Kim Kardashian leaves an appointment at Laser Away Beauty Salon. (January 25, 2012)

*Kim Kardashian has been tapped for a multi-episode arc on the upcoming fourth season of Lifetime’s “Drop Dead Diva,” beginning with the season premiere.

According to the Hollywood Reporter, Sshe will play Nikki, the new love interest of Fred (Ben Feldman) who partners with his ex Stacy (April Bowlby) in a new business venture.

The last person to cast Kardashian, director Tyler Perry, found himself in hot water, forced to defend his decision to cast the E! reality star — who has virtually no acting experience — in his movie “The Marriage Counselor.”

“Drop Dead Diva” creator-executive producer Josh Berman said about his Kardashian decision: “I’m ecstatic to welcome Kim to the Diva family. In discussing the role of Nikki with her, I’m blown away by her smarts, sense of humor, and passion. This series is all about reinvention, and I’m so excited to see Kim ‘reinvented’ in the world of Drop Dead Diva.”

Drop Dead Diva tells the story of a shallow, aspiring model who dies in a sudden accident, only to find her soul resurfacing in the body of a brilliant, thoughtful and plus-size attorney (Brooke Elliott).