Lovely ladies Brigid Brannagh and Reiko Aylesworth both have squee worthy new news. Both women had freshly sighed up for season 5 roles on Lifetime’s Drop Dead Diva.
Drop Dead Diva returns at 9 p.m. on Sunday, June 23, only on Lifetime, with shining new faces on board. THR delivered the headline.
Of course there are two sides to every story and we do have a down side to report today. Bid farewell to actor Josh Stamberg, who acted the role of Jay Parker, the big boss at the law firm where Brooke Elliott’s Jane is employed. Stamberg is leaving the show, as is the well-lived Mr. Carter McIntyre, who played Jane’s guardian angel. You already knew that bit, because we delivered the news right here on Boomtron when hottie Justin Deeley of 90210 was cast as the fun new angel.
But let’s get back to the new girls! You’ll probably recognize Brannagh from her role as Pamela Moran on Lifetime’s Army Wives. She begins work in the fifth episode of season 5.
Brannagh’s character is Molly Hagen and the word is she’s based upon a real life person. Molly has a no good husband who wins a major payday at a casino, but when he does, rather than share it, he tries for a fast divorce instead. Actress Sandra Bernhard will guest-star in this episode as a judge who is pulling for Molly.
Aylesworth was 24‘s Michelle Dessler for Fox. She follows, acting in episode 6 as June Frazier, a razor sharp graphic designer who needs to hire Kate Leverin’s character Kim for some legal help.
Actor John Ratzenberger is also set to appear this season.
Executive producer Josh Berman went on the record saying, “I first worked with Brigid over 10 years ago when she guest starred on a first-season episode of CSI as an unruly teenager who killed her father with a radioactive garden gnome,” he said. “I have followed her career ever since, and I’m thrilled to be reunited with her on Drop Dead Diva. And I’m glad to say that there are no garden gnomes in this episode.”
He added, “I’ve been a huge fan of Reiko since her days on 24, and we developed this part with Reiko in mind. I was thrilled when she read the script and jumped on board! Sometimes, I feel more like a fan than a writer as I just can’t wait to see what she does with this role.”