant with Parker's baby.
Watch our favorite Kim (and Kate!) moment:
A powerful lawyer and a bit of a playboy, Jay Parker founded Harrison & Parker and was the firm's lead partner. His affair with a married woman led to Jane getting shot at the start of the series. Throughout the first season, Parker had an antagonistic back-and-forth with Jane, whose courtroom methods he usually found ridiculous or unorthodox.
Despite their spotty working relationship, Parker stepped up to the plate to defend Jane in her disbarment hearing at the start of Season 2. Later that season Parker and Kim began dating, but their relationship was tested when Parker's former partner Claire Harrison returned to the firm. Claire and Kim butted heads, and Claire fired Kim -- only to have Parker fire her, then try to hire Kim back. Hurt over the way Parker consistently ignored his ex-girlfriends, Kim refused.
In Season 3 it seemed like Parker and Kim were trying things again. But Parker hired his former girlfriend, Elisa, as a temp, and it wasn't long before Kim figured out that Elisa's son was actually Parker's son, too. When Parker found out, he flew into a rage over the fact that he was kept in the dark for so long. He quit his job to chase after Elisa, giving Kim his share of the firm. Season 4 saw Parker return to the firm empty-handed. He lawyered up to try to gain visitation rights for his son, going up against Elisa in court. Parker also struggled with the firm's financial debt, and with Grayson's help courted a new investor, Gina. When the firm was accused of laundering money, Kim discovered Parker played a larger role in the firm's troubles than he wanted to admit. In the Season 4 finale, Kim confessed to Parker that she was pregnant with his child.
Watch our favorite Josh Stamberg moments:
Known for quirky behavior and outrageous outfits, Jane's assistant Teri Lee (Margaret Cho) has been there for her since Day One, and never let's Jane out of her sight. No really, she even installed a GPS on Jane's phone, which came in handy when Jane fled to Italy.
Never one to hold back, Teri is the firm's gossip and has no problem speaking her mind. She is also an anspiring musician (and has a musical personaLady Bodacious!) and performed at the opening of Stacy's pakery in Season 4, Episode 4.
View Teri's best moments in pictures:
-Season 4, Episode 13: Jane's Getting Married
-Season 4, Episode 11: Family Matters
-Season 4, Episode 7: Crushed
-Season 4, Episode 4: Winning Ugly
-Season 3, Episode 12: He Said, She Said
Aspiring model Stacy (April Bowlby) was on the phone with her best friend Deb when Deb was involved in a fatal car accident. When Deb came back to Earth as Jane, Stacy was the first person she ran to for help -- and one of the only people to know her secret.
Aside from being bubbly, friendly, and optimistic, Stacy quickly proved herself to be an invaluable asset to the firm, often supplying quirky theories and doing independent research that helped Jane land wins in the courtroom. Stacy's sunny demeanor and model looks also drew Fred's attention, and he spent Season 1 pursuing her. But their first kiss was a step too far for Fred: Breaking heaven's rules wiped all Stacy's memories of him.
But his return in Season 2 meant a return to their courtship, and eventually Stacy fell for him. Their relationship progressed slowly but hopefully until Stacy booked a commercial that required her to kiss hot model co-stars, which hurt Fred's pride. In Season 3, Stacy finally landed a starring role on a TV show. She chose to keep her relationship with Fred a secret from the press -- for "publicity purposes," she said -- but her attraction to her co-star, Brian, was hard to deny. So hard to deny that the two shared a passionate kiss.
Fred confronted Stacy about the kiss and left in anger. Stacy, convinced Jane was the one who told Fred of her misdeed, pushes her best friend away, distraught at Jane's lack of loyalty. Diva behavior became more and more of Stacy's specialty as her newfound popularity went to her head. But when Brian stole a commercial deal out of from under her, then slept with her assistant, Stacy flipped out and punched him, then got arrested for assault. Grayson stepped in to help her clear the charges, and the two kissed, a move that both quickly admitted was a mistake -- but not before Jane saw and reported back to Fred, who immediately cancelled plans to reconcile with Stacy. Stacy found herself the victim of memory-wiping again in Season 4, after Fred confessed to all the secrets of his origins that he'd been hiding since they met.
With Fred officially gone and her acting career at a standstill, Stacy turned to baking. She accidentally invented a tasty new dessert called the pake after crossing a recipe for pie with a recipe for cake, and the treat soared in popularity. A new friend, Nikki, convinced Stacy to go into business with her on a new "pakery." Stacy agreed despite Jane's warnings that Nikki was untrustworthy, but ended up regretting her decision when Nikki turned out to be a con artist and ran off with Stacy's investment money. Stacy's friends convinced her not to abandon the pakery idea, but things came to a halt again when she got into hot water with a man who sued her, claiming that she stole the pake recipe from him. Stacy helped her legal defense win in the courtroom and successfully landed the patent for pakes.
View Stacy's best moments in pictures:
-Season 4, Episode 13: Jane's Getting Married
-Season 4, Episode 8: Road Trip
-Season 3, Episode 13: Change of Heart
-Season 2, Episode 4: Home Away From Home
-Season 1 Best Moments
We first met Judge Owen French (Lex Medlin) while he was presiding over a case in Season 3 that Jane was working on. The two quickly developed a more-than-friends relationship and by the end of Season 3, Owen asked Jane to move with him to New Zealand. After much deliberation, the two did not move across the world, but went on an extended vacation to Italy instead.
Owen proposed to Jane in the beginning of Season 4, but quickly slipped out of town, saying that he was going to visit a friend who was in the hospital. Teri eventually found out that Owen was lying and was having second thoughts about getting married, since he was married before and had seen too many marriages fail. He also explained that he was once in a coma after a heart attack and he didn't want to hurt Jane by dying. Jane told him she'd stick with him through thick and thin, and Jane and Owen's wedding was set for the Season 4 finale. But as we all know, just minutes before walking down aisle, Owen walked in on Jane and Grayson kissing, had a heart attack and now Jane's spirit inhabits his body.