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'Degrassi' Goes Telenovela This Summer on TeenNick

by Rich Keller, posted Jul 12th 2010 7:00PM
For its 10th season,TeenNick will air new episodes of 'Degrassi' Monday thru ThursdayFor years -- nay decades -- U.S. fans of the Canadian-produced 'Degrassi' series of television shows have only been able to grab new episodes when available on their local public television stations and, most recently, TeenNick.

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.

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'Ugly Betty' - 'Hello Goodbye' Recap (Series Finale)

by Allison Waldman, posted Apr 15th 2010 12:18AM
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!

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America Ferrera Bringing Interactive Telenovela to MTV

by Sharon Knolle, posted Apr 12th 2010 12:40PM
America Ferrera's star-making role on 'Ugly Betty' -- which has its series finale this Wednesday (10PM on ABC) -- was inspired by one of the world's most-popular telenovelas. Now, the Wrap is reporting that Ferrera will follow 'Betty' with another telenovela -- this time, on MTV.

'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').

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Ugly Betty season premiere moved up

by Allison Waldman, posted Oct 4th 2009 11:15AM
Betty_uglyIf you had the return of Ugly Betty in your datebook -- or PDA -- for Friday, October 9, it's time for an update. ABC has moved the season premiere of Ugly Betty to October 16. It'll be a double shot of Betty, two-hours instead of just one. After the premiere, Ugly Betty will fall into its regular slot of Friday at 9 p.m.

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!)

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Lipstick Jungle casting news es muy caliente

by Allison Waldman, posted Jun 25th 2008 11:02AM
Ponce/Perez duoWhen Lipstick Jungle comes back for the new season on Wednesday, September 24, we already know that Wendy's life will be impacted by the appearance of her challenging, iconic mother Joyce, played by television great Mary Tyler Moore.

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.

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ESPN turns to the soaps to sell fantasy baseball - VIDEO

by Allison Waldman, posted Apr 6th 2008 8:54AM
ESPN Did you know that baseball players are big-time soap opera fans? It's true. All that time they spend hanging out in the clubhouse during the day, they have the soaps playing in the background. Not all, but a lot. That said, it'll be interesting to see if the same things that sell soaps -- the drama, the relationships, the never-ending stories -- work for ESPN in selling their Fantasy Baseball League. They're calling the series of commercials "Endless Drama."

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Psych: Lights, Camera...Homicidio

by Richard Keller, posted Jan 26th 2008 12:01PM

Shawn as Chad, the package delivery man

(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.


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NBC: The National Breast Corporation?

by Bob Sassone, posted Jun 15th 2007 4:05PM

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.

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Ugly Betty: East Side Story (season finale)

by Julia Ward, posted May 18th 2007 1:50AM
I can't stop crying.

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The Riches and IFL score big on Monday

by Brett Love, posted Mar 14th 2007 3:20PM
Minnie DriverThe numbers are in and The Riches is off to a nice start for FX. The 3.8 million viewers more than doubled the best Monday night at 10 the network has ever had. That was also slightly better than the premieres of Nip/Tuck and Dirt, but fell short of The Shield, Rescue Me, and Over There. In the 18-49 demo, the news was even better. The Riches ranks as the number two premiere, trailing only The Shield.

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.

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Ugly Betty: Sofia's Choice

by Julia Ward, posted Jan 12th 2007 1:42AM
Ugly Betty Sofia's Choice(S01E12) And, so, Salma Hayek's arc comes to an end. We'll miss you, Salma. We'll miss you and your ripe, luscious... acting ability. Sofia broke Daniel's heart, and he's gone off the sadness end. Ted broke Wilhelmina's heart, and she's gone off the bitchy end. It's not going to be pretty at Mode, and will Betty even be back? She quit MYW, but doesn't Amanda have her old job at Mode? With Daniel gone, who is going to take Betty back? All this heartbreak, and I'm worried about Betty's paycheck. Just goes to show you where my sympathies lie.

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Ugly Betty is on iTunes

by Adam Finley, posted Jan 6th 2007 8:03PM

america ferreraHere'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.

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MyNetwork may drop the telenovela thing

by Anna Johns, posted Dec 18th 2006 8:32AM
morgan fairchild; bo derek; fashion houseAccording to The Hollywood Reporter, MyNetwork is considering scrapping its current all-telenovela programming. The network is a Fox creation to keep WB/UPN affiliates alive after the networks merged to create The CW. MyNetwork debuted in September and it airs thirteen hours of dramas, five days a week, with recaps on Saturdays. The first two telenovelas on MyNetwork are Fashion House, starring the very plastic Bo Derek and the equally plastic Morgan Fairchild, and Desire, which each averaged a measly .7 rating in their first thirteen weeks on the air. New drama Wicked Wicked Games, starring Tatum O'Neal, and others have rated poorer than that since they debuted earlier this month.

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.

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Rebecca Romijn joins cast of Ugly Betty

by Julia Ward, posted Dec 7th 2006 1:25PM
Rebecca RomijnIt's official and, perhaps, a bit ironic. The show with the hottest cast on television is Ugly Betty. Gentlemen, there will be no need to despair when Salma Hayek's character arc has come and gone. Rebecca Romijn will be holding the va-va-va-voom quotient steady at the Mode offices.

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.

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Hayek developing another telenovela for American audience

by Adam Finley, posted Dec 6th 2006 8:32PM

salma hayekSalma 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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