While the Lifetime drama Drop Dead Diva was rescued from the “afterlife” by its own home network, the same cannot be said about one of the show’s original players. Actor Josh Stamberg, who has played the Jay Parker, the managing partner of Parker & Harrison, the law firm in the series since the pilot episode back in September of 2009, will not be returning to the show.
This will certainly make things interesting for Kim Kaswell (series regular Kate Levering) who is carrying Jay’s baby that was revealed in the season four finale episode not to mention how things will work at the law firm since Parker basically booted his partner Claire Harrison (guest star Natasha Henstridge) right out of the firm.
Series creator Josh Berman had this to share about some of the changes coming to the show, “the viewers will never notice the change in our budget (namely less on-location shooting and production being reduced to seven days per episode), and the show has never looked better…as a fifth year series, we’ve already invested a great deal of money in our sets, sound proofing, and edit equipment. Because these items have already been paid for in prior seasons, we have a natural way to save money this year. I truly believe that the production values in the upcoming season are our best yet. In the past, we spent our budget in very smart ways and it’s paying off now”. That being said, I am sure fans of the show will miss Stamberg (am I right, ‘Drop Dead Diva fans?).
It should be noted that “these kinds of cuts are not uncommon in the industry when a show is on the bubble and needs to make concessions to secure a season renewal”.
The series will be paid a visit by actresses Natalie Hall (‘Pretty Little Liars’) and Annie Ilonzeh (‘Arrow’ and ‘Switched at Birth’) who will play a character named Britney in two episodes and a Kim’s new assistant (a recurring role) respectively.
‘Drop Dead Diva’ will return for its anticipated fifth season on Lifetime on Sunday, June 23 at 9/8c.
[Source: The Wrap]