Drop Dead Diva Boss Hopes to 'Reinvent' Kim Kardashian With Multi-Episode Acting Role...?

Reality starlet-slash-tabloid darling Kim Kardashian has landed a multi-episode role on Lifetime’s Drop Dead Diva.

“This series is all about reinvention,” series creator Josh Berman told The Hollywood Reporter, “and I’m so excited to see Kim ‘reinvented’ in [our] world.”

According to THR, which broke the news, Kardashian will first appear in this summer’s Season 4 opener as Nikki, a love interest for Fred (Ben Feldman), who last year saw his heart broken by girlfriend Stacy (April Bowlby).

Adding another wrinkle to the complicated situation, Nikki is partners with Stacy in their new business venture.

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Is Kardashian — whose sparse legit-TV credits include gigs on CSI: NY, How I Met Your Mother (where she played herself) and an upcoming Last Man Standing (again, as herself) — qualified to take on this recurring, actual acting assignment? “In discussing the role of Nikki with her, I’m blown away by her smarts, sense of humor and passion,” Berman said.

Drop Dead Diva is no stranger to controversial and/or showy stunt casting, oftentimes featuring reality-TV staples. Previous guest stars, after all, have included Bachelor Jake Pavelka, American Idol runner-up Clay Aiken, Rosie O’Donnell and Paula Abdul.

But is “kasting” a Kardashian too tacky a tactic for even this show? Will you tune in for (or despite) Kim’s appearance?

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74 Comments
  1. Chandra says:

    Kim Kardashian is a joke.

    • IHateNoTalentHos says:

      I will NOT be watching that no talent, fame hungry trash. Which is sad for me because I love DDD.

      • Heather says:

        This is one of my top 3 fav shows, but Kim Kardashian will ruin it… she has NO TALENT… please don’t subject us loyal DDD fans to the ridiculousness that is Kim Kardashian

  2. Ella says:

    I’ll watch Drop Dead Diva no matter who’s guest starring just to get my Brooke Elliott and Margaret Cho fixes. Love those ladies!

  3. Lindsey says:

    My favorite summer show is going to be ruined with an obnoxious reality brat! No!!!

  4. Corinne says:

    I’m so conflicted. I swore to not watch anything else with this trash, but I was really looking forward to next season. What to do?

  5. Meghan says:

    Boo! Guess this means I won’t be watching the next season, which makes me sad.

    • L. Michels says:

      Also sad. How many times do you hear “we really need to get together” I am part of a small to sometimes medium sized group who have used this show as our tool “to get together” we have a meal visit and watch the show. Due to the addition of Ms. Kardashian we will use another show as our vehicle in which to join our group

  6. Danielle H says:

    She has plenty of acting practice… every darn day of her life. It’s all fake, as are the “reality” shows. The stretch would be if she was playing someone not like her fake-self.

  7. Ashley says:

    My favorite summer show just has been ruined. I’m not sure if I will watch this show now.

  8. Lana says:

    I could care less who guests as long as the stories are as much fun as always, I’ve been missing my Diva especially with the season ending cliff hanger!! I’m sooo conflicted since I love her lawyer(I’m terrible at names) and he is so cute and sweet and I’ve been dying for him to know she is his Deb, but I love her Judge who is sexy and funny and is crazy about her. Can she have both?

  9. Eliza says:

    Love this show. Do not care at all about the Kardashians…I stay away from anything that has to do with them.
    But I’m not going to claim I won’t be watching next season.
    I have sat through horrible guest stars on plenty of my shows. I’ll just grin & bear it, like always.

  10. CJ says:

    They have a problem: there is no evidence that she can act. Her entire persona consists of looking smug and talking about trivialities in an annoyingly small, nasal voice.

  11. Tee says:

    Drop Dead Diva has had some pretty disjointed terrible guest performances already so just add this one to the list.

  12. spacey67 says:

    NOOOO! This is a horrible idea. KK has NO acting experience. Don’t try to legitimize this reality idiot by letting her “learn” on this show. I’ll watch the show when it comes back but only after the KK KRAP episodes have passed!!

    • CJ says:

      That’s actually not true…..as the article says, she’s done a few guest spots on shows. She played an actual character on CSI:NY (as opposed to playing herself). She was as wooden as you’d expect, though she was actually better than Vanessa Minillo (who played another role on the same episode).

  13. sarah says:

    PLEASE NOOOOOOO!

  14. Gwen says:

    Seriously? Why, Josh Berman, why?? This woman has “reinvented” herself more than once, but no matter how many times this happens she will never be more than she always has been: vapid, self-absorbed and talentless. Why ruin a perfectly good series by hiring her? She will only “dumb down” the show, which up until now has been very enjoyable.

    • Kat says:

      That’s what I was wondering. Why let Kim K “reinvent” herself on the show? Is Berman her keeper? Her publicist? She tarnished her own reputation in a desperate bid for more attention. Let her fix it on her own time. She has no acting experience, but Berman casts her in a critically acclaimed series because “she” needs to reinvent herself? Seriously? This stunt takes a reputable show and drops is firmly in the kitsch column. I guess if he’s wanting a lot of free publicity from this casting stunt, he got it. So maybe that’s mission accomplished.

  15. Mikaela says:

    No please! As much as I love this show I will skip it if Kim is on this show. If they want a guest start why not go with someone who actually has talent for something other than flashing her big boobs and butt all over the airwaves?

  16. The says:

    Wow, some of the comments regarding KK are hilarious, and I must agree. I will not watch a show that tries to ‘reinvent’ a reality star that is talentless. When her arc is over, I will tune back in.

  17. Diva Fan says:

    Terrible idea!

    Have they learned nothing from other series that suffered guest star-itis already (Glee comes instantly to mind, but also Lisa Edelstein guesting on The Good Wife. ouch). I love DDD but this is bad, bad news. Now my excitement re: new season is down the drain…

  18. Mick says:

    At least Brandy had actual acting talent though her arc on the show was pretty iffy but Kim. Stiff as a cardboard Kim? smh

  19. Dark says:

    I guess if you actually watch something like Drop Dead Diva, you’re bound to get sh** like this. Go look for good TV, there’s plenty!

  20. Ross says:

    If it’s a Fred/Stacey story then it’s never going to be the main focus of the hour. If it gets the show more press hopefully ratings will go up an have a long-term positive effect. I love DDD so anything that keeps it on the air is fine by me.

  21. Nadine says:

    I used to like that show a lot… Oh well.

  22. Jay says:

    I am so so sick of her and her family – will not watch.

  23. Bethany says:

    This beyond bums me out. Drop Dead Diva does not have to resort to such awful stunt casting. This is so disappointing. I am not sure I will watch a MULTI-episode arch. YUCK!

  24. Josh says:

    I guess the saying is true-One man’s trash is another man’s treasure. Unfortunately, this trash can’t be reinvented. And probably shouldn’t be handled without the proper precautions-namely a hazmat suit.

  25. kathy says:

    Well…LIKE I am so done with DDD since LIKE I don’t watch anything Kartrashian and LIKE thanks for ruining LIKE one on my must see shows. LIKE I have many alternatives instead of DDD. When this arc is over LIKE I may tune in.

  26. Patty says:

    news???

  27. Michelle says:

    This is one of my favorite shows, but that might change by having her in it, especially more than one episode. I have never liked KK and think that it is ridiculous for someone to become famous because she was in a sex tape. I am also tired of her being shoved down our throats. Damn you Ryan Seacrest for making the Kartrashians a household name!!

  28. Joanne says:

    This is disgusting. I hope they do not bring her in. If they do, I will not watch ALL SEASON.

    There are hundreds of talented actresses in need of jobs; hire one of them.

  29. Velvet says:

    Oh, crap.

  30. peggy says:

    One less show for me to watch. I love DDD but I won’t watch it now. Way to ruin it.

  31. Jen says:

    Love DDD hate KK! Seriously?!!! She is such a whiny, no-talent, stuck on herself, famewhore. Please reconsider before it is too late. DDD is a great show that does not need to stoop to this level.

  32. Michelle says:

    I will drop this show. I will not watch anything with that girl in it, ever.

    And I really liked this show…

  33. Grace says:

    Oh great. Another show that is going to get cancelled. It was good watching you DDD.

  34. CosmaB says:

    Nope, will not watch. Thx 4 ruining my fun summer show. Plez let us know when her arc is over. Poor Fred.

  35. Crystal says:

    She’s a horrible actress on her own show, what makes him think she’ll be any better on his? Of course, the only clips that I’ve seen from her show have been on The Soup, so what do I know.

  36. Katherine says:

    I loved (past tense) this show. I will be watching the commercials in between and make sure I never buy a product that endorses this show with her on it.

  37. Beverly says:

    To even consider allowing KK to be on your show is a slap in the face to the hundreds of thousands of people that have taken a stand not to allow this greedy, self-serving family to have 1 more minute of our time. Shame on you DDD!

  38. KK says:

    My comment to Drop Dead Diva: TERRIBLE MOVE LIFETIME, WRITERS, & PRODUCERS! I guess you do not keep up with what is going on in the “reality” world! After reading your above 1,105 comments, I hope that you are prepared for your ratings to seriously drop this season from employing a “porn star” on your once wonderful television show. I have never missed an episode and now I will not be able to continue to watch your show any longer! I am not the only one that you need to be worried about. You need to be worried about the 660,000 petitioners who have banned Kim Kardashian and the “family”. See Boycottkim.com for more info b/c we are serious about this boycott. Just ask Sephoria,Bebe, Sears, and Sketchers. You should really investigate prior to casting especially when you are casting a has-been “porn-star”. Great for the youth of America-right??? Good job! May your show RIP just like Kim Kartrashian’s career!

  39. Rosa says:

    I ll NOT watch ur show if KK is on this show ..

  40. ToTellTheTruth says:

    Her or her mom must have blown him to get the part. Either way I won’t be watching.

  41. Danielle d says:

    What a joke — reinventing herself?????? She’s trying to get people to like her again — wrong. I will not be watching DDD while she’s on. The girl can’t even act — why not cast an out of work actress from one of the soaps than this person who’s fifteen minutes of fame were up a long time ago.

  42. Trisha says:

    I will not be watching my favorite summer show, because Kim Kardashian will be on several episodes. DDD is funny, original, and amazing, and Brooke Elliott is multi talented. However, like most of the public we are sick and tired of these no talent Kardashians being thrown in our faces everywhere we turn!

  43. Sarah says:

    I am a huge fan of DDD, I met Brooke & others in the talented cast. I will not be watching the new season with KK cast in any episode. I feel the show creator is not listening to the fans. I got a retweet from Josh saying to trust him but this desesion is not trust worthy. I have been boycotting all things Kardashian so now they force me to include my all time favorite show. Please reconsider. It is extremely disrespectful to the already amazing ensemble of actors and especially Brooke who I feel is the exact opposite of KK as she is a natural Beauty with really amazing talent.

  44. Deb says:

    I can’t for the life of me figure out why you would cast this no talent, sniveling, whiner!! I will watch for Brooke and Margaret, but I hope she doesn’t come back for another season!!

  45. ruined says:

    I never even heard of this until one of my friends told me about it! I watched all three seasons in two days! But now that I know Kim hoedashian will be wasting air time, I will not waste my time!

  46. jay says:

    I love the show. I hope it stays on for many years. I don’t like Kim at all, but it won’t keep me from watching the show. I just wish it would only be for one episode and not several.

    • gail says:

      My favorite show on TV and you are sacrificing your faithful viewers for what? I won’t be watching any episodes with KK. She is smoke and mirrors, you had a talented , I mean talented cast and that just kept giving. Now she is taking, at least this one rabid fan of the show away. Good luck!

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