February 14th, 2009
Here is the full recap of Ugly Betty, episode 3.14, The Courtship of Betty’s father. Some quick thoughts:
The funniest part of the episode was Wilhelmina and the bird – this was GREAT writing and acting! Marc was also great, guiding Wilhelmina into being a real human being with real emotions.
The Daniel/Molly storyline didn’t work quite as well, but I think they are setting something up for later.
The Papi/Elena romance surprisingly introduced more drama than comedy. I did like the scene with Hilda and Betty separately confronting them in their own styles.
This was a great episode for Judith Light. She got to be funny, and sad. The scene at the end was sweet.
All in all, I liked this episode a little better than 3.13 – I think the show is moving in the right direction.
Full recap after the jump!
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February 13th, 2009
There is a great discussion going on in the comments of this post at TV By The Numbersabout Ugly Betty’s showing against Survivor. As usual, the numbers last night weren’t bad, but weren’t stellar either.
The conversation has been about whether or not Ugly Betty should be moved to another night. I have to tell you, the thought intrigues me a little.
Betty does well in the “demos”, and even better in the young women demographic (it actually beats Survivor). But, it’s barely enough to keep the show “safe” in the Renew or Cancel index. Someone suggested that Betty would do well moving to Tuesday night at 9, following the Dancing With The Stars results show.
I think this is an excellent idea. Without young women, Ugly Betty would have already been canceled. If it were to follow DWTS, that would only enhance the show’s strength. I would guess that if the producers of Ugly Betty can get their act straight, the show could easily gain 1-2 million viewers carrying over from DWTS (not to mention the promotion during one of ABC’s biggest shows).
I’ve given up on the idea that Ugly Betty is ever going to draw decent numbers of men. They used to give us males ample eye candy (especially Daniel’s “conquests”) and a few story lines that appealed to male sensibilities, but sometime in season 2 the producers knew where their bread was buttered, and turned all their attention to pleasing the ladies. (It really doesn’t bother being a “gay” show anymore, either).
If this is the case, I think following DWTS would be a real jolt for the show’s ratings. What do you think? Would a move to Tuesday night be a good thing?