Wednesday, January 6, 2010


Yeah, okay. I admit that I like this show. I particularly enjoy watching it with my wife. The characters are fun and funny, the soap opera plotting is embarrassingly compelling, and Vanessa Williams - sly and sexy - is just a pleasure to watch.

If you haven’t seen it, UGLY BETTY is based on a popular Mexican soap opera, and chronicles the ups and downs of a plucky young Latina from Queens named Betty Suarez (America Ferrera), as she tries to make a career for herself in the cutthroat New York publishing business. She works as an assistant at a high end fashion magazine called Mode, where back-stabbing and corporate power struggles are the status quo and her decidedly non-model appearance makes her the target of her colleagues.

In this third season, Betty has shed her previous year’s pair of suitors and moves out of her family’s home into her own Manhattan apartment. But all is not well, as her fortunes - and those of her co-workers and family – rise and fall with astounding rapidity, thanks to a series of unexpected romances, surprise betrayals, and medical emergencies.

As with previous seasons, the pace is brisk, the humor broad, and the production design colorful. Additionally, this season the production actually moved to New York City, which meant they no longer had to fake it in L.A. with greenscreens and CGI, and could take better advantage of Manhattan’s locations and landmarks.

UGLY BETTY: THE COMPLETE THIRD SEASON comes to DVD with 24 episodes on six discs. The aspect ratio is 1.78:1 anamorphic widescreen, and the audio is Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround. Bonus features include two Behind The Scenes featurettes, deleted scenes, a blooper reel, two short "webisodes," and commentary on select episodes.

BUY: Ugly Betty: Season 3