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Fall TV Preview: Ugly Betty

Ugly Betty is one of the most highly anticipated shows this season. Betty premieres tonight at 8/7c on ABC. The show is executive produced by Salma Hayak (who does a hilarious cameo in the first episode!) and is based on the wildy popular Colombian telenovela, Yo Soy Betty La Fea. Its roots may be in telenovelas, but you can't help but compare the show to this summer's hit, The Devil Wears Prada.

Betty Suarez (America Ferrera, The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants), a somewhat unfortunate looking, but extremely genuine and hard-working girl from Queens, lands a job as the Assistant to the Editor of the extremely fashionable Mode magazine. Bradford Meade (Alan Dale, The OC), head of Mead Publishing, Mode's parent company, hires Betty to keep his womanizing son and Editor of Mode from continuing to sleep with his assistants. Other notable cast members include singer/actress Vanessa Williams as Wilhelmina Slater, the extremely bitter Mode fashionista who is not at all happy about being passed over for the top spot by the Boss's son.

According to reports, Ugly Betty will differ from The Devil Wears Prada in that it will not make over Betty, she will continue to be her charming self throughout the season. We enjoyed the first episode and can't wait to see where it's headed. The only observation we had was why they felt the need to make this an hour long show. It seems like it would be more appropriate for a 30 minute sitcom but I am hoping ABC proves us wrong.

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tiny4 tiny4 10 years
First of all - forget Earl & The Office, UGLY BETTY is where it's at! I've seen the pilot and it is AWESOME! At least give it a chance! A little unknown tid-bit Babsee, LESS THAN PERFECT was actually Touchstone TV's first attempt at UGLY BETTY & they discussed doing it as a 1-hour, but took out all of the Latin flava ... that show is now off the air, obviously, BUT now you have the more authentic version to satisfy you :-)
Princess-Lucy Princess-Lucy 10 years
100% agree with you "thruthlady"
TruthLady TruthLady 10 years
Actually, that is not the whole point of the show. The whole idea was that outer beauty is not really the important thing. And hopefully is a good message that a lot of people need to learn. I do not believe that it will change lives but at least it has a nice message, not like: Laguna Beach, Flavor of Love, and all those really ridiculous "reality shows". And hopefully it follows the original and is a good comedy.
sphh18 sphh18 10 years
I saw the Colombian one that was a big hit in all Latin America, then there's a Mexican one at the moment, so they are looking now for this one on US that is ok but you know She end up being beautiful and like the other beauty/stupid ones, so there's no point for me...!!
JennyJen2 JennyJen2 10 years
Since the show will premiere vs. My name is Earl/Office and Survivor - It probably won't do well in the ratings. It is on ABC Family tomorrow night at 7 and on Soap Net on Saturday for those of you who are like me and already are using TIVO for one of the other shows!
chibarosa chibarosa 10 years
I'm a HUGE fan of La Fea Mas Bella, which is the Mexican version of this telenovela, and I have to say that when I first heard that they were going to do an English language version this season, the first thing I thought was, "Oh, no, everyone's going to compare it to The Devil Wears Prada." I'm so glad that Salma Hayek is an executive producer, because hopefully her prior experience as a telenovela actress will keep it in check. And so what if it's an hour long show? Real telenovelas are an hour long and they air EVERY NIGHT of the week. I'd hate to be a writer for one of those shows!
BlondeSugar BlondeSugar 10 years
thank god now i can sleep tonight
gracey gracey 10 years
well then...
TruthLady TruthLady 10 years
Hey Jaxon, they do not call me TruthLady for nothing. And yes it was spelled incorrectly and then Pop fixed it. It was spelled Columbian.
3Sweeties 3Sweeties 10 years
I wondered the same thing Jaxon.
jaxon jaxon 10 years
Am I missing where pop spelled it wrong? Thanks for the spell check Truth but everyone makes a mistake now and then no need to yell.
Sica Sica 10 years
Hahaha I love Billie and his skanky face here!:P
TruthLady TruthLady 10 years
First of all it is spelled COLOMBIA, second it was such a great success that not only this is the English version, but it has already made a second Spanish version. I saw the original COLOMBIAN version and it was awesome, hopefully ABC's version doesn’t make a fool and ruins it for the U.S. audience. Colombia, Great export! You will always get the Truth from me! You will always get the Truth from me!
babsee babsee 10 years
ha ha SICA-- billie joe never looked better- NOT!
babsee babsee 10 years
sounds like "less than perfect", one of my favortie sitcoms, now gone.
Griffin73 Griffin73 10 years
Flop. I can already hear the heads rolling.
TruJrzyGirl TruJrzyGirl 10 years
Imagine working in an office like that, all beautiful people and you looking like the beast ... Gheeeze, I'd either quit or write into Stacy and Clinton (What NOT To Wear) for some serously HELP !
Daisy6264 Daisy6264 10 years
I agree with Jinx and Popsugar. Half hour is long enough.
TruJrzyGirl TruJrzyGirl 10 years
LOL!!! You can DEFINITELY pick out the ugly duckling that's for sure.
Jinx Jinx 10 years
i didn't know it was going to be an hour, I agree Pop, half hour probably suits it better. I'll still give it a shot.
Asche Asche 10 years
colOmbian! colOmbian! Love the show, love this website, but hate when people misspell colOmbian :)
Sica Sica 10 years
I've watched the original. I don't like it, but you can have some fun hehehe.
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