With a prom, Kathy Griffin two weeks ago, Patti Stanger this week and every hot couple ending up in bed together, it's like we are getting to live out our wildest "Drop Dead Diva" dreams each Sunday night at 9/8c on Lifetime! In this week's After the Episode With Josh, executive producer and show creator Josh Berman leads us deeper into Diva-land with more on Kim and Parker, a Fred and Stacy spinoff and what this show is really about.
We get a lot of questions about Jane's bedding in the show, any idea where it comes from?
You know, I can’t be sure. I’ll look into it, though! The art department on set (which is in Georgia) is super talented. I always love the goldfish Tyra that lives on the coffee table!
Sylvia wanted to thank you for making a show with "a real heroine." In what ways do you think Jane is a heroine?
In all ways. I feel like Brooke is the real heroine, though. Without her, Jane would be just letters on a page.
Patty wonders if Fred and Stacy will get married and have their own spinoff show! If you were to do a "Diva" spinoff, which character's (or characters') life and story would you follow?
Great idea, Patty. Yes, they could easily have their own spinoff. Since they're both hilarious actors, perhaps it would be a comedy. I love writing for both of them.
I would love to see where Stacy and Fred would go if it were all about them. There’s so much meat on the bone there! He’s not entirely human, and she doesn’t know it... She is both Jane and Deb’s best friend and he is Jane’s guardian angel! The possibilities are endless. I'm loving just thinking about it!
First, Deb had a secret sister and now Tina (who thinks she'd be the perfect candidate) asks if there will be another secret relative from Jane's past. like a daughter? If not in the forgotten family tree, what other dark "Jane's past" secrets would you want to explore?
The series is about uncovering secrets and learning who we are as people. Jane will continue to discover new things about old Jane and the best is yet to come!
Michelle asks: "Where are all the things Deb loved to do that Jane seems to not like now? You showed her shopping long ago but that turned into a lawsuit. Manicures? Shoes? Hair salons?" I think she might need to rewatch Season 1, but what is your take on this?
Great point. We haven’t forgotten about Deb! In a lot of ways it is more interesting to show Deb shine through in the life that Jane is living. For example, when Jane giggles in the court room or surprises herself with her use of Jane’s brain! Deb is there... The character is always Deb in Jane's body, but like all of us, she continues to evolve.
Phila tries to slip one past us. "Who figures out Deb is Jane first: Grayson or Deb's mom? I know you can't say ;)" True - but good point! Since a lot of the viewers want Grayson to fall in love with Jane as she is now, is Jane's relationship with Bobbi foreshadowing (or proof?) that Grayson could fall in love with the Deb (and the Jane) in Jane. As Jane?
It may be foreshadowing to some permutation of what you’re asking... But it’s certainly not proof of anything. Having Jane and Bobbi together on screen is actually not about Grayson at all. It’s about having Deb connect with her mom even though Bobbi doesn’t know it. I get tingles just thinking about it!
Episode 9 gave us a glimpse of something we've been pining for seeing Kim and Parker together again as more than just coworkers. Ashley wants to know if this means Parker and Kim are back together for good?
Kim and Parker are far from over. But this Sunday's episode, we will learn more! I'm excited to see the fans' reaction.
"Dear Josh," Litska asks, "what has been the biggest challenge that you have encountered thus far as creator and executive producer of 'Drop Dead Diva'?"
The romantic in me wants so badly for Jane to tell Grayson, to tell everyone, the truth about Deb. So that’s the biggest challenge, really. It feels like such an obvious answer. Jane withholding that from the other characters is the magic of our show. Despite that fact, every time I sit down to write I just want to give it all away!
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