Ugly Betty

Couple who clicked after chance meeting on the web

Hilda Fung and Ivan Ho were only a click away when they first got connected - even though Hilda was living in Sydney, Australia, and Ivan was in Hong Kong.

Saturday, 3 March, 2012, 12:00am

Channel hop

Mad Men and Boardwalk Empire proved that 20th-century period dramas can help today's studio executives fuel their Ferraris while harking back to an almost-forgotten time when America was great. And so, among the newest television offerings from the United States that will soon show up in Hong Kong are copycats such as Pan Am.

27 Nov 2011 - 12:00am

What changed and why

This very simple new version of Annie's story is still about the potential dangers of slimming.

In the original story we are surprised when we discover that Betty and Cherry have taken slimming medication, and that they did this because they wanted to take part in a modelling competition.

27 Apr 2010 - 12:00am

Ugly Betty (DVD)

Television comedy Ugly Betty started out as a hilariously entertaining, charismatic and highly addictive show. But the story of a Plain Jane striving to succeed in the cruel fashion world takes a serious turn in the third season. Betty Suarez (Emmy and Golden Globe winner America Ferrera) is a caring, smart and sartorially clueless young woman who, ironically, works at a fashion magazine.

1 Jan 2010 - 12:00am

Ugly Betty

A hit TV show

Ugly Betty is an award-winning American comedy-drama television series adapted from a popular Colombian soap opera. It was first broadcast in September 2006.

The show is a hit all over the world, not just in America and Britain. It is being shown on TVB Pearl and Betty has gained lots of new fans in Hong Kong.

24 Nov 2009 - 12:00am

Fashion show gets serious

Television comedy Ugly Betty started out as a hilariously entertaining, charismatic and highly addictive show. But the story of a Plain Jane striving to succeed in the cruel fashion world takes a serious turn in the third season.

8 Nov 2009 - 12:00am

Channel hop

St Valentine's Day can be traced back to fifth century Rome and the pagan festival of Lupercalia, in which young men were reported to have whipped women with strips of animal hide (believed to increase fertility). You may find that preferable to the schmaltz-fest that is this week's TV offerings.

8 Feb 2009 - 12:00am

Things we're looking forward to in 2009

Presidential inauguration: On January 20 (January 21 Hong Kong time) it finally happens. We'll be watching US president-elect Barack Obama being sworn in as the 44th president. Inheriting the Gaza situation, Iraq's clean-up, a global financial crisis, soaring unemployment, trillions of dollars of debt and unhealthy carbon emission levels, we wish him all the best.

4 Jan 2009 - 12:00am

channel hop

Spring has arrived and so has pret-a-porter television - air-brushed and ready to view. Those of us who stayed up late all last week to catch the starkly intense first season of The Wire (showing again on HBO Signature; April 25 to 30, at 8pm) may appreciate some well-scripted but less demanding fare for a change.

13 Apr 2008 - 12:00am

Hollywood West

A serious crisis has befallen the US, and it has nothing to do with Iraq, the economy or global warming.

As of now, there's no TV.

24 Nov 2007 - 12:00am

Pearl looking to British hits to overcome US screenwriters' strike

Besides the big 40th anniversary show on the Jade channel yesterday, TVB also hosted a more restrained dinner last Friday at the Citic Tower's East Ocean Seafood Restaurant in Admiralty to celebrate its birthday.

20 Nov 2007 - 12:00am

Hollywood West

It's finally happened. The television season in the US has just about wound down, meaning that the schedules have overflowed with season finales - the two words that strike melancholy in the hearts of TV lovers.

26 May 2007 - 12:00am

Back to frump

FOR A SHOW that's based on a melodramatic Colombian soap opera and revolves around an unattractive girl working in the superficial environs of a New York fashion magazine, Ugly Betty has a lot of fans - men and women, across every demographic.

25 Mar 2007 - 12:00am

channel hop

What goes around, as they say, comes around. And that is the simple premise of Star World's superb new comedy series My Name is Earl (Thursdays at 8.30pm).

11 Mar 2007 - 12:00am

Horoscope

Planets in the unpredictable sign of Aquarius can bring lots of surprises. New enterprises that have not been thought out are likely to be short-lived. Mars in Scorpio brings passion, and control issues could surface between partners.

7 Feb 1999 - 12:00am

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