Breaking: ABC benches 'Ugly Betty'

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Things are looking pretty gloomy for Ugly Betty.

In a just-announced Thursday night scheduling tweak, ABC is benching Betty beginning March 26 and replacing it with episodes of Samantha Who? and the new Megan Mullally-Cheryl Hines comedy In the Motherhood. The network’s release concludes by saying, "Ugly Betty will return to Thursday nights at 8:00 p.m. following the run of In the Motherhood and Samantha Who?"

After crunching the numbers, that puts Betty‘s return (provided Sam Who/Motherhood don’t tank) sometime around (gulp) June — a.k.a. outside the regular season. Now, granted, Betty hasn’t exactly been killing it in the ratings this season, but it’s still one of ABC’s signature shows. At least I thought it was.

"The Thursday night block is a good opportunity to launch these comedies," counters an ABC spokesperson. "That said, Betty is a solid performer and there is no question that it will definitely be back to complete its season, just without repeats."

But when will it be back? The net’s not saying, and that’s the part that has me worried. Do you share my concern? Or is there a silver lining here that I’m just not seeing? Comment away. 

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  • jessica

    wow this season has been getting progressively better. Doesn’t ABC have other days it can air programing on. Or is everybody that afraid of American Idol

  • Kim

    What’s wrong with ABC these days? They had this fantastic roster of shows and now they’re killing them off, one by one. Pushing Daisies, Eli Stone, and now Ugly Betty? Granted, it hasn’t been canceled yet but it’s not looking good. Will someone please hurry up & find a new way to rate shows so these awesome character-driven stories can continue?!

    • Carlise Ballinger

      If abc would leave her along there would’nt be all these questions!
      QUIT MOVING HER.SHOULD NEVER HAVE MOVED HER FROM THURSDAYS ANY WAY.Dont you dare take her off.
      On another note why did you take Eli Stone off?I know it had a good following.
      Back to Ugly Betty I don’t want to have to look for her again, is she on Wednesdays or Thursdays, is she on abc or NBC? ridiculous.

    • Joy

      I totally agree! Ugly Betty had become my favorite show and some joker decides it’s not popular? I guess I’ll be reading alot more! How can anyone learn to like it when they keeo moving it. I had to record on DVR so I could make sure not to miss it.

  • mb

    I wondered when this would occur. I never understood the appeal of this ridiculous show, especially when ABC is busy cancelling creative shows like Eli Stone, Dirty Sexy Money and Pushing Daisies.
    But of course, I’m sure this show will be back with Salma Hayek (and her representatives) pulling all of her influence with the network.
    Still, what a terrible show. I hope they remove Private Practice along with it as well.

    • paul coniglio

      Ugly Betty is the funniest most feel good show ever on TV, i love watching it here in Australia, it really is so very very clever and funny, thanks for the fun times!

      • Jung

        I agree, I have been watching Ugly betty for such a long time and love to follow them. One of the few shows i actually anticipate to watch every week. I have no idea what is wrong with ABC, everybody love this show, why the hell are they trying to cut it? the best show they ever had. and mb, take ur excrement somewhere else because it is not wanted by anyone. THIS SHOW MUST GO ON.

  • rockgolf

    Why not pull a Boston Legal and move the remaining episodes to next fall?

  • Omar

    Ehhh. I’m surprised but not really affected. It’s a tired show, with crappy writing.

  • Bea

    Nope. Not a fan of this show even though I LOVE America. I’m a fan of the Betty soap opera series from all over the world, but I just didn’t like that the creators made the US version of Betty Mexican-American. Was it to make more jokes? When I saw the first scene with Betty wearing the Guadalajara poncho I gave up. I loved the original Betty from Colombia, and the remake from Mexico. Much better IMHO.

    • Jung

      Go screw urself, this show is better than other stupid shows like monotnous shitty hospital shows with sex every corner with no other moral, plot, or them at all. Junk Junk Junk. This show actually is insightful and very appealing

  • Screw abc

    it seems like abc is trying to piss off ALL of its viewers
    it started with eli stone pushing daisies and dirty sexy money. (thankfully i didnt care about any one of them) but now ugly betty? screw abc! seriously wat the hell
    the next thing i know they’ll cancel greys and private practice (the only other two shows i watch on abc)
    why not jus cancel everything and have everyday with the highschool musical reality show they had and dancing with the stars
    seriously SCREW ABC

    • Joy

      I second that! Screw ABC!

  • J

    No, it’s a niche. Always was. Writing on the wall for months. People please don’t post all surprised, especially when this happens to Heroes sooner than anyone expects and nobody will understand why such well-publicized programs have suddenly disappeared. Hint: they weren’t that great to begin with, and the party’s over.

  • David4

    Dirty Sexy Money, Pushing Daisies, Boston Legal, and Ugly Betty all could be canceled in one season. Then Lost ends next year, and a few other shows they have aren’t doing as great as they used to. So what will the network have left?

  • J

    PS Let’s not put Betty in the same conversation as Daisies. It’s just too depressing, and wrong.

  • bostonbean

    This was a fun and creative show in the beginning but I stopped watching some time last year. So this gets a solid mehh from me.

  • ccross

    Is it just me, or does it seem like studios are using the excuse of the strike to mess about with wacky scheduling experiments?
    C’mon, EW–where’s the full-fledged TV Watch for Betty? (Seriously, even my husband enjoys this show).
    *wields burning torch and pitchfork in menacing fasion*

  • Kate

    Ugly Betty hasn’t been keeping my attention recently, and then I am annoyed with the whole family angle of the storyline right now. Honestly, I find myself flipping and waiting for the return of Survivor.

  • B-

    Betty should start advancing it’s storyline to match the arc of the original telenovela. In the original Betty got her confident and started adapting to her environment and goes from an ugly duckling to a swan.

  • Heather

    I quit watching about 5 episodes into this season. There was just something so unfunny about it. But I still come back for Grey’s. But Marc and Amanda are two of my favorite characters on TV. So… they need to fix something.

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