Despite this piecemeal distribution, the show has gained quite the following. That being said, the most recent announcement on the upcoming season will be music to their ears.
Variety is reporting the 10th season of 'Degrassi,' which will premiere on July 19 in the U.S. on TeenNick, will shift to a Monday to Thursday telenovela-style format. After the two-hour TV movie titled 'The Heat is On,' the series will air nightly at 9PM ET for six weeks. On Fridays, TeenNick will present a two-hour encore of the week's shows from 9 to 11PM.
(S04E20) A really wonderful thing happened at the end of the series finale of 'Ugly Betty.' Betty Suarez got a new beginning. In the tradition of many television series finales, there were many loose ends tied up, and because 'Betty' was more comedy than drama, it only stood to reason that they were mostly happy endings.
All they needed was Liza Minnelli to sing about it, but alas, there was no musical number to sum it all up. However, there was plenty of character development and plot turns. For more on that and how even Halston got a fashionable farewell, read on after the jump. However, if you don't want to know, consider this a SPOILER ALERT!
'Pedro and Maria' will be the cable network's first telenovela, and its first truly interactive scripted series that will allow viewers to vote via Facebook and Twitter on the storyline. Ferrera is developing the bilingual Romeo and Juliet-esque series alongside Tony winner Quiara Alegria Hudes ('In the Heights').
Unfortunately, a double dose of Ugly Betty won't be enough to pump up the ratings. ABC isn't doing Betty any favor by plunking it on Friday nights when there are less people watching TV. Sure, there are lower expectations, but what does it say about the network's faith in the show? Why not just put it on Saturday when even less viewers tune in? (What happened to programming for Saturday night anyway? Once upon a time, great shows actually thrived on Saturdays!)
Now comes news via E! Online that things will be getting more complicated for the Lipstick Jungle with the addition of two more name stars; Latino talents Carlos Ponce and Rosie Perez are both booked for guest roles.
(S02E13) "Spencer, thank God you're here! Now go home." -- Detective Lassiter to Shawn
Even though it may sound crazy, one of the things I like about Psych is that it actually has an opening credits sequence complete with a theme song -- something that is extremely rare in this era of maximum exposure. While that may sound mundane at first, it actually gives the show a bit of extra character. It can also be used to set the tone of an episode, as well.
Ben Silverman has made his first major deal as programming head at NBC: he has bought a TV show about breasts.
Yup. Silverman bought the rights to the Colombian telenovela Sin tetas no hay paraiso, which means Without Breasts There Is No Paradise. That has always been a mantra for many guys but I didn't know they had made a televison show out of it. It is being developed as a show for NBC and also NBC-owned Telemundo.
The show is described as being about "a young woman who is determined to get bigger breasts in order to escape poverty."
I smell a number one hit show.
Of course, it remains to be seen how things hold up moving forward. I thought the premiere was very good, but it didn't match the advertising that led up to it. The show had a much darker, more serious tone than those commercials where we saw Wayne and Dahlia walking down the stairs pondering their new life. I'll be interested to see if that turned off any of those 3.8 million viewers.
Here's an example of how dense I can be sometimes: I had no idea that the lead in Ugly Betty was played by America Ferrera. I don't actually watch the show, so I guess I can be forgiven a little, but I've always thought Ferrera was cute so I'm surprised I didn't figure it out sooner. Then again, maybe that would be considered a compliment since she transforms herself so well into the role of an "ugly" person. It's not like she's Rachel Leigh Cook in She's All That who slips on a pair of glasses and still looks hot but we're supposed to accept she's a hideous nerd that no boy would want. I only wish the nerdy chicks in my high school looked like that.
Oh yeah, and Ugly Betty is on iTunes now. The first season is available, and new episodes can be downloaded the day after they air. Episodes are $1.99.
Does anybody watch the telenovelas on MyNetwork? I hear the promos for them all the time on the radio and they sound so terrible... and not good terrible but just terrible terrible.
Romijn has been cast to play the "mystery woman" that Wilhelmina has been conspiring with to take over the magazine. We have no reason to think that this "mystery woman" is anyone other than Mode's back-from-the-dead editor Fey, but it's a soap opera. If the show's own press releases insist on referring to her only as the "mystery woman," than we'll humor them. We've already seen the character Romijn will be playing on the show, but she's been covered in surgical gauze and shot in silhouette. A different actress has been providing the character's voice. My assumption has always been that Wilhelmina's conspirator was much older than Romijn, which just goes to show the wonders of reconstructive surgery.
Salma Hayek, apparently hoping to duplicate the success of Ugly Betty, which she produced with partner Jose Tamez, is developing another telenovela, an untitled medical drama based at an Ivy League university. Joe Sachs, a writer and producer on ER, is also executive producing the show along with Hayek and Tamez.
Given the television industries knack for jumping on any bandwagon once it's proved there's an audience for it, one wonders what will happen if this new drama becomes as successful as Ugly Betty. It could be we're not too far away from a slew of shows all adapted from telenovelas and other foreign series. I saw a show on Univision the other day where a man dressed as a pink gorilla was chased by another man dressed as a baby. I think that would translate well to an American audience.
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