ABC delays “Ugly Betty” season premiere by a week


Rather than this Friday, October 9th, the two-hour season premiere extravaganza of “Ugly Betty” has been rescheduled to the following Friday, October 16th, on ABC. Meanwhile, some of the Alphabet Net’s newbies will get some extra airtime this week.

With the return of the hit series put off a week, this Friday (10/9) ABC will air “Flash Forward” 8-9 pm ET. The new drama series normally airs on Thursday. That will be followed by “Modern Family” (9:00-9:30 pm ET) and “The Middle” (9:30-10:00 pm), giving extra exposure to the new comedies which normally air on Wednesday.

As for Betty, “The Butterfly Effect” is the title of the season debut double episode. In the first hour (8-9 pm ET), Betty finds that everything is changing as she begins her new job as associate features editor, especially since her boss is her ex-boyfriend, Matt Hartley, who is still unhappy about their breakup. In addition, Betty’s new officemate, Megan (Smith Cho), openly resents her, while Marc is constantly undermining her because he felt he was more deserving of the promotion.

Along with Smith Cho, by the way, special guest stars include Kristen Johnston, Lynn Redgrave, Judy Gold and Yaya DaCosta.

In hour two (9-10 pm ET), Betty gets to run her own Mode photo shoot at the United Nations to promote their anti-malaria initiative, “Nothing but Nets,” but her big opportunity becomes a baptism by fire when Daniel’s neediness takes its toll, and Matt openly demoralizes her.

“Ugly Betty” stars America Ferrera as Betty Suarez, Eric Mabius as Daniel Meade, Tony Plana as Ignacio, Ana Ortiz as Hilda, Judith Light as Claire Meade, Becki Newton as Amanda, Michael Urie as Marc, Mark Indelicato as Justin, Daniel Eric Gold as Matt Hartley and Vanessa Williams as Wilhelmina Slater.

“Ugly Betty’s” executive producers are Silvio Horta (“Urban Legend”), Academy Award-nominee and Emmy Award winner Salma Hayek, Jose Tamez, Richard Heus, Victor Nelli Jr., Jon Kinnally, Tracy Poust, Henry Alonso Myers and Sheila Lawrence. Co-executive producers are Chris Black, Gail Lerner and Abraham Higgenbotham.