Monday, January 26, 2009

Ugly Betty on Hold?

Posted by Cecile at Monday, January 26, 2009
America Ferrera was all smiles on yesterday's SAGs red carpet—perhaps because she didn't know the Ugly plans ABC had in store for her show. (Or, you know, perhaps because she was nominated and looked hot as fire.)

In a surprising move, ABC just announced that its former comedic golden child, Ugly Betty, will be shelved on March 26 in order to bring back Christina Applegate's Samantha Who? and launch a new comedy called In the Motherhood, starring Megan Mullally and Cheryl Hines, in the Thursday 8 p.m. slot.

ABC President Steve McPherson's nostalgic favorite (and old stomping ground) Scrubs and another new comedy, Better Off Ted (Portia de Rossi, Jay Harrington), will take the hour-long block starting Wednesdays at 8 p.m. (The former home of the dearly departing Pushing Daisies.)

So why is one of ABC's highest-profile shows getting a time-out? And what does America have to say?

According to ABC insiders, the Alphabet net is looking at more of a cable model when it comes to its programming and scheduling. "McPherson is interested in reducing the number of reruns," one well-placed insider tells me, adding that Betty—after its dip in the ratings this season—seemed the best place to slot in Samantha and Motherhood.

I think ABC is not fair! They shouldn't do that to her. She is a very good actress and I like her as well as her show. For me, her show is still one of the "best" comedy shows and therefore they should not hold it.


amiable amy said...

I agree. Well, in entertainment industry "entertainment politics" are also rampant. They had their reasons and fans are left with so much questions as usual.

Clarissa said...

I agree to that,too!

Robb Sempurai said...

agree too :)

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Umma said...

I only watched Ugly Betty once and never had a chance to follow the show.. hahah..


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