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Lifetime's "Drop Dead Diva" returns Sunday at 9 p.m. for its first episode back from the dead. Since its last season aired last summer, the series was canceled and then revived after production company Sony struck a new deal with cable network Lifetime.
"I was devastated when we were canceled because I hated leaving the fans in such a lurch, and I was ecstatic when we were picked," said series creator Josh Berman in a teleconference with reporters earlier this month. "But, I think that [series star] Brooke [Elliott] and I never lost hope. We had these conversations where we just believed the show couldn’t be over. And perhaps we're just in denial, but we also felt that the fan base was so strong.
"And within a week of being canceled there were petitions online demanding that the show be brought back with literally tens of thousands of signatures, and dozens and dozens of homemade videos on YouTube and pages on Facebook wanting the show to be brought back," Berman continued. "It’s hard to get fans behind a show in a universe that’s so fragmented right now, especially the cable universe. So, knowing our die-hard fans were there, we just - we couldn’t give up, so I don’t think we ever fully believed we were gone."
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Harmonix is onto the next big thing in the music genre, and it’s “Fantasia: Music Evolved.” Creating a powerhouse partnership with Disney and their huge catalog of content, this could be a huge craze going into the next console generation.
“Fantasia” doesn’t follow the conventional music game formula like “Rock Band” or “Dance Central.” This game brings a completely new approach to the interactive music game by adding creation to its basic principle.
“Project Spark” was the most impressive game on display at E3. It may not get as much love as the triple-A games like “Titanfall,” or “Call of Duty: Ghosts,” but its endless possibilities for creation make it awe-inspiring. Think “LittleBigPlanet” on steroids. And the kicker: It’s free.
E3 had a few Xbox One titles on display, but most of the playable demos were for games that will be available for both the Xbox One and the 360. The “Destinies” and “Titanfalls” of the show, the games that showed the potential of the system, were only theater demos. So the Microsoft booth used a few tech demos to show the power of the new machine with some help from the cloud.
Don't tell Heather Locklear, but she's playing Amanda Woodward again, only by a different name, on TNT's "Franklin & Bash" (9 p.m. Wednesday).
Locklear arrives as Rachel King, a new partner in the law firm of the show's boyish lead characters. Rachel is a by-the-books, intimidating power broker who looks to get things her way, a lot like Locklear's "Melrose Place" Amanda Woodward character.
Granted, the tone of "Franklin & Bash" is lighter but "Melrose" also had its comedic moments.
Why did she take the role?
"I never played a lawyer before," she said in a recent teleconference with reporters. "And, you know, and when shows are on a couple seasons already, it's always nice to go in on that when they are well-oiled machines."
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