Ugly Betty, a multiple Emmy Award winning sensation in its first season, is over.

ABC has informed the series that its fourth season will be its final one, according to Entertainment Weekly.com.

Ugly Betty's ratings went into decline after its big opening season and accelerated when the show was assigned a Friday berth, a virtual death sentence, at the start of this season. A recent shift to Wednesday in an attempt to resuscitate ratings failed.

The producers were told of the cancellation early, EW reports, so that they could create a suitable final episode, which is likely to air in April or May.

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But fear not, the Colombian presence in US sitcoms is not over. Sofia Vergara announced on 'Lopez Tonight' that her hit show 'Modern Family' has been picked up for a second season!

Posted on January 28, 2010


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Posted on January 28, 2010


If the US show was even a little bit like the Colombian one it would probably still be going

Posted on January 28, 2010


The American one was awful.

I watched the original in Colombia when it first came out, and it was suprisingly funny.

Posted on January 28, 2010


Very true, Bill!

Posted on January 28, 2010


I think she is cute.

Posted on January 28, 2010


What really bothered me about the US version is that they made her character Mexican-American instead of Colombian-American. I found that to be very disrespectful since Betty is a Colombian creation, it's as if Colombians can't have any positive portrayal on US television!

But at least Sofia Vergara's character is Colombian on 'Modern Family' and not Mexican, Puerto Rican or Cuban which is what all hispanics are pigeonholed as in Hollywood... that was a pleasant surprise.

Posted on January 28, 2010


simon,

You need to call out the other countries that also copied Betty La Fea and made her of the local flavor as well.

Plus, you need to have a word with the Colombian owners that sold the rights to Betty La Fea without having a clause in the contract to maker her Colombia.

Then there is the fact there are more Mexicans in the states than Colombians, to insure a higher viewer count.

Posted on January 28, 2010


Flatline,

''You need to call out the other countries that also copied Betty La Fea and made her of the local flavor as well.''

The US is a country of immigrants with a sizable hispanic population, the other countries are not. I can see why a Colombian Betty would seem out of place in the Russian or Indian version. How many Colombians live in those countries?

And yes, Betty's creator Fernando Gaitan (he also wrote the hit telenovela 'Cafe con Aroma de Mujer') should have insisted that she be Colombian in the contract!


''Then there is the fact there are more Mexicans in the states than Colombians, to insure a higher viewer count.''

So do only Mexicans live in the US? Do the rest of us Latinos not count? No sea tan lambon! And it's not like this was a Univision show, I could see them doing that since they only cater to Mexicans....but this was on ABC, which means it's geared for a mainstream (Anglo) audience and I don't think that having her be Colombian instead of Mexican would hinder them from watching.

Posted on January 28, 2010


The Original Betty La Fea was shown in Univision.

The thing is Mexicans have a far larger population and have been in the country for a lot longer than Colombians.

Anglos relate a lot better to Mexicans, because there are more of them around.

Latinos do not view themselves as just Latinos. They are Colombians, Puerto Ricans, etc. So they simply catered to the larger demographic to insure the highest ratings they could.

It was simply a business decision and more than likely part of the contract.

Posted on January 28, 2010


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She is the exex. producer. That is why the character is Mexican.

Posted on January 28, 2010


On the greener side of news, it would be one less show I´d have to try to keep on with... LOL
Episodes on Megavideo, and likes, are difficult to find

Posted on January 28, 2010


''The Original Betty La Fea was shown in Univision.''

Flatline, if you going to attempt to argue any topic related to Colombian pop culture with me, make sure you have your facts straight first. The original Betty la Fea was first broadcast on Telemundo back in 2000. After Univision saw the ratings monster it became and the opportunity it missed, they regretted not having bought the rights for it so they bought the rights to make the sequel, Ecomoda. Unfortunately, the geniuses at Univision decided to remove much of the Colombian humor from it to make it more ''international'' by adding a Mexican lead character and removing our Colombian slang from the dialogue. Well, it justly bombed! Since then the original 'Yo Soy Betty la Fea' has been re-aired twice on Telefutura, which is owned by Univision but is a seperate channel. Univision only aired the awful Mexican version, 'La Fea Más Bella'.


''Anglos relate a lot better to Mexicans, because there are more of them around.''

While (US)American's might have more knowledge of Mexico due to it being the next door neighbor, to state that they ''relate better'' to one group of latinos over another sounds almost racist. And you know very well that many Anglos do not even differentiate among Latinos...to them we're all the same.

Posted on January 28, 2010


Simon,

I was in Colombia when Betty La Fea first aired and saw the entire run when it first shown. So there is little doubt I saw it before you did.

I should have remembered correctly, since it has been a decade, Telemundo aired Betty La Fea in the States. I get them confused as most latino tv is utter crap.

I have lived all over the US, I do not think you have. The majority of most Latinos are Mexican, and do to their great numbers, people tend to know more about the Mexican culture than they do all latins. It is not be being racist, it is stating a fact.

And when I said relate better, I should have said have a better understanding of Mexican culture than other Latins.

Maybe you should go after the creators of Pedro el Escamoso for having the lead of the show not being Colombian.

Posted on January 28, 2010


I think gringos relate better to Mexicans, because Mexican food is far superior compared to Colombian food.

Posted on January 28, 2010


''Maybe you should go after the creators of Pedro el Escamoso for having the lead of the show not being Colombian.''

Miguel Varoni may have been born in Argentina but he was raised in Colombia and has lived there most of his life. Once he opens his mouth you know he's Colombian and not an Argentine.

Posted on January 28, 2010


Robert Jorge, that's just your opinion. IMO it's the other way around.

Posted on January 28, 2010


It never had a chance ! I liked the show but the time slots killed it

Posted on January 28, 2010


I actually like Colombian food better also Simon. I just had to break your balls a little since Clavo isn't around much.

Posted on January 28, 2010


I thought you were getting on Monpirri's case.

Posted on January 28, 2010


He he Robert Jorge, pretty slick.

Posted on January 28, 2010


Monpirri and I are in agreement when it comes to Colombian food Des. I could live on various Colombian soups alone, and be quite content.

Posted on January 28, 2010


aaawwww too bad. I loved that show. So cute.

Posted on January 28, 2010


Simon.....I felt the same way when they gave the part of Selena to J-Lo, who can't act and personality-wise is the complete opposite of what Selena was.

Posted on January 28, 2010


I have to admit Robert Jorge you confused quite a bit with your first comment, but overall you have an epicurian taste and it has not being compromised yet, not even to please the political arena lol.
Colombian food rocks!

Posted on January 28, 2010


Theflatline
"Anglos relate a lot better to Mexicans, because there are more of them around."
You are dead wrong. Mexicans basically own all the Spanish TV networks in the USA so they feed the US with their biased programming and consequently every dumb viewer belief that there is only ONE Hispanic country in the world.

But thanks to the success of the Colombian novelas the major TV stations in the states began to allow Colombian soap operas to sporadically reach the US audience and mostly via Telemundo, although Telefutura has also joined the market to broadcast Colombian productions in the USA.
Thanks goodness to Direct TV I do not have to watch 24/7 Mexican novelas, the soccer matches and the other super boring stuff.

Anyway, Univision always wanted to be the leader of the TV industry in the state, at any cost, and since they turned down to show authentic Colombian programming in the states, they began to copy and change all the great scripts so they could continue to feed their audience with a new dish, ??Colombian? novelas with a high overdose of enchiladas on it.
The new and ??brilliant? contracts occasionally use Colombian actors to keep anyone from whining!

Posted on January 28, 2010


Telemundo, one of the largest latin networks is Puerto Rican owned.

Monpirri, my statement was that there are more Mexicans than any other latin group in the states. And that is the truth. And in the US people are more accustomed to Mexicans due to their large numbers.

The larger group, the better the understansding will be.

People in the US do not believe that that is just one Hispanic country in the world. Do not be absurd. But the US has Mexico on it's borders, and business do cater to the larger demographic. There is no Mexican television conspiracy, and no one has their foot on the Colombians neck.

Plus, to really undertand many of the jokes in Betty, you have to be Colombian.

It is simple business. Cater to the largest demograhic. If a station is Mexican owned, and they realize there largest customer base is Mexican, then they will cater to them.

The original Betty La Fea was an amusing soap opera without any real depth.

Telvesion and cinema have been retelling the story of the Ugly Duckling for years and Betty La Fea was hardly the first.

Posted on January 28, 2010


Dude, you love to move your jaws but do not have the facts! I can tell that you do not know the story of the Spanish Television in the US and I am not going to discuss this stuff with you because I do not have the time now. I however recommend that you do a thorough research on the subject.

Posted on January 28, 2010


''Telemundo, one of the largest latin networks is Puerto Rican owned.''

Telemundo is owned by NBC!


''and no one has their foot on the Colombians neck.''

You certainly try to do this every chance you get!

Posted on January 28, 2010


Monpirri and Simon,

Telemundo was started in San Juan Puerto Rico. It has changed hands several times over the years, but for many years was mostly Puerto Rican.

Are you saying that Mexicans are not the predominate latin group in the states? That has been my point this entire time.

I worked for two very large companies that did marketing feasibility studies on the latin populace, and the end result that the most profatibility in latin markets would be by catering to the Mexicans. Because they were the largest block and spent the most dollars.

Are you saying Betty La Fea is not an Ugly Duckling story?

I might not know all the details of the "history of latin TV" in the states. But I do know that marketing dollars are not going to be spent where the money isn't.

The money is marketing to the Mexicans, not the Colombians, Haitians, Ethopians, or whatever tiny group someone is a part of.

I could give a shit about Spanish TV history, but I do know marketing. Which you have avoided responding to.

Posted on January 28, 2010


Flatline,

I understand the economics reasons as to why Mexicans are catered to and I'm sure Monpirri does as well, but does that mean that everything that is Latin on US television has to be mexicanized?

Why don't you move to Mexico since you seem to think they're so much more important than Colombians?

Posted on January 28, 2010


Colombians always have a problem with Mexicans. Why? Mexico is the most important Spanish-speaking nation and Colombia is just another one of those countries somewhere down in South America. No one in the US knows anything about Colombia and they don't want to know anything about Colombia. Mexico is right on the doorstep like it or not and Mexicans are all over the US. Hell I used to think Colombian food was something like Mexican food but since then I've found out that it's tasteless and uninspiring.

Posted on January 28, 2010


If Mexico is so important, then what are you doing are on a forum about Colombia? Oh, that's right, you're just trying to be a troll and get a rise out of us. But we know you can't live without Colombia. Loser.

Posted on January 28, 2010


Simon,

I never said I thought Mexico was more important than Colombia. That is just putting words in my mouth.

And when I was speaking of television, I was speaking of the Spanish channels. Not US television in general.

I would also venture to guess that in Colombia, the majority of novelas and shows are Mexican and Venezuelan. Because from what I see on TV here is exactly that.

Posted on January 28, 2010


Isn't Puerto Rico part of the US? Hence, Puerto Rican owned would be US owned?

Posted on January 28, 2010


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Betty la Fea in Italy.

Posted on January 28, 2010


"isn't Puerto Rico part of the US? Hence, Puerto Rican owned would be US owned?"

Yup, same as the case with Canadia.

Posted on January 28, 2010


yeah but the US only owns us figuratively billyb, not literally

and besides, hollywood is run by canadians now, James Cameron, Ivan and Jason Reitman, Paul Haggis, etc etc, so american pop culture is really canadian : )

Posted on January 28, 2010


Good one Podborski.

Posted on January 28, 2010