Happy New TV Year! With the Winter Olympics only a little more than a month away, the networks are wasting no time premiering new and returning shows through January, making this almost as busy a month for programming as the heights of September. Let the winter midseason begin.
BACK TO SCHOOL: Some underdogs adopt a never-say-die mentality. In the fringe world of wackiness known as NBC's Community, it's more like never say graduate, as the cult comedy returns for an against-the-odds fifth season with back-to-back episodes (Thursday, 8/7c) once again under the warped tutelage of mercurial series creator Dan Harmon. (For more on his and the show's comeback, go here.)
Like the show's titular character, Drop Dead Diva is coming back to life!
After being canceled in January, the Lifetime series will return for a fifth season Sunday at 9/8c, picking up shortly after Jane Bingum (Brooke Elliot) kissed former love Grayson (Jackson Hurst) at her wedding to Owen (Lex Medlin). Oops! Meanwhile, Old Jane pushed the return button, sending her back to Earth. But whose body will she end up in? TVGuide.com spoke with executive producer Josh Berman to get the scoop on the new season:
Jane Bingum — the real one — will return in the season finale of Drop Dead Diva!
The real Jane (Brooke Elliott) was last seen in the series premiere, in which she took a bullet for Parker (Josh Stamberg). At the same time, Deb (then portrayed by Brooke D'Orsay) died in a car accident. When Deb got to heaven, she pressed the "return" button on Fred's (Ben Feldman) keyboard and came back to Earth in the only body available: Jane's. Now, in the Season 4 finale, we'll find out where real Jane has been all this time.
Mad Men's Ben Feldman returns to Drop Dead Diva
"Since day one of Drop Dead Diva, viewers have been asking me what happened...
Ben Feldman, who recently received an Emmy nomination for his role as Michael Ginsberg on Mad Men, is going back to his old stomping grounds.
Feldman will return to Lifetime's Drop Dead Diva as guardian angel Fred in the show's Season 4 finale next month, Entertainment Weekly reports.
In other Drop Dead Diva news, Josh Stamberg, who plays Parker on the show, has booked a guest role on the upcoming eighth season of Criminal Minds, TV Line reports. Stamberg will play the father of a family that has been abducted in the third episode of the season, which kicks off on Wednesday, Sept. 6 at 9/8c.