Lifetime has cancelled Drop Dead Diva again. But there's a bright side to the situation this time around, as news of the cancellation comes ahead of the sixth season premiere, as opposed to after the season aired. The last time they cancelled the show, fans were left hanging on a pretty major cliffhanger. Hopefully that won't be the case for Season 6.
THR posted the news, stating that the upcoming sixth season of Drop Dead Diva will be its last. The series is set to return Sunday, March 23 at 9:00 p.m. with a two-hour premiere, and a number of guest stars -- Rick Springfield, S. Epatha Merkerson, John Ratzenberger, Corbin Bleu and others -- are set to appear during this final run of episodes.
Drop Dead Diva stars Brooke Elliott as a woman who was an aspiring model before she dies in a car accident and manages to get herself sent back to Earth. The twist is that she ends up in the body of a plus-size attorney. With a brain boost and a whole new life, Jane tries to start over and reconnect with her former fiance, Grayson (Jackson Hurst). Also among the cast are Margaret Cho, who plays Jane's assistant, and April Bowlby, who plays Stacy Barrett, Jane's best friend and one of the only people who knows pretty much from the start that Jane is actually Deb reincarnated. The series is split between Jane's legal cases and the things going on in her personal life.
Lifetime cancelled the show back in early 2013, leaving fans hanging after a major twist during the end of the series' fourth season finale, which involved Jane and Grayson kissing and Jane's fiancé witnessing it and then collapsing. Fans were left to wonder how things would have picked up had the show gone on. The network eventually un-cancelled the drama and brought it back for Season 5 in June of 2013, after which it was renewed for Season 6. It was a fun and oftentimes funny and sweet series, so it's disappointing that it's wrapping up, but it's extended life likely takes some of the sting out of this latest cancellation, as fans will hopefully get some closure to the story during its final run.
As THR notes, this news comes five months after Lifetime opted to cancel their long running drama Army Wives. Meanwhile, the network has Witches of East End and Devious Maids on its drama slate, and Marti Noxon's Un-Real headed to series, along with a dystopian thriller called The Lottery. Out of contention is HR, which would have starred Alicia Silverstone. Also in the works is a sequel to the Flowers in the Attic adaptation the network aired this year. Ellen Burstyn and Heather Graham are confirmed to return for Petals on the Wind, though there's been no word yet on when Lifetime plans to get that on the air.
It's unfortunate that Drop Dead Diva was cancelled. However, if you are looking to add the series to your dvd or blu-ray collection, you can check that out here.