Say what you want about the guy, but Bachelor Jake Pavelka is doing a hell of a job extending his 15 minutes of fame. After parlaying his appearance on Jillian Harris’ season of “The Bachelorette” into a gig as the next season’s “Bachelor,” Jake then worked his way onto “Dancing With the Stars,” and he didn’t stop there. Jake’s newest job is a guest-starring role on Lifetime’s comedy-drama “Drop Dead Diva.” Luckily, he won’t have to rely too heavily on any acting skills he may or may not have; he’ll play a suitor on the fictional dating show “Finding the One,” in which his character “spurns one bachelorette for another.” He begins shooting his scenes on June 18 ( to air Aug. 22), and executive producer Josh Berman says, “When we spoke about his shooting dates, he told us that he would be coming from Texas and could be on the set by noon. Since he was a former [commercial] pilot, he still remembered the flying schedule!” Wait, former commercial pilot? Does that mean Jake has hung up his aviators for good now that he’s found his route to Hollywood? Well, no one ever accused him of being overly bright, right? [via People] Keep reading »
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Brooke Elliott has one of those delicious dual roles most actresses crave.
On Lifetime’s surprise hit “Drop Dead Diva,” Elliott plays Deb, a vapid, aspiring model who dies and hits the “return” button at heaven’s gate, only to come back to life in the body of the also recently deceased Jane Bingum, a shy, plus-size attorney.
When viewers first met the reborn Jane last year, she was groping her new, more substantial body and shrieking that she had been mistakenly sent to hell.
By season’s end, she was learning to reconcile her beauty queen ways with her new frame and seriously brilliant mind.
StyleList caught up with Elliott, who is also an accomplished Broadway performer, to chat about her on- and off-screen style, as well as the show’s inspired message that beauty comes in all shapes and sizes. Read more … Keep reading »
Television producers might be running out of ideas for new shows, because the people over at Lifetime have taken what is essentially the episode of “The Tyra Banks Show” when Tyra dons a fat suit to experience what it’s like to be a larger woman. “Drop Dead Diva” premiered last night.
The premise of the show is that two very different women, Deb and Jane, both die. When Deb, a beautiful, blond wannabe model, gets to Heaven’s gates, something goes awry and she ends up back on earth in the body of Jane, a plus-size lawyer. So, this new woman has Deb’s mind and Jane’s body, and according to Lifetime’s website, “Deb must come to terms with inhabiting Jane’s plus-size frame in the ultimate showdown between brains and beauty.” Keep reading »