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Bernadette Peters checks in to Ugly Betty

by Allison Waldman, posted Nov 11th 2008 4:38PM
Bernadette PetersOkay, now that it's behind us, we can say that Lindsay Lohan's turn on Ugly Betty was pretty lame. However, I have hope that other guest stars will do much better. Therefore, the news that Broadway star -- multiple Tony winner -- Bernadette Peters will appear on Ugly Betty is a good thing. Just the name of the character she's playing, Jodie Papadakis, is funny.

Please, please, let this be a sign of good things to come, because Ugly Betty could use an injection of good stuff. So far this season, the show has lurched around searching for its comedic soul.

Anyway, the Papadakis story sounds promising. Jodie is a magazine diva with a reputation to rival Wilhelmina. She's a role model to Betty because she's worked her way up the corporate level, from lowly underling to editor-in-chief. She comes to Mode and heads up a contest to see who will be chosen for the editor-in-training program. The top two assistants with their eyes on the prize are Betty -- natch -- and Mark. Heavens to St. James, what will Willy think of her lackey have some ambition beyond kissing her tootsies?

If this story sounds vaguely familiar, it is. In 2007, Betty was also dazzled and tempted to leave Mode when Sofia Reyes, Selma Hayek's character, gave her a chance to move up the ladder, albeit at a different magazine.

Betty also had a taste of what it's like to see a peer move ahead of her in those Lindsay Lohan episodes when Kimmie jumped right over Betty because she got the magazine mentioned in the tabloids.

Back to Bernadette; her appearance on the show is set for early 2009, and thus far is only one episode. If the character's fun, I hope they keep her around. She's a great comic actress. She could be Claire's confidante. Claire needs someone to hang out with these days now that Bradford is dead and Alex is behind bars.

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Lo-WHO? Bernadette will be a much better guest star on this show? Classy, talented, and eternally beautiful, it seems!

December 07 2008 at 1:19 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

I'm a big fan of Bernadette Peters and am looking forward to her appearance on the show.

I disagree with you that Ugly Betty has lost its comedic soul. I'm enjoying this season very much. I particularly like the evolution of Whillemena's character.

November 12 2008 at 10:13 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

This has no bearing on Ugly Betty, but both Bernadette Peters and Vanessa Williams played the witch in "Into The Woods" on Broadway several years apart. Bernadette in the original and Vanessa in the revival. Both great.

November 12 2008 at 10:10 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

I thought Ugly Betty has been great so far this season... o.O

November 12 2008 at 2:49 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

... and so Rebecca Romijn could have her baby.

November 11 2008 at 9:47 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Alex is not behind bars, she was let out with an agreement between the DA and Claire. She left the country to work abroad.

November 11 2008 at 9:38 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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