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Ugly Betty (TV Series)

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Original title
Ugly Betty (TV Series)aka
AKA
  • Betty the Ugly
Year
Running time
40 min.
Country
United States United States
Director
Screenwriter
Silvio Horta, Sheila R. Lawrence, Henry Alonso Myers, Jon Kinnally, Tracy Poust, Marco Pennette, Bill Wrubel, Chris Black, Vivien Mejia, Brian Tanen, Veronica Becker, Sarah Kucserka, Cara DiPaolom, David Grubstick, Abraham Higginbotham, Oliver Goldstick, Cameron Litvack, Dailyn Rodriguez, James D. Parriott, Peter Elkoff, Dawn DeKeyser, Gail Lerner. Remake: Fernando GaitánSee 19 More
Music
Jeff Beal
Cinematography
Michael A. Price, Ross Berryman
Cast
Producer
Silent H Productions, Ventanarosa Productions, Reveille Productions, Touchstone Television, CBS Television Studios. Broadcast by: CBS Television Studios
Genre
TV Series. Comedy. Drama | Fashion. Remake
Synopsis
TV Series (2006-2010). 4 Seasons. 85 Episodes. In the superficial world of high fashion, image is everything. Styles come and go, and the only constants are the superthin beauties who wear them. How can an ordinary girl - a slightly plump plain-Jane from Queens - possibly fit in?

If you took a moment to get to know Betty Suarez, you'd see how sweet, intelligent and hard-working she is. But few people do, because in the world of high fashion Betty is the oversized peg in the petite round hole. When publishing mogul Bradford Meade hands the reigns of Mode, the bible of the fashion industry, over to this son, Daniel, he specifically hires Betty as his son's new assistant - mostly because she's the only woman in NYC Daniel won't sleep with. Though this "player" is reluctant to accept her at first, Betty's indomitable spirit and bright ideas will eventually win him over. Neither of them really knows the ins and outs of the fashion world, but the two are a formidable team against those who will do anything to see them fall.

And they really are swimming with the sharks. Diva fashionista Wilhelmina Slater is incensed that Bradford Meade passed her over and promoted Daniel to the coveted job after the mysterious death of Mode's legendary editress, Fey Sommers. Wilhelmina, along with toadying assistant Marc and scheming receptionist Amanda, are out to sabotage Daniel and Betty any chance they get. Betty finds a friend in warm-hearted Christina, who works as the magazine's in-house seamstress and seems to know everything about everybody who works there.

Away from work, Betty's home life is far from glamorous. Dad Ignacio and her sister, Hilda, worry that she's just setting herself up for a fall, while nephew Justin encourages his aunt to dream big (even if he's aghast at her fashion sense). Nerdy boyfriend Walter, who unceremoniously dumped Betty, keeps turning up despite her attempts to get him to stay away.

"Ugly Betty" stars America Ferrera as Betty Suarez, Eric Mabius as Daniel Meade, Alan Dale as Bradford Meade, Tony Plana as Ignacio, Ana Ortiz as Hilda, Ashley Jensen as Christina, Becki Newton as Amanda, Mark Indelicato as Justin, Michael Urie as Marc, Kevin Sussman as Walter, Rebecca Romijn as Alexis Meade and Vanessa Williams as Wilhelmina Slater.

Based on "Yo Soy Betty La Fea," the groundbreaking Colombian telenovela that became an international phenomenon, "Ugly Betty" is from ABC Television Studio. Academy Award nominee and Emmy Award winner Salma Hayek is executive producer, along with Silvio Horta ("Urban Legends"), Ben Silverman, ("The Office"), Jose Tamez ("The Maldonado Miracle"), James Hayman ("Joan of Arcadia") and Marco Pennette ("Caroline in the City").
Awards
2009: Emmy: Nominated for Best Supp. Actress (Vanessa Williams) and Costume
2008: Emmy: 6 Nominations, Including Best Actress (America Ferrera) and Casting
2007: 3 Emmys, including Best Directing and Actress (Ferrera). 11 Nominations
2008: Nominated for Golden Globe: Actress Series TV - Comedy (America Ferrera)
2007: Nominated for Golden Globe: Actress Series TV - Comedy (America Ferrera)
2006: Golden Globe: Best Series of TV (Musical or Comedy)
2007: American Film Institute (AFI): Top 10 - TV Programs of the Year
2009: Satellite Awards: Nominated for Best Supporting Actress (Vanessa Williams)
2007: Producers Guild Awards (PGA): Nominated for Best TV Series - Comedy
2006: Directors Guild of America (DGA): Best Director in Comedy Series
2008: Writers Guild of America (WGA): Nominated for Best Screenplay in Episodic Comedy
2006: Writers Guild of America (WGA): Best Screenplay New Series
2008: Screen Actors Guild (SAG): Nominated for Actress in a Comedy Series (Ferrera)
2007: Screen Actors Guild (SAG): 3 Nominations inc. for Best Ensemble Comedy Series
2006: Screen Actors Guild (SAG): Best Actress in a Comedy Series (Ferrera). 2 Nominations
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