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‘Diva’ not dead afterall

Updated: July 8, 2013 12:46PM

If “Drop Dead Diva’s” title character can come back to life, why can’t the show?

After being canceled in January, the Lifetime drama is back and airing its fifth season at 8 p.m. Sundays.

Diva’s path seems fitting to creator Josh Berman, who created the series about Deb, a vain model who dies only to have her soul transfer to the deceased body of brilliant, plus-sized attorney Jane (former Chicago actress Brooke Elliott).

“Personally, I feel the show itself is about second chances, it’s about Deb coming to life as Jane and getting a second chance,” he says. “We look at the show as having a second chance.”

“Diva” is the most recent show to be resurrected. AMC’s “The Killing” returned for a third season this month after its demise, and “Arrested Development,” which Fox dropped in 2006, returned in May on Netflix.

“Diva” was revived after Lifetime and studio Sony Pictures Television and devised “a new financial model” that lowered the network’s cost, says Lifetime executive Rob Sharenow. Berman says producers found ways for the show, to reduce costs “without affecting the end product.”

Gannett News Service

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