One of the Best Shows on Television is Getting Cancelled?!


You know what show I’m talking about. That’s right, Ugly Betty. It was announced in January that ABC will be airing this show until mid-April, when the season ends… and that will be that.

Is ABC out of his minds?! In a television world full of doctors, lawyers, investigators and reality shows, a little bit of fashion fever is greatly needed, as it puts some color into the otherwise bland tv-screen (literally, since doctors and lawyers either wear a full-white outfit or a full-black/gray suit). But putting aside color, there are also several important reasons why Ugly Betty does not deserve to have its head cut off.

Let’s first talk about the characters in the show. For the most part, it’s the characters that make the show a win or a lose, and in Ugly Betty’s case, it is a win. All the characters, including the villainous Wilhelmina Slater, have depth in them that makes their personality something that we can sympathize with and attach ourselves to.

In the case of Wilhelmina, although she is known to be the dragon lady in Mode, there is a reason that she is who she is. Many times throughout the show, she was supposed to be the next person in charge of the magazine, but many obstacles came her way, such as Alexis Meade and Daniel Meade, that made it impossible for her to get the crown. Of course this led her to be more vicious in her attempts to take over the empire. She’s not completely evil, however, and this can be seen more evidently through her relationship with Marc St. James, her loyal assistant, and Conner, her only lover on show.

There is still a long list of lovable characters that I will briefly mention, or I’d be sitting here all day just writing about them. First, there’s Amanda, the receptionist who at first seemed like a dumb blonde but expanded to be a character who wanted to achieve something out of life. Second, there’s Marc St. James, Wilhelmina’s assistant, who went from being a jerk always picking on Betty to someone who never gets that break from being a regular assistant to someone of more importance. The final character I will mention is Daniel Meade who was once a carefree playboy party animal to someone more grounded and more focused. There’s, of course Betty, but we all know what she stands for, so there’s no need to mention it.

Moving on to the great script and storyline. Okay, I do admit that the storyline is a little extreme (during one season, Wilhelmina is so desperate to become editor-in-chief, she stole sperm from a dead Bradford Meade, the owner of Meade Publications) but it because of these extreme and improbable storylines that makes the show so much fun to watch. They’re just so ridiculous that it’s simply pure awesomesauce and takes the viewers away from the real world for a bit. Compared to the lawyers show, where the criminals are deranged and they get caught for their crime, Ugly Betty makes their criminal actions creative and of minuscule importance to the higher authority, making anything possible.

This then causes for many comedic one-liners and overall dialogue. Here are a couple of examples:

1. Justin (Betty’s nephew): I don’t want flan. I’ll get fat!

Hilda (Justin’s mom): Honey, you’re a boy. It doesn’t matter if you’re fat or not

2. Marc to Justin (Justin is into fashion): Be who you are and wear what you want, just make sure you can run real fast.

All the characters have some form of witty comment in each episode that really adds such flavor to the show. And to my knowledge, no to other show does what Ugly Betty has managed to do, with the exception of Glee (but that show came after Ugly Betty so ‘meh’).

There is still so many things that needs to be covered in the show, such as Betty transforming into a beautiful dove appearance-wise, Betty and Daniel getting together (because we know they’re perfect for each other), Marc’s life as an editor, Amanda as a non-reception, etc. etc. For one thing, we do know that Betty will finally getting those adult braces off, but having them off right before the show’s final episodes is somewhat cruel to the viewers, in my opinion.

From my understanding, the show is getting cancelled due to the low amount of viewers. But blame it on the ABC network itself for constantly moving the show’s timeslot! From the poll shown on SaveUglyBetty.com, thirty percent of the poll-takers either didn’t know when the show was on or it was shown too late in the night, they weren’t able to watch it!

It’s probably unnecessary for me to say, but…

Bring Betty Back!

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