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June 16, 2011 |
By Dean Robbins


Insight on Trump

‘Miss USA’

Sunday, 8 p.m. (NBC)


If Donald Trump ended up running for president, who would have overseen the Miss USA pageant?

It’s hard to know how Trump would have worked out as commander in chief, but we can gain insight into his likely judicial picks by scanning a decade’s worth of his choices for pageant judges. I’m gonna guess he would have nominated Playboy model, Holly Madison, for court of appeal, gossip columnist, Perez Hilton, for district court and his own son, Eric, for Supreme Court.


‘Drop Dead Diva’

Sunday, 8 p.m. (Lifetime)


A gorgeous model named Deb has returned to life in a non-gorgeous body and now works as a lawyer named Jane (Brooke Elliott). It would seem crazy to expect this premise to yield anything more than silliness, but I recall early episodes of “Drop Dead Diva” as being dramatically satisfying.

Not so in the season-three premiere, which finds the series wallowing in camp. Jane keeps lapsing into dreams, in which she chats with Paula Abdul, boogies with an entire hospital staff, etc. Junky cameos by Wendy Williams, LeAnn Rimes and Mario Lopez make it impossible to take the plot seriously. Not that you would have anyway: Jane defends a bad-boy movie star, while Kim (Kate Levering) sues a man for having sex with his ex-wife.

Has “Drop Dead Diva” hit rock bottom, or am I about to wake up from a dream? CV