Production on Drop Dead Diva’s fourth season wraps on July 6, and April Bowlby couldn’t be more excited about the fun that awaits fans of the Lifetime dramedy.
So far this season, Stacy (Bowlby) has opened a new business, the gang has welcomed a new angel (Carter MacIntyre), and Jane’s (Brooke Elliott) romantic entanglements with Grayson (Jackson Hurst) and Owen (Lex Medlin) have become more complicated than ever. And the triangle stands to get more difficult to decode – for the audience, anyway. Bowlby says this season, Stacy has thrown her weight behind only one man.
“I think they’re really writing my character to root for Owen this year,” she says. “I think it’s kind of bittersweet. You want it so badly to work out [between Jane and Grayson], but at the same time, I think Stacy can see that Jane/Deb is a completely new person [with Owen]. Why wouldn’t [Jane] choose a new guy with a new point of view? [He’s] someone who she can have fun with and who really gets her. And I don’t think Grayson has really gotten her yet. I think that’s why Stacy is a big supporter of Owen.” That’s not to say Stacy is on bad terms with Grayson – quite the contrary, in fact. Later this season, the hunky lawyer will even help Stacy after her “pakery” comes under attack by a man who claims he had the idea first, Bowlby says.
But as Grayson helps Stacy figure out a way of of the lawsuit, fans are still wondering if he’ll ever solve the bigger puzzle at hand. They’ll have to stay tuned for that, though, she says. “This year, I think Grayson is definitely understanding that there are a lot of things about Jane that are Deb-like, and I think he’s now paying attention to these things. The audience is either going to root for him to figure things out or not, because of Owen. As I’m reading the scripts, I don’t know who to root for,” she says. “I think the audience will get a little frustrated because [Grayson’s] so close.”
And if that’s not enough to keep audiences hanging on the the addicting series, Bowlby also offered up three more teases for the rest of the season:
+ New angel Luke will start a relationship with someone – and it’s NOT Stacy. “She can’t date angels all the time,” Bowlby says with a laugh.
+ Stacy is less active on the romantic front. “Stacy’s totally boy-free this season, it seems. I think at the end, they might introduce someone who’s a possible love interest, but as far as I know Stacy is really focused on her work, which is really exciting,” she says.
+ Beware: The mothers from Dance Moms are coming. After Deb’s mother – who is a dance teacher – is sued, the mothers at the center of the Lifetime reality show guest star as witnesses. (Abby Lee Miller is also set to guest.) “There are some really cool flashbacks when Deb was a dancer,” Bowlby says. “It was a really fun episode to shoot.”