EXCLUSIVE: Drop Useless Diva creator/government producer Josh Berman is taking a special, gender-related spin on the physique swap style with Drop Useless Dave, an hourlong collection in growth at CBS. A reboot of the hit Lifetime dramedy with all new characters, Drop Useless Dave hails from Berman’s Osprey Productions, former Drop Useless Diva director-producer Jamie Babbit and Drop Useless Diva studio Sony Photos Tv the place Osprey Prods. has an total deal.
In Drop Useless Dave, written by Berman and to be directed by Babbit, when shallow, entitled, Gen Z lawyer Dave dies in a freak accident, his soul is transferred into the physique of Rita, a profitable however sophisticated Gen X lawyer, forcing Dave to dwell as a girl and navigate a completely new perspective on life, love and id.
Drop Useless Diva, which ran on Lifetime for six seasons from 2008-2014, adopted the story of shallow mannequin Deb who abruptly dies in an accident solely to seek out her soul resurfacing within the physique of an excellent, plus-sized lawyer, Jane (Brooke Elliot).
Whereas Drop Useless Diva targeted on deconstructing the sweetness delusion and reinforcing physique positivity, Drop Useless Dave, government produced by Babbit in addition to Osprey Prodds.’ Berman and Jennifer Robinson, will sort out sexual politics in addition to gender id in trendy occasions.
Drop Useless Diva was effectively obtained, incomes a number of GLAAD awards and a Humanitas nomination, and it additionally developed devoted fan following which helped it reverse a cancellation by the community after 4 seasons to supply two extra installments. It stays considered one of Sony’s top-streamed TV titles to this point.
Babbit, a a number of Emmy nominee for her work as a director and producer on Silicon Valley, was the director-producer of Season 2 of Drop Useless Diva. She lately directed and government produced two excessive profile new collection, Hulu’s Solely Homicide Within the Constructing, which was simply renewed for a second season, and Amazon/Sony TV’s upcoming A League of Their Personal, directing the pilot episodes for each reveals.
Osprey Prods.’ slate consists of present collection Homicide Home Flip on Roku and the upcoming Gordita Chronicles on HBO Max, together with a lot of initiatives in growth.