Ex-'American Idol' Paula Abdul will play a judge on 'Drop Dead Diva'

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Paula Abdul is totally pysched about her new "Drop Dead Diva" role. 

Fittingly, she plays an encouraging judge on the show about a model who is reincarnated into the body of a plus-size lawyer.  She's already shot two shows (airs Sept. 13 and Oct. 11), and they are talking about her appearing on the second-season premiere.

"I'm playing a real judge in a courtroom speaking as Jane's [Brooke Elliott] conscience," she tells TV Guide. "I root her on and give her the gumption to do the things she needs to do to get what she wants."

What would it take to get Paula back on "American Idol"?