Dramedy gets renewed for second season

“Drop Dead Diva” has legs at Lifetime. The cabler has renewed the Sony Pictures TV dramedy for a second season.

Lifetime has ordered 13 episodes to air next year. “Diva” stars Brooke Elliott as a once-shallow aspiring model who is reborn after a car accident as brilliant, plus-size attorney Jane Bingum.

Series performed strong out the gate for the cabler in its debut in July. “Diva” has averaged 2.6 million viewers in its Sunday 9 p.m. timeslot, and in its most recent airing Sunday, it hit a best-yet aud of more than 3 million viewers. “Diva’s” ascent has helped boost the aud for its 10 p.m. companion drama “Army Wives,” making both shows more valuable to Lifetime.

” ‘Drop Dead Diva’ is one of those rare gems that has charmed both viewers and critics,” said Lifetime entertainment exec veep JoAnn Alfano. “Brooke is a unique talent who has a wonderful career ahead of her.”

Series was created by drama vet Josh Berman, who exec produces with Craig Zadan, Neil Meron, Alex Taub and David Petrarca. Margaret Cho co-stars as Bingum’s loyal assistant. “Diva” has drawn a long list of guest stars in its frosh season, including Paula Abdul, Rosie O’Donnell, Tim Gunn, Liza Minnelli, Delta Burke and Nia Vardalos.

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