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