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'Drop Dead Diva' Creator Josh Berman on the Polarizing Casting of Kim Kardashian - Hollywood Reporter

Kim Kardashian Drop Dead Diva 2012

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When the news broke that Kim Kardashian had been cast on the upcoming fourth season of Lifetime’s Drop Dead Diva, there was quite a backlash from fans â€" many saying they wouldn’t tune in as a result, which doesn't sit well with the show's creator and executive producer.

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“I’m disappointed when people say ‘I’m not watching,’ because of one person coming on to a show,” Josh Berman tells The Hollywood Reporter.

“Drop Dead Diva has a loyal core audience,” he continues. “But look, there aren’t big posters up promoting our new season. There’s no billboards. If someone like Kim Kardashian can get people talking and get people to tune into the show and get people to embrace the message of the show, I think that’s terrific.”

Berman says he was surprised to see how polarizing the reality star’s casting became, especially for a series whose guest stars come from all parts of the Hollywood spectrum: From Oscar winners to reality stars.

“In my mind, someone like Kim Kardashian who is so in the public spotlight and who can bring attention to a show going into its fourth season is exciting,” he says about his willingness to face the fallout. “Good or bad, I’m really hoping the viewers will give her a shot and give the show a shot to see what she brings to it.”

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Kardashian makes her debut in the season four premiere episode as a love guru who befriends a brokenhearted Stacy (April Bowlby). And Berman says the role isn’t simply a stunt casting and may prove to live up to viewers’ expectations of the series, which examines what happens when a vapid model dies and finds herself in the body of Jane, an overweight and crafty attorney played by Brooke Elliot.

“The truth is Kim gets a lot of offers to do a lot of things. She embraced the message behind our show, which I think is quite wonderful,” he says. “She’s on for a couple of episodes. Her character goes head to head with Jane. And she’s got a fantastic twist that no one will see coming in episode three.”

Watch a quick sneak peek of Kardashian on Diva below.

Lifetime is airing a Drop Dead Diva third season marathon starting Saturday at noon. Season four premieres Sunday at 9 p.m.

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TOWIE's Sam Faiers wears a cheap version of a dress Kim Kardashian rocked last ... - Daily Mail

By J J Anisiobi

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Kim Kardashian is usually the one copying every A-listers style, but last night it was Sam Faiers imitating Kim in an iconic dress made famous by the reality star a year ago.

The star of The Only Way Is Essex ventured out with all of her cast members for a night out in Marbella, Spain.

The 21-year-old was seen in a dress that resembled a Gucci creation worn by Kim Kardashian in 2011.

Old look: Joey Essex and Sam Faiers step out in Marbella, Spain, with Sam wearing a copy of a Gucci dress made famous by Kim Kardashian

Old look: Joey Essex and Sam Faiers step out in Marbella, Spain, with Sam wearing a copy of a Gucci dress made famous by Kim Kardashian

Deja vu: Sam's dress was a copy of Kim Kardashian's Gucci dress which she wore last year to launch her fragrance in London

Deja vu: Kim Kardashian wore the Gucci dress last year to launch her fragrance in London

The design was also popular with Jennifer Lopez, and graced a number of magazine covers including ones starring Lara Stone and January Jones.

However, while the original classy number was made of high quality silk and cotton, Sam's version was copy made by celebboutique.com.

The reality TV star, who was holding with co-star Joey Essex, decided to wear the £104 dress without its gold belt, and she teamed it with a pair of pink strappy heels.

The frock is described on the website as: 'Designed to show off your curves and show off a little skin.

'Wear with colourblock heels and keep the jewellery to a minimum for a Kardashian look.'

While Sam was busy trying to recreate a classic look at a fraction of the price, her co-stars stepped out in some attention grabbing outfits.

Chloe Sims made sure her large cleavage was on show as she struggled to contain it in a strapless nude colour dress.

Her partner in crime Lauren Pope looked good in a black and gold sleeveless outfit with her long blonde hair pulled back and flowing down.

A newly slimmer looking Lauren Goodger failed in the fashion stakes and wore an unflattering red sequined mini dress with cream heels.

Billie Faiers was seen arm in arm with her best friend Jessica Wright, and the beautiful girls made a stunning couple.

Here come the girls: Chloe Sims and Lauren Pope looked good in their outfits and showed off plenty of flesh

Here come the girls: Chloe Sims and Lauren Pope looked good in their outfits and showed off plenty of flesh

Les is more: The girls were heading out to a few local bars in the town centre and were followed by a camera crew

Les is more: The girls were heading out to a few local bars in the town centre and were followed by a camera crew

While Billie, 22, showed off her curves in a tight fit red dress, Jessica wore a modest white dress with pale pink heels.

Lydia Bright was not seen with new love Tom Kilbey as she headed to News Cafe nightclub bar with the rest of the group.

Although the cast make an annual pilgrimage to Marbella, this time they are accompanied by the crew of the ITV2 show to film a one-off special The Only Way Is Marbs.

The sparkle: Lydia Bright, left, and Lauren Goodger wore similar material but with varying degrees of success

The sparkle: Lydia Bright, left, and Lauren Goodger wore similar material but with varying degrees of success

The sparkle: Lydia Bright, left, and Lauren Goodger wore similar material but with varying degrees of success

Tanned to perfection: Jessica Wright and Billie Faiers were arm in arm when they followed the rest of the group into town

Tanned to perfection: Jessica Wright and Billie Faiers were arm in arm when they followed the rest of the group into town

Say cheese: TOWIE cast members are stopped by tourists who want a photograph with their TV idols

Say cheese: TOWIE cast members are stopped by tourists who want a photograph with their TV idols

No doubt the complication of having heavy microphone batteries attached to their swimwear for the outside filming will prove to be tricky for the cast.

The special episode of TOWIE will air on ITV2 on Wednesday 13 June at 10pm.

News Cafe nightclub after having had dinner in Puerto Banus

News Cafe nightclub after having had dinner in Puerto Banus

Kim Kardashian and Kanye West: Look Inside the Posh Pads They're Selling! - E! Online

Kim Kardashian House For SaleMLS, Larry Busacca/E/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images

What are the chances?!

Both Kim Kardashian and Kanye West happen to have quietly put their homes on the marketâ€"a coincidence that surely only serves to up their adorable quotient.

While the timing of West's decision to list his Los Angeles bachelor pad is certainly, er, interesting, a source told E! News that Kardashian is trading up from her place in Beverly Hills because, despite all the amenities, what she really needs is more security.

What we can tell you with the utmost certainly, at least, is that neither is moving because their previous residences were eyesores.

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Two years after buying the Tuscan-style mansion for $3.4 million, per Realtor.com, Kardashian has pocket-listed her five-bedroom, four-and-a-half-bathroom home for close to $5 million.

The 4,000-square-foot abode features a media room, a pool, an outdoor living and dining room, dark hardwood floors and a two-story entry. It sits on a quiet-for-most-people cul de sac and has its own gate, more privacy appears to be the No. 1 amenity Kardashian is looking for these days.

We hear she wants her next place to be in a gated community, like Hidden Hills, where Kris and Bruce Jenner live.

Kim Kardashian House For SaleMLS

As for West, he bought his similarly sized home (4,214 square feet) in 2003 for a reported $1.75 million. The jet-setting rapper put it on the market for almost $4 million two years ago, but the property never sold.

In addition to a ceiling mural in the dining room and French walnut floors throughout, the modern house boasts sweeping city views and a built-in aquarium in the master bathroom.

Kanye West House for SaleMLS, Pascal Le Segretain/Getty Images

â€"Reporting by Claudia Rosenbaum

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Sam Faiers wears a cheap version of designer dress Kim Kardashian rocked last year - Daily Mail

By J J Anisiobi

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Kim Kardashian is usually the one copying every A-listers style, but last night it was Sam Faiers imitating Kim in an iconic dress made famous by the reality star a year ago.

The star of The Only Way Is Essex ventured out with all of her cast members for a night out in Marbella, Spain.

The 21-year-old was seen in a dress that resembled a Gucci creation worn by Kim Kardashian in 2011.

Old look: Joey Essex and Sam Faiers step out in Marbella, Spain, with Sam wearing a copy of a Gucci dress made famous by Kim Kardashian

Old look: Joey Essex and Sam Faiers step out in Marbella, Spain, with Sam wearing a copy of a Gucci dress made famous by Kim Kardashian

Deja vu: Sam's dress was a copy of Kim Kardashian's Gucci dress which she wore last year to launch her fragrance in London

Deja vu: Kim Kardashian wore the Gucci dress last year to launch her fragrance in London

The design was also popular with Jennifer Lopez, and graced a number of magazine covers including ones starring Lara Stone and January Jones.

However, while the original classy number was made of high quality silk and cotton, Sam's version was copy made by celebboutique.com.

The reality TV star, who was holding with co-star Joey Essex, decided to wear the £104 dress without its gold belt, and she teamed it with a pair of pink strappy heels.

The frock is described on the website as: 'Designed to show off your curves and show off a little skin.

'Wear with colourblock heels and keep the jewellery to a minimum for a Kardashian look.'

While Sam was busy trying to recreate a classic look at a fraction of the price, her co-stars stepped out in some attention grabbing outfits.

Chloe Sims made sure her large cleavage was on show as she struggled to contain it in a strapless nude colour dress.

Her partner in crime Lauren Pope looked good in a black and gold sleeveless outfit with her long blonde hair pulled back and flowing down.

A newly slimmer looking Lauren Goodger failed in the fashion stakes and wore an unflattering red sequined mini dress with cream heels.

Billie Faiers was seen arm in arm with her best friend Jessica Wright, and the beautiful girls made a stunning couple.

Here come the girls: Chloe Sims and Lauren Pope looked good in their outfits and showed off plenty of flesh

Here come the girls: Chloe Sims and Lauren Pope looked good in their outfits and showed off plenty of flesh

Les is more: The girls were heading out to a few local bars in the town centre and were followed by a camera crew

Les is more: The girls were heading out to a few local bars in the town centre and were followed by a camera crew

While Billie, 22, showed off her curves in a tight fit red dress, Jessica wore a modest white dress with pale pink heels.

Lydia Bright was not seen with new love Tom Kilbey as she headed to News Cafe nightclub bar with the rest of the group.

Although the cast make an annual pilgrimage to Marbella, this time they are accompanied by the crew of the ITV2 show to film a one-off special The Only Way Is Marbs.

The sparkle: Lydia Bright, left, and Lauren Goodger wore similar material but with varying degrees of success

The sparkle: Lydia Bright, left, and Lauren Goodger wore similar material but with varying degrees of success

The sparkle: Lydia Bright, left, and Lauren Goodger wore similar material but with varying degrees of success

Tanned to perfection: Jessica Wright and Billie Faiers were arm in arm when they followed the rest of the group into town

Tanned to perfection: Jessica Wright and Billie Faiers were arm in arm when they followed the rest of the group into town

Say cheese: TOWIE cast members are stopped by tourists who want a photograph with their TV idols

Say cheese: TOWIE cast members are stopped by tourists who want a photograph with their TV idols

No doubt the complication of having heavy microphone batteries attached to their swimwear for the outside filming will prove to be tricky for the cast.

The special episode of TOWIE will air on ITV2 on Wednesday 13 June at 10pm.

News Cafe nightclub after having had dinner in Puerto Banus

News Cafe nightclub after having had dinner in Puerto Banus