Monday, October 02, 2006

Damn you Ugly Betty, damn you ABC!

A few months ago I criticized Ugly Betty because of the perpetuation of a Hollywood standard of beauty because its star, even with the makeup, was not an unattractive person. But I would have been a hypocrite if I had slammed the show without watching it, so I did just that last Thursday night.

And I liked it. No... I LOVED it, because America Ferrera as Betty Suarez is just so compelling to watch, and given the ratings from last week, apparently a lot of other people did as well. Her mission to succeed at her job while being beset by people who want to see her fail is noble despite the reasons why they want her to fail being merely superficial. It sort of reminds me a bit of Revenge of the Nerds, truth be told, because much like the protagonists of that particular film were outsiders trying to break into and succeed in a superficial society, and as a protonerd, I have to get behind that.

So, now I have to know how this all turns out, which means that I have another show that I have to watch. Damn you network execs for bringing the quality this year.

I am a recovering soap addict, so watching a telenovela is probably not a good idea for me, but I just can't help myself. And given my history with shows like Alias, 24 and Prison Break, I haven't done a good job of keeping myself unentangled by serialized drama.

10 comments:

snackiepoo said...

At least Fox is going on vacay this month cause of the World Series so we have time to watch other stuff.

I loved that show too, especially how Eric Mabius' character came to at the end and showed some actual class after being a dillweed.

I am so psyched for LOST and The Nine to start!

Leon said...

Sorry. Don't watch the show.

Dana said...

Oh, I missed Ugly Betty! I meant to watch it, but just plain forgot.

D. Prince said...

I came across Ugly Betty quite by accident. I'm hooked!

Love love loved it!

Jen said...

DAMN
I was going to tivo it
and I forgot all anout it

I wish you had said it sucked
then I wouldn't feel bad!

=)

Jen said...

umm about
not anout..

oops

AG said...

Crazy about it -- Season Pass before I got to the second commercial break. A wonderful surprise after the profound letdown Studio 60 has proven to be.

MC said...

For those of you who missed it and wanted to see it, check out the ABC site, as they allow you to stream the whole first episode(USA Only).

Snackie: Well, hopefully this series will last a bit longer than Mabius's last one. ;)

Leon: Well, given your survivor habit, that doesn't surprise me.

D. Prince: I didn't see the City group being the network to pick that up(Well, it is City TV in my neck of the woods ;) )

AG: I didn't have any previous Aaron Sorkin experience to compare Studio 60 to, so I am not really getting disappointed(I watch it Sundays and Mondays thanks to beauty having both Canadian and American networks). Smith on the other hand, while being slightly improved, is still on life support for me.

NuggetMaven said...

I saw parallels between Ugly Betty and The Devil Wears Prada. Nothing original under the sun. Though I have to admit, I enjoyed Ugly Betty, even as predictable as it was.

MC said...

Well, no one ever said that television was totally unpredictable.