Ugly Betty


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Ugly Betty is an American comedy-drama television series developed by Silvio Horta, which premiered on ABC on September 28, 2006, and ended on April 14, 2010. It revolves around the character Betty Suarez who, despite her lack of style, lands a job at a prestigious fashion magazine. The series is based on Fernando Gaitán's Colombian telenovela Yo soy Betty, la fea, which has had many other international adaptations. It was produced by Silent H, Ventanarosa, and Reveille Productions partnered with ABC Studios and executive produced by Salma Hayek, Silvio Horta, Ben Silverman, Jose Tamez, and Joel Fields. The pilot was filmed in New York; seasons one and two were filmed in Los Angeles and seasons three and four in New York City.

During its first three seasons, it aired on Thursday nights, where it was mostly successful. However, viewership dropped significantly in the show's third season, particularly in the important 18–49 age group. In October 2009, the series was moved to Fridays, where it had trouble finding an audience. The backlash from its fans prompted ABC to move the show to Wednesdays at 10:00 pm Eastern/9:00 pm Central starting January 6, 2010, where it was thought that it would better complement its Wednesday hits Modern Family and Cougar Town, but on January 27, 2010, ABC announced it was canceling the series due to low ratings. Since the show's cancellation, it has gained a cult following. With the end of the series, there was talk of a push by Ana Ortiz and America Ferrera for an Ugly Betty movie.

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Silvio Horta on bringing Ugly Betty to an American audience
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Judith Light on her Ugly Betty character "Claire Meade" and working with America Ferrera as "Betty Suarez"
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Patricia Field on the challenges of working on Ugly Betty: the producers; on how the "look" got established
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Silvio Horta on the issue of sexuality on Ugly Betty
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Judith Light on the production of Ugly Betty moving from Los Angeles to New York and the end of the show
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Patricia Field

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Patricia Field on the challenges of working on Ugly Betty: the producers; on how the "look" got established
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Silvio Horta

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Silvio Horta on bringing Ugly Betty to an American audience
03:53
Silvio Horta on the issue of sexuality on Ugly Betty
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Silvio Horta on the appeal of Ugly Betty
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Silvio Horta on becoming involved with writing Ugly Betty
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Silvio Horta on working with producer Salma Hayek on Ugly Betty
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Silvio Horta on working with the crew of Ugly Betty
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Silvio Horta on the characters and premise of Ugly Betty
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Silvio Horta on the tonal balance of Ugly Betty
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Silvio Horta on the presentation of Ugly Betty at the upfronts
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Silvio Horta on shooting the Ugly Betty pilot and casting Vanessa Williams
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Silvio Horta on his vision for Ugly Betty and plotting out the show in advance
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Silvio Horta on being showrunner on Ugly Betty
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Silvio Horta on the process of writing for Ugly Betty
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Silvio Horta on juggling the storylines and characters of Ugly Betty
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Silvio Horta on coming up with ideas for Ugly Betty
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Silvio Horta on dealing with the network on Ugly Betty
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Silvio Horta on the Latino heritage and social class of Ugly Betty
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Silvio Horta on a typical production week for Ugly Betty
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Silvio Horta on the production design and wardrobe of Ugly Betty
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Silvio Horta on the shooting style of Ugly Betty
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Silvio Horta on America Ferrera as "Betty Suarez" on Ugly Betty
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Silvio Horta on Eric Mabius as "Daniel Meade" on Ugly Betty
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Silvio Horta on Vanessa Williams as "Wilhelmina Slater" on Ugly Betty
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Silvio Horta on the cast of Ugly Betty
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Silvio Horta on Ugly Betty's Emmy nomination
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Silvio Horta on his favorite moments of Ugly Betty
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Silvio Horta on the end of Ugly Betty
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Silvio Horta on the legacy of Ugly Betty
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Judith Light

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Judith Light on her Ugly Betty character "Claire Meade" and working with America Ferrera as "Betty Suarez"
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Judith Light on the production of Ugly Betty moving from Los Angeles to New York and the end of the show
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Judith Light on playing "Claire Meade" on Ugly Betty
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