Sad, disturbing news in New York City last night: actor Michael Brea, 31, who had small roles on “Ugly Betty” and in “Step Up 3D,” was arrested after killing his mother with a samurai sword. Police said Brea hacked up and decapitated his 55-year-old mom, Yannick Brea, in the middle of the night while screaming Bible passages. Police had been called earlier in the evening to the apartment for a domestic disturbance, but they left soon after, according to The New York Post. Keep reading »
It’s such a shame that almost as soon as Betty Suarez ditched the braces, plucked her eyebrows and started wearing funky ensembles that were cool rather than weird, “Ugly Betty” is over. From episode one, I loved the show. Part of it was that, when the series began, I was an associate editor at Jane and appreciated that, while incredibly hyperbolic, the portrayal of Mode wasn’t that far off from what I witnessed on a daily basis. Sure, I never donned a poncho, but there were definitely moments when I, with my dreams of being a “serious” journalist, felt grossly out of step with the world around me. And having served as an editor-in-chief’s assistant for two years, I really liked how the show captured that intense bond between editors and assistants in a much more real way than, say, “The Devil Wears Prada.” As the show progressed, I loved how Betty started to come into her own, landing an assistant editor gig and breaking hearts along with way.
But I wasn’t exactly sure what to make of last night’s episode. (If you’re waiting to watch it, I would stop reading now.) Keep reading »
Just when I thought the week couldn’t get any worse, ABC decided to cancel “Ugly Betty.” I had a bad feeling that might happen when the show was suddenly on at 10 p.m. on Friday nights, when no one cool (besides me) is home to watch it. The show will end in April due to the ailing ratings in the past two seasons. I bet the reason they lost viewers was that “Betty” moved times and days so much; I actually didn’t know it was still on during most of season three. Steve McPherson, the prez of ABC, and executive producer Silvio Horta issued the statement: “We are announcing now as we want to allow the show ample time to write a satisfying conclusion.” [CBC News]
The only satisfying conclusion for me would be if they said, “JK! We love ‘Betty!’” They have moved the show to Wednesdays at 10 p.m. (EST), which is going to confuse even more viewers. But since there’s nothing that can be done at this point, let’s celebrate what it was with the top ten things we loved about “Ugly Betty.” Keep reading »
… but really, she should have lost those shoes instead. [NYC, 11/23/09] Keep reading »
Now “Ugly Betty” fans can sip soda from a pink leopard-print Diet Coke bottle designed by Patricia Field. They even come with stickers that you can put anywhere! For now, these bottles are only available in the U.K., but Patricia Field’s boutique and “Ugly Betty” are both based in New York City, so we know it’s only a matter of time before these tacky things come here. [Metro UK] Keep reading »