'Mary Tyler Moore' alum Valerie Harper to guest star on 'Drop Dead Diva' -- EXCLUSIVE

Valerie-Harper

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Season 3 of Lifetime’s Drop Dead Diva, which premiered June 19, has already featured guest spots from the likes of Paula Abdul, Wendy Williams, and LeAnn Rimes. But it’s about to get even starrier: EW has exclusively learned that Mary Tyler Moore star Valerie Harper is on the dramedy’s Atlanta set today, shooting a guest spot for an episode that will air Sept. 11.

Like many guest stars before her, Harper will play a judge on the show. Specifically, she’s Leslie Singer, a smart, no-nonsense judge who’s presiding over Jane (Brooke Elliott) in the courtroom. The case finds Jane representing a notorious bridezilla who is suing for injuries sustained after a bridal-sale stampede — but judge Singer throws out some evidence, which causes Jane to have to get creative.

“In the Drop Dead Diva tradition of legendary funny ladies playing our judges — Rosie [O’Donnell], Wanda [Sykes], Paula [Abdul] — we are honored to have Valerie Harper sitting on the bench,” Diva creator and EP Josh Berman tells EW. “And what a case she landed on! A stampede of bridal bargain shoppers! If anyone can keep her courtroom under control, it’s Valerie Harper.”

Need to catch up on Drop Dead Diva? You’re in luck: Lifetime is doing a marathon of season 2 on Sunday, July 3, starting at 10 a.m. That will roll right into the first two episodes of season 3, which have already premiered, at 9 and 10 p.m. The next new episode of Diva will air July 10 at 9 p.m.

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Read more:
‘Drop Dead Diva’ lands Kathy Griffin, Lance Bass, Clay Aiken: Who else needs to guest star in season 3?
Drop Dead Diva creator Josh Berman curates the ultimate marathon
Wanda Sykes to guest on Drop Dead Diva, plus more season 3 spoilers


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  • Jeremy

    Valerie Harper is much too good for this show.

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  • Peter

    Mary Tyler Moore alum?? While that may be true, Valerie Harper starred in her own very successful spin-off sitcom. A little show called “Rhoda”? Her wedding episode was a very highly rated episode in the 70’s.

    • JJ Johnson

      You are so right about the Rhoda show. While the Mary Tyler Moore show was just as good, Rhoda always had higher ratings.

      • Margofandango

        Rhoda was a brilliant show with an excellent cast. Joe was lovely, her mum was brilliant and her sister Brenda went on to be the voice of Marge Simpson. Shame when it ended. We didn’t get to see Valerie Harper in the UK after Rhoda finished, which was a shame.

  • Sue1

    I agree, Peter. Not the best way to sum up her fine career.

  • tomm

    Younger EW writers are more familiar with MTM reruns. ‘Rhoda’ was a hit at first, but then faded out and also didn’t do well in reruns.

  • Marco

    Quote: “In the Drop Dead Diva tradition of legendary funny ladies playing our judges — Rosie [O’Donnell], Wanda [Sykes], Paula [Abdul]…”

    So Paula freaking Abdul is now a lengendary funny lady? Does it count if she is the joke?

  • Jack

    I do adore this show; once you let go and buy into the premise, it’s perfect summer viewing. And although most of the time it’s light and airy, Brooke Elliott has been doing some fantastic work as Jane is heartbroken about planning the wedding for the love of her life (Grayson), while she’s not the bride. Where is her Emmy nomination?

  • Sugar

    Valerie looks great!

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  • Anonymous

    I was on set for the filming of the Season 3 Finale of Drop Dead Diva this week & here is what I know about the Finale Episode. Jane is in the Airport, her phone rings, it’s Grayson, she doesn’t answer. She runs to Owen as he is about to board a plane to New Zealand. He says that he’s glad she came, it’s like the end of a movie! She tells him that she isn’t going with him however Owen has inspired her to follow her dreams. She is holding a ticket to Italy & her flight leaves in 15 minutes. She goes on to say that she is starting over…literally… no baggage even because who needs old clothes when there’s a Prada outlet just outside of Milan. Owen says he will miss her, they kiss and she walks away. As she heads to the gate to board the plane to Milan, there’s Fred! “Running a little late aren’t we?” says Fred. Shocked, Jane asks him to not try & talk her out of going. Reluctantly after speaking with Fred, he watches Jane board the plane to Milan.

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