Television Q&A

Fan support saves ‘Drop Dead Diva’


Akron Beacon Journal

Q. Is Drop Dead Diva going to be back on Lifetime?

Lifetime canceled the legal comedy-drama in January after four seasons, but in March made a deal to continue the series. Creator Josh Berman expects it to return later this year, and credits fan support, via Facebook and YouTube, with saving it.

“I’ve been fortunate enough to work on several popular shows, including CSI and Bones,” Berman told, “but the fan base for Drop Dead Diva is nothing like I’ve ever seen.”

Q. We love the shows Arrow with Stephen Amell and NCIS: Los Angeles with Chris O’Donnell. They have a striking resemblance to each other. Are they related?

Not that I can find. Amell is a Canadian actor whose previous credits include Hung, Private Practice and New Girl. O’Donnell, who hails from Chicago, played Robin to two Batmen, Val Kilmer and George Clooney.

Q. John Corbett was the radio announcer in the old TV favorite Northern Exposure. Is he also the one who does the Walgreens commercials about “the corner of happy and healthy” and did he also do Applebee’s ads on TV?

Corbett, whose credits also include Sex and the City and My Big Fat Greek Wedding, is indeed a commercial voice for Walgreens and Applebee’s. When the Huffington Post listed its favorite celebrity-voiced commercials, a Corbett spot for Walgreens was the first in line.

Q. Who is the woman who stars in the Sears fashion commercial?

I am guessing you mean the one with the woman asked repeatedly where she got her clothes. That’s actress Jama Williamson, who you may also know as Nora Tate on the series Hollywood Heights and as Tom Haverford’s wife, Wendy, on Parks and Recreation.

Q. Who is the young man who sings in the Chase credit card commercial?

If you are referring to the man who sings the variation on Footloose for the Freedom card, it is actor Michael Torpey. In addition to work on shows like Late Night With Jimmy Fallon and 30 Rock, you may remember him from Hanes spots where he chats up Michael Jordan during an airplane flight.

Q. Who is the young lady who plays William Shatner’s daughter on the Priceline commercial as well as the genie in the Toyota commercial?

That’s Kaley Cuoco, best known for playing Penny on the hit comedy The Big Bang Theory. She has other TV credits including the series 8 Simple Rules, but Big Bang has given her career a big boost.

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