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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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