Move to Friday Spells Doom for 'Ugly Betty'?
Move to Friday Spells Doom for 'Ugly Betty'?
Glenn Diaz
Glenn Diaz
Staff Writer, BuddyTV
The decision of ABC to move its Thursday comedy Ugly Betty to Friday has some critics speculating that the America Ferrera-led series will bite the dust soon, as a move to Friday supposedly marks a show's last stop prior to cancellation.  ABC Entertainment President Steve McPherson, however, quickly denied such rumors and said he was very confident on Ugly Betty.

"I love the show. I'd love to see it have a great run on Friday night, the way Ghost Whisperer has," he said, adding that the comedy will hold on to Supernanny's lead-in.

Ugly Betty's third season finale registered a 28 percent drop from last season's finale, reeling in 6.2 million viewers.  On "Curveball" and "The Fall Issue," Betty (Ferrera) and Marc (Michael Urie) found themselves at odds when a Mode editor suddenly died. Moreover, Wilhelmina (Vanessa Williams) demanded that Claire (Judith Light) tender her resignation at a big awards ceremony lest she reveal her dark secrets to Cal Hartley (David Rasche).  Elsewhere, Matt (Daniel Eric Gold) let his jealousy over Henry get the best of him, while Justin nervously waited to see if he got into performing arts school.

The series had been renewed for a fourth season.

As for Henry's return to give Matt some well-needed competition on the finale, Christopher Gorham says Henry-Betty fans (yet to coin a Brangelina-like terminology) should not put their hopes up because the deal, so far at least, is for the adorably geeky accountant to return for just one episode.

"Well I'm only coming back for one episode.  One is all that I know about.  I certainly could go back and do more, but for now it's just that," he said, but adding that he feels his character had been mistakenly written off.

- Glenn Diaz, BuddyTV Staff columnist
Source: Los Angeles Times, TV Guide
(Image courtesy of ABC)