Thursday, May 08, 2008

Ugly Betty Gains Street Cred

Photo credit: smh.com
Hasa la vista, baby. "Ugly Betty" is saying goodbye to The Governator and the rest of Lala Land, making the move to New York City according to published reports.

This is good news for viewers. Sure, the world Betty lives in is supposed to be New York, but did you ever really believe it? The whole problem with Betty, and I get that it's supposed to be over-the-top and slightly cartoonish, is that it lacks street cred. The ficticious Mode offices look more like an Ikea store office model than the epicenter of the New York fashion world. Ditto for the characters' ensems. Again, I don't buy that because they're going for a color-saturated, over-the-top comedic feel with the set and costume design that it should feel any less metropolitan. Anyone remember the "Dick Tracey" movie or even "Roger Rabbit"? Betty's set designers would be well served if they did.

Maybe now we'll get some authentic "Sex and the City" like exterior scenes. Wouldn't it be cool if "Ugly Betty" transformed itself from African street vendor knockoff to the genuine article? I know, not very likely, but a tellyphile can dream.



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