Lifetime puts 'Diva' on its summer runway


Lifetime has picked up the comedic drama "Drop Dead Diva" to series.

The network ordered 12 episodes of the Brooke Elliott starrer for a summer premiere.

Created by Josh Berman and produced by Sony Pictures TV, "Diva" centers on a beautiful but vapid model wannabe who, after dying in a car accident, is reincarnated in the body of Jane Bingum (Elliott), a brilliant, thoughtful and overweight attorney.

"It's the type of show that truly enhances the Lifetime brand — the duality of emotionally compelling drama with an equal balance of humor," Lifetime executive vp JoAnn Alfano said.

Berman is executive producing the series with Craig Zadan and Neil Meron of Storyline Entertainment. (partialdiff)