Bark is running a blog series for two weeks called Bad TV Fortnight. I’ve had a blast reading about my fellow “Barkers” guilty pleasures, which includes Doogie Howser, The A Team, Gossip Girls, The Simpsons, Dual Survival and so many more.
Today it’s my turn. Hop over to Bark to read about my addiction to Lifetime’s Drop Dead Diva.
If you’re not familiar with the show, here’s the premise: Aspiring model Deborah “Deb” Dobkins dies on the way to an audition for The Price Is Right and a mix-up at the gates of Heaven sends size-one Deb into size-sixteen lawyer Jane Bingum’s body. New Jane has Deb’s personality and memories, including the caloric count of every food and the current couture of every designer, combined with Old Jane’s intelligence and legal expertise.
Everything about the show, the soap opera plot elements, the focus on girls loving fashion, and the shallow way the story deals with serious and complex problems should turn me off watching. And yet, I can not get enough of Brooke Elliot’s portrayal of Jane Bingum. Watching a plus-sized character strut her stuff as if she looks—and more importantly feels—as sexy as someone of a much smaller size is empowering.
Come join our conversation on Bark. So far the comments have been about body issues, women’s portrayal in the media, and guilty pleasures. I would love to hear your thoughts.