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Tuesday, February 19th, 2008

Vanessa Williams shows off her Image Award

Congratulations to America Ferrera and Vanessa Williams who both won in their categories at the 39th Annual NAACP Image Awards, outstanding actress and supporting actress in a comedy series. Silvio Horta also picked up an award for outstanding writing in a comedy series. In young star news Marc Indelicato has received a nomination for a Young Artist Award for his work on Ugly Betty.

Their is some bad news though for some executive producers over at Ugly Betty. Reportedly Marco Pennette and James Haymen have been relieved from their duties. The third season executive producers will be Salma Hayek and Jose Tamez -both returning- and head writer and creator Silvio Horta. Oddly enough Pennette co-wrote the episode with Horta that won a NAACP Image Award, “A Nice Day for a Posh Wedding.” So it seems odd that both of them are leaving since they have had such a huge impact on storylines. It also looks like we will be getting an extended Season 3 of at least 27 episodes!

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Ugly Betty is GLAAD

Wednesday, January 23rd, 2008

Ana Ortiz at the 18th Annual GLAAD Media Awards

Congratulations to Ugly Betty on being nominated for outstanding comedy series for the 19th Annual GLAAD Media Awards. Fellow ABC programs Brothers & Sisters and Desperate Housewives were also nominated. In fact ABC lead broadcast and cable networks with 9 nominations, Logo was the second most honored channel with 5 nominations.

Spanish language channel Univision raked up 10 nominations with Aztec América tying with ABC for 9. Betty’s competion for the catergory includes The Sarah Silverman Program on Comedy Central (which makes sense) and The War at Home on FOX (which is awful).

Post Rewind: Betty won outstanding comedy at the 18th Annual GLAAD Media Awards

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The NAACP Image Awards Can’t Be Stopped!

Friday, January 18th, 2008

Richard T. Jones and Kevin Frazier announce the 39th Annual NAACP Image Awards nominations

nominations for 39th Annual NAACP Image Awards

 The Golden Globes was a wilted down version of their normal alcohol party with crazy dresses and lots of bling. After failing to reach a compromise with the Writers Guild of America the Golden Globes were a boring press conference that few bothered to watch. Even though America Ferrera was nominated in Ugly Betty’s sole recognition (Yes I am holding a grudge) for best actress she lost to Tina Fey of 30 Rock.

Luckily for us Ugly Betty fans other awards shows were wiser The NAACP Image Awards and The Film Independent’s Spirit Awards have both received waivers and will go forward as planned.


Vanessa And America Make SAG Honorees

Thursday, December 20th, 2007

America Ferrera reeives SAG nomination

The nominees for the 14th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards have been announced. Ugly Betty, The Sopranos and 30 Rock received the most nominations with 3 apiece. Both America Ferrera and Vanessa Williams received nominations for best actress in a comedy series.

The show was also nominated for best ensemble cast in a comedy giving both America and Vanessa 2 possible options of winning. ABC and HBO tied for the most nominations with 11 each. The SAG awards are the only awards completely voted on by other actors. This year the SAG awards will also honor ensembles for stunts in TV and film.

The winners will be announced live on January 27 at 8 pm ET/PT on both TNT and TBS.

Need to know more?: If you missed the nominations being read watch as Jeanne Tripplehorn and Terrence Howard make the announcements. The complete list of nominees can be read at the SAG Online.

Related link from the archives of Watching Ugly Betty: Read my very first blog post here! Celebrating America Ferrera winning a SAG Award for Season 1 of Ugly Betty. Oh how time flies.

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The Best of 2007

Wednesday, December 19th, 2007


The American Film Institute picked Ugly Betty as one of its 10 Best TV Programs of 2007. The exclusive list contained mostly cable programming but another ABC comedy managed to squeeze onto the list, Pushing Daisies. The show was created by Bryan Fuller the creative genius behind Dead Like Me. Now is the perfect time to catch up on the show if you haven’t been tuning in.

Grey’s Anatomy star Katherine Heigel, might be surprised that her movie Knocked Up made the list for 10 Best Films of 2007. Since in her recent Vanity Fair interview she stated that the movie was sexist. The American Film Institute is a nonprofit organization that works to preserve the legacy and unique culture of American film.

AFI will hold a luncheon to honor Ugly Betty and the rest of the best on January 11, 2008. Scholarships have also been established in the names of all 20 honorees to the AFI Conservatory.

For more information on Katherine Hiegel visit Grey’s Anatomy. You can see the complete honorees at the American Film Institute site.

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America Gets Golden Globe Nod

Thursday, December 13th, 2007

America Ferrera

Congratulations to America Ferrera for being the sole representative of Ugly Betty for the 2008 Golden Globe nominees. Somehow the show didn’t receive a nomination for best comedy series and their was a surprising lack of love for Vanessa Williams. In Season 2 she’s been even more evil and calculating than Season 1. How could this go unrecognized?  Theirs no way she didn’t give one of the best performances of the year as Wilhelmina Slater.

Luckily the Satellite Awards recognized her performance and nominated her in best supporting actress in a comedy. The Satellite Awards also nominated Ugly Betty for best comedy and America Ferrera as best comedy actress. Other programming that received nods from the Satellite Awards and the Golden Globes includes Showtime series and Queen Latifah’s well buzzed role in HBO’s Life Support

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Emmy Win & News Roundup

Friday, September 21st, 2007

America Ferrrera wins Emmy!

Best Award. Congratulations to America Ferrera for winning an Emmy as leading actress in Ugly Betty. The win actually represents several victories. America Ferrera at only 23 and in one Season has managed to beat out several high profile actresses. America Ferrera is also the first Latin woman in the history of the Emmy’s to win lead for best comedic performance. Unfortunately Vanessa Williams didn’t win but theirs always next year.

Best Contest. is giving away several copies of Season 1 of Ugly Betty! The contest ends on October 3 so enter now.

Best Quote. “She’s got talent and she’s professional, and those are the things that’ll help her survive in life,” Vanessa Williams in support of High School Musical star Vanessa Hudgens and her current scandal with nude pictures of her circling the Internet. Vanessa Williams faced a similar controversy when nude photos of her surfaced in Penthouse magazine while in her reign as Miss America.

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Betty Wins at Teen Choice Awards

Wednesday, August 29th, 2007

America Ferrera & Ashley Jensen

Nominated for 5 awards Ugly Betty raked up two wins at the Teen Choice Awards. Winning Choice TV breakout role for America Ferrera and Choice TV villain for Vanessa Williams. Is this a sign of what could happen at the Emmy’s? Cast member Mark Indelicato covered the red carpet event for E!


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Introducing - The Spotlight

Monday, August 6th, 2007

Partly inspired by my weekly wrap-up’s I’m now adding on a new weekly feature The Spotlight, highlighting the best Ugly Betty moments from the week before in several different categories. If you stumble upon some great Ugly Betty news and want to share it feel free to let me know. I’ll provide you some link love if I use it.

Best Red Carpet Look: America Ferrera at the 2007 Imagen awards where she won best actress honors for Ugly Betty and the creative achievement award. Ana Ortiz was also honored for best supporting actress and the show received honors for best prime time series.


Best PDA: Actress Ana Ortiz and husband Noah Lebenzon at the premiere of El Cantante.


Best Quote: “She catches a lot of flak in the press in England, and I don’t know why exactly, because she’s a very eloquent, highly functioning, brilliant woman,” Eric Mabius defending Posh to US Weekly Online.

Best Love Life: Rebecca Romijn and Jerry O’Connell for having their honeymoon before their wedding, and then going right back to work.

Best Career Move: Salma Hayek might be pregnant and planning a wedding to a billionaire but that hasn’t slowed her down any! George Lopez is in talks to co write, star in and produce a film from her production company.

Best Guest Star: Posh. No I have no desire to see her on Ugly Betty but obviously from all of the buzz surrounding her cameo appearance it should be great for ratings!

Best Contest: The huge one going on right now at 451press! For the month of August every time you leave a comment on my site (hint, hint!) or any other site on the network you could win! Grand prize is $300, and runner up prizes of $200 or $100 are available. Good Luck!

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Tough Emmy competition ahead for Ugly Betty

Thursday, July 26th, 2007


Will Ugly Betty be victorious?

See I am psychic! All of my Ugly Betty predictions came true. Ugly Betty ended up receiving a total of 11 Emmy nominations. Both America Ferrera and Vanessa Williams received nominations in their respective categories. Salma Hayek and Judith Light were also nominated for their guest starring roles in the series. Besides a nomination for best casting (which Ugly Betty should easily win) they are nominated for outstanding comedy series against some very tough competition, Including NBC’s The Office and HBO’s Entourage.

America Ferrera and Vanessa Williams are in for a battle as well. America is squaring off against Weeds Mary Louise Parker and Julia Louis Dreyfus former Seinfeld alumni and winner of last years Emmy for her role in The New Adventures of Old Christine. Interestingly enough Vanessa is up against Jamie Pressly of NBC’s My Name is Earl who recently expressed her dissatisfaction with Ugly Betty.

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Ugly Betty Emmy Predictions: My Top 8

Wednesday, July 18th, 2007

The 2007 Primetime Emmy’s will be announced tomorrow! Until then read my predictions on which Ugly Betty stars could receive nominations and who probably won’t. After reading feel free to give me your predictions and tell me why I’m wrong.

America Ferrera

  1. America Ferrera as Betty Suarez: Her portrayal of the hardworking Betty Suarez melted millions of hearts around the world. Not only did she represent a unique portrayal on TV but her character sparked debates about the fashion industry, the representation of female beauty on TV, and even inner beauty! Predictions: Best chance of making the ballot since she’s the lead in the show and she’s been raking up wins all year including the Golden Globe and SAG.

Vanessa Williams

  1. Vanessa Williams as Wilhelmina Slater: She’s a Bitch and she revels in it. Her portrayal of the ruthless Wilhelmina Slater is a fan favorite. No one else could take a character who has moments of great evil and also make her both vulnerable and likeable. Predictions: If theirs any justice in the world she will receive a nomination! As far as supporting actresses go she has the best chance of making the ballot.

Predictions for the other 6: I know they all deserve to win but unfortunately they all can’t. None of these will probably make the ballot, though they’ve all given incredible performances. If anything they will end up canceling each other out. The show itself should definitely receive a nomination for best ensemble cast.

Ana Ortiz

  1. Ana Ortiz as Hilda Suarez: Her performance as Hilda Suarez has even received comparison to TV legend Lucille Ball. In almost any one else’s hands Hilda would have been a loud mouthed Queens’ girl but Ana made Hilda both vulnerable smart and loveable.


Teen Choice Awards & Ugly Betty

Monday, July 9th, 2007

Top Villian

Ugly Betty has received 5 nominations for the 2007 Teen Choice Awards! America Ferrera has been nominated for Choice TV: Breakout and Choice TV Actress for Ugly Betty. It’s no surprise that Vanessa Williams has been nominated for choice TV villain for her portrayal of Wilhelmina Slater. The show itself has been nominated for Breakout Show, and Choice TV Comedy. The show will air live on FOX on August 26. If you want to vote for your favorites (and you are under the age of 20) visit FOX to cast a ballot.

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Will Ugly Betty make the Emmy cut?

Monday, July 2nd, 2007

According to TheEnvelope Ugly Betty is in the top 10 list of Emmy finalist for best comedy series. These 10 shows received the most votes when members of the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences were polled. Out of these 10 only 5 shows will make the cut, the choices will be determined by the popular vote and by the Judges scores. Other comedies on the list include Scrubs, Desperate Housewives, and My Name is Earl. To get a better breakdown on how the nomination process works check out this article from Variety.

No information is yet available on the nominations for best actors. The official nominations will be announced on July 19.

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Betty Cast Cleans up at the ALMA’s

Saturday, June 9th, 2007

Ugly Betty cleaned up at another awards show recently. At the 2007 ALMA Awards the show raked up 4 awards. The awards show has been an annual event since 1995 of The National Council of La Raza (NCLR), the largest civil rights and advocacy organization in the US for Latinos.
Ugly Betty actually received 7 total nominations and in 2 categories received double nominations. Both Tony Plana and Mark Indelicato were nominated for supporting actors but the award went to Benito Martinez of FX’s The Shield. In the category of outstanding writing Ugly Betty’s After Hours episode written by Dailyn Rodriguez lost to The Pilot episode written by Silvio Horta.Other winners included America Ferrera for best actress, Ana Ortiz for best supporting actress and the show itself for outstanding TV series. A glowing with pregnancy Salma Hayek was also in attendance.

* Monday marks the return of me posting daily. Stay tuned for lots of quizzes, polls, games and other random Betty moments to keep us entertained for the Summer months.

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Adding to the Trophy Case

Tuesday, April 17th, 2007

Pictured are: Judith Light, Michael Urie, Mark Indelicato, Alan Dale, Ana Ortiz Rebecca Romijn, Becky Newton and Eric Mabius

Ugly Betty continues to dominate in award show after award show and now it’s added a GLAAD Media Award for Outstanding Comedy Series to its bulging trophy case. Two other ABC shows were honored as well, Brothers & Sisters for Outstanding Drama Series and an individual episode of Grey’s Anatomy. Jennifer Aniston was also on hand to receive the Vanguard Award.

The Awards ceremony took place on April 14, and will air on the MTV owned Logo network on April 21. The GLAAD Media awards honor individuals and programs that present fair and accurate portrayals of the gay and lesbian community.

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