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Wednesday, January 27, 2010

Off Topic: Goodbye, 'Ugly Betty'

Admittedly, I only first delved into Ugly Betty this past spring when I got a freelance gig interviewing Vanessa Williams. I'd never seen a single episode of the show, but did a bit of brushing up by watching some of the first season before the one-on-one.

Needless to say, I got sucked into the series. Betty's bumbling, Mark's bitchiness, Daniel's man-whoring and Wilhelmina's conniving were just too good to abandon after only a few viewings. And then there's Amanda...

Anyway, imagine my delight when I landed a three-month freelance job in June writing episode recaps for the ABC network's website. Between that and Netflix, I flew through nearly three seasons of Betty by September.

I'm ashamed to say that I didn't catch any of Season 4 once it began airing this past fall. But it wasn't because I lost interest—I was still busy getting through Season 3 on DVD.

So today comes the news that the show has been canceled, and that its final episodes will air in April. You don't need a degree in rocket science to pinpoint that the move to Friday nights in September torpedoed the ratings. By the time ABC switched it over to Wednesdays earlier this month, it was sadly too little, too late.

Heavy sigh. I'm happy that I have a full unwatched season ahead of me. (These characters really do feel like old friends after 60+ episodes.) But I'm utterly gutted that, sadly, it's hasta la vista for Betty Suarez.

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  • At 7:00 PM, Blogger Dan said…

    We watched Season 1 on DVD, but Heidi and I were so supremely pissed off at the season one cliffhanger that we never watched again. Still, we enjoyed the first season but liked it better when it was being silly and fun rather than soapy and melodramatic.

    My favorite few minutes were the ones in which Wilhelmina was reminiscing about her days with Mark (after she had traded Mark away) while Vanessa Williams sings "The Way We Were" over the top. It doesn't get much campier than that.

  • At 8:57 PM, Anonymous shaun said…

    Uggg, tis a sad day...hate when a network shuffles a show around and then wonders why the ratings aren't there...oh well, at least the producers/writers got advance warning so they can craft an appropriate (and, who knows, maybe satisfying) conclusion.

  • At 12:38 AM, Blogger Paul said…

    I loved the first season, loved the second season less and liked the third but not well enough to delve into the fourth. I am sad it's ending though and will probably catch up on the fourth on dvd at some point :(

  • At 7:04 AM, Blogger rcLoy said…

    :( why? why? tell me why~ Aih...


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