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Would You Say I Have A Plethora Of New TV Shows?

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Jefe : A what?

El Guapo : A *plethora*.

Jefe : Oh yes, You have a plethora.

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Tony Plana of Three Amigos “Jefe” fame will be gracing the small screen this evening as the father of the lovely America Ferrera in “Ugly Betty.”

ABC’s new addition to the oh-so-coveted Thursday, 8:00pm time slot is an American re-telling of the insanely popular Colombian telenovela, “Betty La Fea.”

“Ugly Betty” was born of a Salma Hayek/Touchstone Pictures joint venture acquisition of the licensing rights a few years back, and this timeless, Devil Wears Prada-esque story of a fugly, smart chick who chases her dreams in spite of, or (look out!) because of, her struggles, has been hailed an international phenomenon.

The original Colombian show was dubbed and broadcast all over the world, with re-imagined, local-context versions produced in many territories, proving once and for all that the portrayal of awkward and homely girls can be just effective in gender stereotyping as a half naked Pamela Anderson. And just think of the money! Whoo hoo!

Here’s hoping “Ugly Betty” is a clever comedy with heart, and not a racist, sexist, corporate pandering.

And now, we interrupt this blog for a POP QUIZ! Here’s a chance for you to match up the names of the shows to their places of origin. C’mon smartie pants... You can do it.

La fea más bella
Esti Ha'mechoeret
Jassi Jaisi Koi Nahi
Lisa csak egy van
Le destin de Lisa
Ne Rodis' Krasivoy
Glikia mou Asximi
Yo soy Bea
Verliebt in Berlin


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