Margaret Cho has booked a scripted TV job in addition to her upcoming reality show.
The comedian has joined the cast of Lifetime’s “Drop Dead Diva,” a pilot about a dead model/actress whose soul ends up in the body of a brilliant but rather frumpy lawyer. Jackson Hurst has also signed on to the show, according to The Hollywood Reporter.
Brooke Elliott stars in “Drop Dead Diva” as Jane, the attorney who becomes the new home for the soul of Deb, a self-absorbed party girl who gets a chance to redeem herself when her soul ends up in Jane’s body. Cho will play Jane’s assistant, while Hurst (“The Mist,” Lifetime’s upcoming “Living Proof”) will play a lawyer - and ex-boyfriend of Deb’s - who takes a job at Jane’s firm.
Cho, and her parents, will star in “The Cho Show,” a slice-of-life reality show that premieres on VH1 later this month. The former “All-American Girl” star appeared in several episodes of “‘Til Death” last year; other recent credits include Sci Fi’s miniseries “The Lost Room” and “One Missed Call.”
Josh Berman (“Vanished,” “CSI”) wrote the “Drop Dead Diva” pilot and is executive producing with Craig Zadan and Neil Meron (“A Raisin in the Sun”).