Lifetime orders more 'Diva'

Net orders 13 episodes for second season

Lifetime's comedic drama "Drop Dead Diva" has been renewed for a second season.

The network has ordered 13 new episodes of the freshman series, from Sony TV, creator Josh Berman and exec producers Craig Zadan and Neil Meron, to air in 2010.

"Diva," which premiered in July as Lifetime's best original drama series debut since the 2007 launch of "Army Wives," has become the first scripted series since "Wives" to earn a second-season pickup. It has averaged 2.6 million viewers, hitting series highs in the women demos last Sunday when the series, about a dead shallow model reincarnated in the body of a brilliant plus-size attorney (Brooke Elliott), drew more than 3 million total viewers.

" 'Drop Dead Diva' is one of those rare gems that has charmed both viewers and critics," Lifetime's exec vp entertainment JoAnn Alfano said of the show co-starring Margaret Cho.