The diva is back! Drop Dead Diva returns Sunday with a whole new set of challenges for Jane (Brooke Elliot), who will finally embrace that she is no longer a skinny model, but a strong and brilliant lawyer ready to take on the world.
"We call Season 3 the return of the diva, and by that we mean Jane has really come to terms with who she is," creator Josh Berman tells TVGuide.com. "She no longer looks in the mirror and feels shame. She looks in the mirror and feels pride. She's really owning who she's become as a mature woman."
On Jane's to-do list this season: deal with the aftermath of Grayson's accident (he survives!), and then face his impending nuptials to Vanessa (Jaime Ray Newman), who has foiled Jane's quest to be with Grayson (Jackson Hurst).
"Vanessa and Jane have a heartfelt conversation and you realize Vanessa is not necessarily the strong, independent woman that we made her out to be," Berman says. "She has some insecurities that emerge." Part of those doubts spring from Jane and Grayson's relationship, but Berman insists the ladies will not come to blows.
As for the wedding, Berman says the 24 hours leading up to the couple's big day are not so perfect. "The preparation for the wedding and the wedding itself is constantly full of hitches, but the actual wedding is a beautiful ceremony," he says.
But let's not get too carried away. Don't forget that, as we first reported, Jane and Grayson will end up in bed together this season — and it may not be a dream sequence this time around. Before that, though, Jane will have to rediscover her feelings for Grayson.
"We have one episode this season where Jane and Grayson get in a huge fight in the middle of the bull pen at Harrison and Parker," he says. "Jane is shocked by some of the opinions that Grayson has because she gets to see him as a co-worker as opposed to a boyfriend. It makes her have second thoughts about what her feelings were."
As if she didn't have enough problems with her own love life, Jane will also have to assist her guardian angel Fred (Ben Feldman) in his relationship with Stacy (April Bowlby). "Jane actually has to become Fred's sex coach because he's never had sex before," Berman says with a hearty chuckle. "So Jane literally has to teach Fred how to have sex with a woman."
Drop Dead Diva premieres Sunday at 9/8c on Lifetime.