Thursday, September 28, 2006

New York Times Se Gusta Betty La Fea

The New York Times digs Ugly Betty.

This ABC melodramedy, which has attracted big attention both for being an American telenovela and for being funny and good, has a slight premise: an ungorgeous Latina goes to work at a fashion magazine. She’s hired by the father of the party-boy editor in chief because she’s too homely to tempt him into dissipation. Can this sitcom setup work in an hourlong format?

Seems dubious, but “Ugly Betty” is onto the doubts about it and stands ready to turn them into plot. As Betty Suarez, the sexy actress America Ferrera, here defaced by braces and bangs, sets her mouth, squares her shoulders and takes on the part like a linebacker. She’s bravely playing a character who’s coded as ugly, which means she’s still eating food, which is apparently about the bravest thing a television actress can do.


Blogger Paul said...

Ohhh... I wanna see this! Viewing party???

9/28/06, 4:35 PM  
Blogger Scott said...

Gotta head out to LI tonight :( I'm DVR'ing it, though--Maybe over the weekend? Or a double feature with Studio 60 on Monday?)

9/28/06, 6:42 PM  
Blogger Paul said...

YES. Monday sounds brilliant!

9/29/06, 10:10 AM  
Blogger Scott said...


9/29/06, 11:48 AM  

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