Lifetime Pulling the Plug on Series THR
A series that has been a fixture on Lifetime is coming to an end. The Hollywood Reporter's Live Feed reports that the cable channel announced plans to wrap the dramedy "Drop Dead Diva" after its upcoming sixth season.
The show, from Josh Berman ("Bones," "CSI"), was canceled for a short time after its fourth season, but was brought back to life after Lifetime and producer Sony Pictures TV crunched the numbers -- including solid ratings for season four -- and found a way to make it work.
"Diva's" sixth and final season will launch in March.
"The Brooke Elliott-starrer about an aspiring model killed in a car crash and brought to life as a lawyer will kick off its final season with a two-hour premiere event on Sunday, March 23, at 9 p.m.," THR reports. "Co-star Margaret Cho will be joined by a roster of guest stars for the final run, including Rick Springfield, S. Epatha Merkerson, John Ratzenberger, Corbin Bleu, Colin Egglesfield, Virginia Williams and Jay DeMarcus of Rascal Flatts."
The show averaged 1.99 million total viewers during season five, down from 2.3 million for season four -- and well below the 2.84 million average of season one, the piece notes.
The report adds: "During its run, the series has won multiple GLAAD Awards as well as the Gracie Award for Individual Achievement by a female rising star for Elliott. Last month, she was nominated for another GLAAD Award in the individual episodic category. The series has also picked up nominations for Prism Awards, NAACP Image Awards and was a contender for the Humanitas Prize."