Tuesday, January 09, 2007

Ugly Betty: Right On!

Well, thanks to a DVRed New Years marathon on ABC Family, I’m all caught up with Ugly Betty. And yeah, it is AWESOME. (Semi-) evil gay sycophants, cute but nerdy accountants, a makeover episode that made the subject of the makeover worse—what’s not to love?

I also watched part of Real Women Have Curves, America Ferrera’s big debut, over the weekend. She’s just as fabulous as one would expect, and significantly, well, curvier than she is as Betty. I wonder if ABC had her lose the weight so she’d be ready for primetime. That would be pretty ironic, given the character she’s playing. Maybe they thought Betty wouldn’t be sympathetic enough if she had glasses, braces, big eyebrows, AND curves. Or hey, maybe America Ferrera gained weight for Real Women Have Curves. It was a few years ago. Who knows?

At any rate, props to Ugly Betty for being awesome, and props to the writers for avoiding the obvious “Betty loses glasses and braces, gets an eyebrow wax, and becomes beautiful!” storyline. Because I’ve seen She’s All That, and it sucked. Negative props, however, for making the first new episode after I got all caught up a crappy, out-of-order flashback story. What the hell, guys?

8 comments:

Julie said...

What the hell, indeed. Bad call, folks. Maybe they figured people wouldn't be watching that first week back, so they'd just throw in filler that nobody would miss?

Liz said...

Yeah, I guess. I just can't figure out why they cut that episode out in the first place! I mean, switching a couple episodes is one thing, but showing an obviously months-old episode is pretty weird. One would assume they had a good reason for cutting it in the first place...

Lori said...

Yay! I knew you'd like Ugly Betty. I mean, when they're not screwing with the episode order. And I'm with you on keeping her ugly (well, "ugly"). Apparently the original Columbian version had Betty get a hot makeover and win her boss' heart, so I'm glad the writers are staying away from that.

Liz said...

Oh, SO LAME! A hot makeover would definitely be the show's downfall, not to mention totally kill the moral or whatever. Was that the end of the Columbian series, or something?

Julie said...

I thought the hot makeover and eventual boss hookup came much later on the original "Betty La Fea", so I'm not sure if it's out of the realm of possibility on domestic Betty either...

Liz said...

Ew. Doing a makeover would make the show into a lame clone of every shitty teen movie that has ever existed. And did they change the name, or did she just become ugly on the inside, or something?

Lori said...

That was the end of the Columbian show - telenovelas only air for a short period of time, and they're all planned out ahead. On our Betty, I don't know that I'd rule out a makeover either, but at least they're not trying to put Daniel and Betty together.

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