|Pop Culture Gadabout|
Tuesday, January 02, 2007 |
( 1/02/2007 03:14:00 PM ) Bill S.
A MARATHON OF MARATHONS – Because both the wife and I spent much of our Sunday and New Year's Day nursing and keeping our eyes on a dying ferret (adios, Eeyore!), we spent a lotta time, flipping through the cable teevee program menu. As a result, we wound up discovering two separate Ugly Betty marathons being held over the long weekend: the first, which contained parental advisories before each ep, aired on ABC Family; the second showed on the Soap Channel. We re-watched the Xmas Party episode on Family (Betty, Betty, Betty – can't you see that you and Jake 2.0 are meant to be together?!!!), and, where I once would've agreed with Ken Levine's estimation that the show was a half-hour sitcom stretched into an hour soapcom, I've since grown hooked on the whole big sloppy package. Six weeks of guest-starring producer Salma Hayek definitely didn't hurt, but I'm even more partial to "ugly" lead America Ferrara, who I first remember seeing in the 2002 indy flick, Real Women Have Curves. Ferrara holds the screen even when on-camera with glamorpuss scene-swipers like Gina Gershon – thanx to her, this heartfelt blend of class-steeped comedy and over-the-top soap operatics deserves every ounce of push that ABC's giving it . . .