It takes a little suspension of disbelief to watch "Drop Dead Diva," Lifetime TV's hourlong comedy about a shallow wannabe model who dies in a sudden accident only to resurface in the body of a brilliant, plus-sized and recently deceased attorney, but the fun ride makes it definitely worth it.
"Deb's soul is in Jane's body, so everything is seen from Deb's perspective," says Brooke Elliott, who plays Jane. "But Jane's brains influence Deb's actions and her decisions and how she thinks about things, which is different than how she thought about them before. I love that. I love dealing with the intricacies of Deb's personality in this new body and Deb's personality dealing with events she never had to before."
In its first season, "Drop Dead Diva" was blessed with guest stars such as Paula Abdul, Rosie O'Donnell, Lisa Minnelli and Delta Burke. The second season will see the return of Paula and Rosie, as well as visits from Cybill Shepherd, Robin Givens, Jasmine Guy, Leelee Sobieski and Ricki Lake.
"We have great guest stars this season," Brooke tells ET. "I love when Rosie comes on the show. We just had Cybill Shepherd, who was so much fun. Paula comes into one of Jane's dream sequences to give Jane advice, so she is back doing that. Once Paula hits that set, she is so committed and so in it, we love that."
But at the heart of "Drop Dead Diva" is romance. Deb was desperately in love with Grayson (Jackson Hurst) and he was about to propose to her before the car accident which killed her. Now that Grayson and Jane are working together at the same law firm, they have developed a friendship, but not a romance. And Jane had the painful experience of watching him date another co-worker in season one.
"She is so in love with Grayson," Brooke says. "I think she believes they are soul mates, but yet when you are presented with different things in your life and different challenges, you grow as a person. Grayson will have to grow as well, so new Jane and Grayson can grow into their own relationship -- not the one that Deb and Grayson had before. It has to be that he falls in love with the new Jane. If that happens, it would be amazing. If that doesn't happen, I absolutely believe she could find love with someone else."
For viewers who missed the first season of "Drop Dead Diva," check out the video store. The complete first season was released on DVD on June 1 -- just in time to catch up for the current season, which airs Sunday nights at 9 p.m. on Lifetime TV.