Josh Berman discusses ‘Drop Dead Diva’
Interview by Michael Aaron Gallagher of StayFamous.Net
With the growing ratings of cable networks and the influence of on-demand programming and global internet audiences, the landscape of television is rapidly changing. For “Drop Dead Diva” creator Josh Berman, who was an executive producer on the CBS drama “CSI: Crime Scene Investigation” (where he worked for six years) and a consulting producer on the FOX series “Bones” (for four years), having a show on the Lifetime Television Network provides him with greater flexibility as a writer and producer.
As the No. 1 program on basic cable networks in the 9 p.m. Sunday timeslot among women age 25-54, the show continues to be recognized for its unique, “feel-good” approach to complex social issues. It was recently named as a finalist for the 37th Annual HUMANITAS Prize, honoring great writing in television and film.
“I think the show itself, which really explores themes of humanity and what it feels like to be different on the outside is attracting such talent as Jamie-Lynn (Sigler)… we never got that kind of talent as easily on a network show,” Berman said. “I love the fact that our audience is so passionate about the show. When you have a lead character who looks different than lead characters on other shows, and people have embraced her and love her and appreciate her differences, it makes me feel really good about what I’m doing.”
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Photograph courtesy of Lifetime Television Network
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