There have been rumblings for weeks, but ABC has finally made it official: Lindsay Lohan is joining the cast of Ugly Betty
. She will appear in the season finale on May 22, then be a part of five more episodes in the Fall for Ugly Betty's
third season. Lohan has done some TV work before, both as a guest on That 70's Show
and a multiple-time host on Saturday Night Live
. Her role on Ugly Betty
will be her most high-profile, however, and is coming at a time when Lohan is trying to get her career back on track. Her Ugly Betty
character will be a former rival who has recently fallen on hard times.
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I can't give much insight into this new role and how it will fit into Ugly Betty because I am not a watcher of the series. Lindsay Lohan, despite her recent scandals and inability to wear underwear, is a talented actress. Or, she can
be a talented actress. Her comic prowess is solid, as she proved in Mean Girls and the first time she hosted Saturday Night Live. The worry for Ugly Betty fans, I would imagine, is that this is nothing more than a publicity stunt. The ratings have been way down since its first season, and the writers may be just awkwardly shoe-horning Lohan into the series to garner some needed publicity.
This won't be like the Britney Spears cameo on How I Met Your Mother.
Lohan's role is a significant one, you would think, whose arc will be played out over six episodes. I find it a bit strange that Ugly Betty is introducing a big, new character on the season finale. However, I don't really know the show all that well – maybe it will work out perfectly. This could be a nice start in Lohan's quest to resurrect her career.
-Oscar Dahl, BuddyTV Senior Writer
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