The hit Lifetime Television legal comedy-drama series "Drop Dead Diva" is in production on it's fourth season in Atlanta, Georgia. Casting Director Bill Marinella, an 18-year industry veteran, is holding an open casting call for background performers who are interested in working on the show. The positions are fully paid, and there are no fees to attend the casting call. This series is being shot in Peachtree City, Georgia, and Senoia, Georgia.
Drop Dead Diva tells the story of aspiring actress/model Deb who dies, then comes back to earth in the body of lawyer Jane. Talented Minnesota native Brooke Elliott plays the title role in the series. Elliot is a trained singer and has appeared in many Broadway shows, such as "Beauty and the Beast," "The Pirate Queen," "Taboo," and "Wicked". Margaret Cho plays her assistant Teri Lee; Kate Levering plays tough-as-nails lawyer Kim Kaswell; Ben Feldman plays guardian angel Fred; Jackson Hurst plays Deb's fiancée Grayson Kent; April Bowlby plays Deb's best friend Stacy; and Josh Stamberg rounds out the cast as Parker.
Many celebrities have made guest appearances on the show. Among them are: Paula Abdul, Faith Prince, Diedrich Bader, Delta Burke, David Denman, Jorja Fox, Elliot Gould, Steve Valentine, Tim Gunn, Ricki Lake, Sharon Lawrence, Chad Lowe, Liza Minnelli, Mark Moses, Nancy Grace, Kathy Najimy, Cybill Shepherd, Rosie O'Donnell, Teri Polo, Nia Vardalos, Gregory Harrison, Gina Torres, Jamie Ray Newman, Chuck Woolery, Vivica A. Fox, Candice Accola, MacKenzie Mauzy, Nick Zano, LeAnn Rimes, Mario Lopez, Wendy Williams, Clay Aiken, Romy Rosemont, Jennifer Tilly, Howard Hesseman, Louis Van Amstel, Lance Bass, Wanda Sykes, Amanda Bearse, Rami Kashou, Tony Goldwyn, Kathy Griffin, Crystal Reed, Jake Pavelka, Quinton Aaron, Valerie Harper, Bruce Davison, Jamie-Lynn Sigler, Deidre Hall and Kim Kardashian.
Open Casting Call Details
Here is what the casting director is seeking:
• Males and Females, 18 years of age and older. Any ethnicity.
• All types and looks are needed.
• These are fully paid positions.
• There are NO fees to attend the open casting call.
Wardrobe, Make-Up, and Hair for Open Casting Call:
• The show takes place in present day Los Angeles.
• Wear high class business attire or upscale attire.
• No bright colors.
• Charcoal, navy, grey, black and earth tone colors preferred.
• NO logos.
Bring a headshot if you have one, but it is not required. Have a pen or pencil handy and be prepared to fill out a form with your contact information and all clothing sizes including shoe and hat. Also you MUST bring two forms of legal ID - Passport OR Drivers License and Social Security Card.
Peachtree City Farmers Market
Aberdeen Village Shopping Center
215 Northlake Drive
Peachtree City, Georgia 30269
Click Here for directions.
(Look for tents in the parking lot next to Partner's Pizza)
Saturday, February 18, 2012
10:00am - 1:00pm
If you are located within reasonable driving distance of the Atlanta, GA area but are unable to attend the open casting call, you can register online at the following:
Drop Dead Diva Extras Registration
Talent must and be legally eligible to work in Atlanta and the United States.
The 2012 Atlanta Actors Resource Guide eBook includes the following documents for minors and foreign talent who would like to work on the television shows and films in Georgia:
• Georgia Child Labor Entertainment Employment Information Sheet
• Georgia Child Labor Summary Sheet
• Georgia Employment Certificate Guide for Minors Under 18
• USA Child Actor Work Permit Requirements
• Immigration Work Permit Information
• Non-Immigrant Visa Application
In addition to the following Atlanta Actors Resources:
• Atlanta Casting Directors List
• Atlanta Talent Agents List
• General Talent Agent Information
• Atlanta Acting Classes and Schools List
• Summer Performing Arts Camps
• Atlanta Headshot Photographers List
• Audition Tips
• How To Make an Audition Video
• Sample Actors Resume
• Sample Beginning Actors Resume
• Sample Cover Letters
• Entertainment Industry Terminology
• Atlanta Actors Unions and Professional Organizations
• PDF Users Guides
The 2012 Atlanta Actors Resource Guide eBook is available here.
Principal Actor Casting
See the post titled Headshot and Resume Information regarding how to submit for acting roles.
Please submit photos and resumes by mail only.
No phone calls or personal drop-offs.
4705 Laurel Canyon Blvd.
Valley Village, CA 91607
Lisa Mae Wells Fincannon, CSA
Fincannon & Associates
6 Falcon Drive
Peachtree City, GA 30269
Bill Marinella Casting
500 Bishop Street Northwest
Atlanta, GA 30318-4366
NO phone calls.
Atlanta Extras Registration
Do NOT send photos and resumes to the production companies, as they will most likely end up being thrown away. They do not cast the films, rather they hire casting directors who sort through the thousands of submissions.
8335 Sunset Blvd.
West Hollywood, CA 90069
Sony Pictures Television
10202 W. Washington Blvd.
Culver City, CA 90232
2049 Century Park E
Los Angeles, CA 90067
Katrin L. Goodson
(various directors are used)
Brooke Elliott - Jane Bingum
Margaret Cho - Teri Lee
Ben Feldman - Fred
Jackson Hurst - Grayson Kent
April Bowlby - Stacy Barrett
Kate Levering - Kim Kaswell
Josh Stamberg - Jay Parker
The series revolves around vapid blonde and aspiring model, Deborah "Deb" Dobkins (played by Brooke D'Orsay in flashbacks), who is killed in a car crash. As her soul enters the gates of Heaven, she finds herself declared a "zero-zero" (meaning she has performed zero good deeds and zero bad deeds during her time on earth; she is simply shallow) by the gatekeeper, Fred (Ben Feldman). After not liking what she hears, she presses for a return to her former body, hoping to get back to Earth. Deb gets her wish (by willfully pressing a computer key she should not have), only to be brought back to life in the body of a recently deceased, brilliant, hardworking, overweight lawyer named Jane Bingum (Brooke Elliott). Initially horrified, Deb – in her new human form – discovers the meaning of inner beauty as she finds the ability to juggle legal cases, aided by her assistant Teri (Margaret Cho), while attempting to reconnect incognito with her still-grieving boyfriend, Grayson Kent (Jackson Hurst), who just started working at Jane's law firm. At the same time, Deb begins to rediscover her past while learning more about her inherited body's current life, and how Jane was treated when she was alive. In addition to Fred (who was demoted to guardian angel and has been assigned to watch over her at the law firm), only Deb's long-time mortal friend Stacy (April Bowlby) knows Jane's true identity.