The writers strike is over, but so are the professional relationships of two executive producers with the ABC comedy series, Ugly Betty
As per the Hollywood Reporter
, executive producers Marco Pennette and James Hyman were fired from the Emmy Award-winning series on Monday, the same day the show was renewed for a third season.
This is not the first time Ugly Betty
has gone through significant behind-the scenes shakeups. Between the show's debut and sophomore runs, five writers were shown the door.
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On the other hand, creator Silvio Horta, Salma Hayek and Jose Tamez will continue to serve as the show's executive producers.
ABC Studios, which produces Ugly Betty
, has yet to confirm the departures of Pennette and Hayman, both of whom served the show in other capacities as well. Pennette wrote several episodes, including the first season finale “East Side Story,” while Hayman directed such episodes as “How Betty Got Her Grieve Back” and “A Nice Day for a Posh Wedding.”
On the bright side, TV Guide
's Mike Ausiello is reporting that fans can expect to view four to seven additional episodes of Ugly Betty
this season. The network, however, has not announced when the new episodes will air, although initial reports claim that the installments could hit the screens as early as April.
The last pre-strike episode of Ugly Betty, which featured rock legend Gene Simmons
(Gene Simmons Family Jewels
) as a guest star, aired on Thursday, January 24.
Meanwhile, Ugly Betty
star and Emmy winner America Ferrera
is busy with activities concerning the upcoming elections. Not only has she been out and about declaring her support for presidential candidate Hillary Clinton, she is also poised to celebrity-edit a book that encourages the youth to get involved in the political process.
Ferrera will write the introduction for Declare Yourself: Speak. Connect. Vote. 50 Celebrated Americans Tell You Why
, as well as make appearances for the book.
-Lisa Claustro, BuddyTV Staff Columnist
Source: Hollywood Reporter, TV Guide, The Book Standard
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