Paula Abdul, Drop Dead Diva

Paula Abdul was back to work Thursday as a judge — a gavel-in-hand kind of judge — shooting a guest appearance for Lifetime's new dramedy, Drop Dead Diva.

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While her former co-judges headed to Denver for American Idol's Season 9 auditions — without her —Abdul was in Peachtree, Ga., to shoot Diva's season finale, Lifetime told TVGuide.com.

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In her first appearance, airing Sept. 13, Abdul plays a judge in a dream sequence to give Jane (the lead lawyer played by Brooke Elliott) advice on a tough case. In her return to Jane's dreams on Oct. 11, she offers advice on love.

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Drop Dead Diva airs Sundays at 9/8 CT on Lifetime.