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EXCLUSIVE: Drop Dead Diva Creator Sounds Off On Jaw-Dropping Season Finale

By on September 10, 2012
Jackson Hurst and Brooke Elliott in Drop Dead Diva. Image © Lifetime

Jackson Hurst and Brooke Elliott in Drop Dead Diva. Image © Lifetime

The closing moments of last night’s Drop Dead Diva season finale hit fans with what is possibly the biggest game-changer the show has seen to date. We’ve watched Deb struggle all season long to be Jane, and her impending marriage to Owen hinted that, at least where Grayson is concerned, a part of Deb was about to be lost forever. In an episode filled with themes on identity and moving on, we were never quite sure what her ultimate decision would be – despite the dress and the bridesmaids and the groom and the guests.

In a culmination of events, Grayson finally (reluctantly) admitted his true feelings to Jane, only to have a kiss interrupted by Owen. It was at this precise moment that the real Jane Bingum returned to earth and Owen suffered a (fatal?) heart attack. Moments later however Owen opened his eyes (miraculously?) and asked “Where am I?”

Is Owen dead? Has real Jane taken over his form?  Is this a case of ‘You steal my body, I steal your boyfriend?’  I spoke to show creator and executive producer Josh Berman earlier today about what this twist means for the show going forward and if it represents a hard-reset of some of Diva‘s core dynamics.

The end of the season finale represents four years in the making,” admits Berman. “It was a twist that I had planned for over a year and I needed all the pieces in place before moving forward.” As for that hard reset?  “The twist definitely provides fertile ground for future seasons,” he says. “We’re still waiting on a pick up from Lifetime, but I’m quite hopeful given our strong ratings and viewer support.

So, is that really Jane Bingum in Owen’s body and if so, is Owen officially dead? “I can’t answer that one,” he says. (We kind of suspected as much.) “I can promise the twists will keep on coming,” Berman adds. “The show is a lot like life — day to day we are thrown all sorts of surprises. Of course, Jane’s life is a little more complicated than mine, but hopefully the viewers find the storytelling grounded within the reality we’ve created.

Jane’s been pretty unhappy in heaven. In her estimation Deb is ruining her life. (The words “trainwreck” and “Tsunami” were bandied about.) If Jane is truly back on earth – and in Owen’s form – will there be hell to pay?

Yes, Jane is not happy with Deb,” says Berman. “She feels that Deb didn’t respect her old life enough. Of course, Jane’s perception might need to be shaken up. Hint – Season 5 will certainly have to deal with that!

Season four really has been the season of the love triangle, with fans divided into camps favoring either Lex Medlin’s adorable Owen or Jackson Hurst’s equally likeable Grayson. (For the record, Jane I feel your pain. I couldn’t choose between them either!) Was there ever a temptation to make Jane’s choice a little more black and white at any point this season?

That’s a great question,” says Berman.  “Lex Medlin, who plays Owen, deserves a lot of credit. Originally, he was just hired for four episodes. However, the cast and the producers all fell in love with him. And so did Jane! It was pure magic. As a writer, Lex is the actor we dream to have on our team. He elevates all the material we give him. So, with Lex and Jackson (Grayson) we have two awesome leading men – and great fodder for stories. More to come with this love triangle!

Is it season five yet?

As Berman noted over Twitter earlier today, Drop Dead Diva could be described as a tale of two women living one life, but his latest medical drama The Mob Doctor, coming to FOX next week, is certainly the tale of one woman living two lives. Catch the season premiere on September 17th (following Bones) and stay tuned to Screen Spy for coverage on both shows.


  1. sconaty

    September 10, 2012 at 9:43 pm

    Ohh, the end of episode 4 was certainly a surprise. Crossing my fingers and hoping Drop Dead Diva gets renewed for a fifth seasons!

  2. Colleen

    September 11, 2012 at 5:36 am

    Sorry but that was the official “jump the shark” moment and the day later, I’m still annoyed and it. We’ve spent 4 seasons seeing Jane/Deb come to terms with who she is why a reset that takes away from this amazing character and the journey she’s been on?

  3. Georgia

    September 11, 2012 at 10:04 am

    I have to respectfully disagree with the last comment. Nothing has changed for Deb/Jane. We may have watched her for four years, but in all that time there has been nothing to indicate she was happy to be just Jane, or that she had ‘come to terms’ with being Jane. Inner Deb has ALWAYS struggled to make her presence felt, and this has been a huge story arc that goes back seasons & which came to dominate this season particularly because Owen in many ways represents Deb moving away from Grayson.

    What the writers have done, and what Josh Berman is (I hope) hinting at is that now for the FIRST TIME EVER we get to see Real Jane – the one who died in episode 1. This is a NEW character who has the chance to tell Deb straight to her face what she thinks about what she’s done to her life. Personally I cannot wait to see something like that next season.

    Deb/Jane’s amazing journey is clearly far from over. If the season ended with Deb marrying Owen, or kissing Grayson and dumping Owen then THAT IMHO would have been a cop out. This development on the other hand is nothing short of genius.
    Thanks to JB and Screen Spy for some truly great hints about S5.

  4. Phana

    September 12, 2012 at 2:10 am

    I hope that in season 5 Owen fight for the love of Jane. I’m really tired of the story with Greyson, and I think Jane should realize that is no longer Deb and also not Jane. It was created a third person, Jane / Deb. I confess I was disappointed with the last episode.

  5. Colleen

    September 12, 2012 at 6:43 am

    I guess we agree to disagree – to me the show I signed up for and fell in love with those first seasons wasn’t about “Real Jane” and now to add her in (it seems) to just rag on Deb/Jane – a Kardashians sized shark jump.

    • Georgia

      September 12, 2012 at 11:16 am

      It’s far to early to make judgements about season 5 being all about Real Jane. to me, that’s you taking a giant sized jump.

      Was season 4 all about Owen?

      Any good TV show worth its salt isn’t afraid to explore new ideas and shake up characters and their relationships. Otherwise … there’s nothing to watch. Read from Josh Berman’s Twitter feed today that the finale was the most-watched in years. He must be doing something right.

      • sassyone

        November 28, 2012 at 2:48 am

        I agree with you, this EP was amazing and I enjoyed it. TBH, I don’t like Owen, and I want to see Jane/Deb with Grayson. Yet, this whole new twist is exactly what I expected. I remind myself this: if I was Jane and I was able to see my life unfold before my eyes with someone else living it, then I’d be upset too.
        Jane has every right to be upset.
        With that said, I sure hope that they bring it back and complete the series. You cannot leave us hanging. (Real)Jane saw something we didn’t see and she knows what to do. that’s my belief.