Drop Dead Diva Exclusive First Look: Watch Jane Serenade a Comatose Grayson

Drop Dead Diva is breaking into song again.

In Sunday’s season premiere (Lifetime, 9/8c), Jane finds herself holding vigil as her dearly beloved Grayson fights for his life following last year’s season-ending car accident.

Faced with the possibility of losing Grayson forever, Jane dives into a full-blown song and dance rendition of the ’70s disco classic “Don’t Leave Me This Way” — and we’ve got an exclusive first look at the big production number.

“[We thought] a disco song at a hospital would be hilarious and painful at the same time,” says series creator Josh Berman. “Jane is thinking Grayson’s going to die, and it’s literally, ‘Don’t leave me.’ And then, the notion that he’s getting engaged to Vanessa is, ‘Don’t leave me as a single woman. How could you leave me for somebody else?’”

The sequence, which took all day to shoot and was choreographed by So You Think You Can Dance‘s Keith “Tyce” Diorio, features most of the ensemble doubling as Jane’s backup dancers. The musically-talented cast members were quick studies, raves star Brooke Elliott, especially Tony-nominated Kate Levering, who plays Kim. Elliott also comes from the world of Broadway, so it’s “right up my alley of things I love to do,” she says. And she’ll be doing more of it this season when her TV moms — Sharon Lawrence and Faith Prince — resurface to complicate her life and end up singing “Lean On Me” with Jane.

Check out a sneak peek of “Don’t Leave Me This Way” below, and then post your reviews in the comments!

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  1. Imitation Crab says:

    Gah! I love this show, but jeeze louise, please ease up on the musical numbers!!! They are so not needed. I just FF through them.

    • sam says:

      you’re kidding! the musical numbers are part of what makes it so fun and not just another typical legal drama (albeit with a twist)! :) to each his/her own i suppose…

    • the girl says:

      This one isn’t good. I have dealt with the ones from the past because I can suspend my disbelief, but the vocals and choreography on this seem cheesy.

  2. Mr. M says:

    Oh, I just love this show, it´s so fun when they sing, Cant wait!

  3. andy says:

    OMG… can wait for another lovely season.. but yeah, they need to go a little easy on the dance numbers….

  4. Genie says:

    I dig the dance numbers

  5. Yamil says:

    I like the musical numbers. As long as they don’t happen in every single episode I’m ok with them. This sounds a little shaky though.

  6. Eva Klein says:

    Really eager to see the new season! Uhm, I think the musical numbers can be alright, but it should stay occasional… They need to develop the characters more, such as Fred and Stacey and Grayson and Jane as well. Last season was a good start :)

  7. kelli says:

    i have looked up the lyrics for this song, but they are not exactly as how it was song on the show…if anyone can find a hard copy, all i want are the words……thanks in advance —kelli

  8. Terry says:

    I just love this show can’t wait for the new/sad last season. It’s a shame they’re canceling this show it’s so funny.