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[11/27/06 - 12:21 PM]
ABC.com Extends the Critically Acclaimed ABC Series "Ugly Betty" Online with "Vidas De Fuego," an Original Mini-Telenovela (Telenovelita)
A brief clip from the telenovelita is used every week in "Ugly Betty," but viewers will be able to watch the first of six chapters of the complete two to four-minute "Vidas de Fuego" beginning on Monday, Nov. 27 on ABC.com.

[via press release from ABC]

ABC.COM EXTENDS THE CRITICALLY ACCLAIMED ABC SERIES "UGLY BETTY" ONLINE WITH "VIDAS DE FUEGO," AN ORIGINAL MINI-TELENOVELA (TELENOVELITA)

Verizon Wireless V CAST Service Will Also Offer the Telenovelita

"Vidas de Fuego" ("Lives of Fire") the mini-telenovela (telenovelita) from the breakout hit "Ugly Betty," will be posted in its entirety on ABC.com and offered on Verizon Wireless V CAST Service. A brief clip from the telenovelita is used every week in "Ugly Betty," but viewers will be able to watch the first of six chapters of the complete two to four-minute "Vidas de Fuego" beginning on Monday, Nov. 27 on ABC.com and Thursday, Nov. 30 on the ABC Channel, Showcase Channel and Latino Channel on Verizon Wireless' V CAST. Subsequently a new webisode of "Vidas de Fuego" will be available every Thursday on ABC.com and debut on Verizon Wireless V CAST the following Thursday. "Vidas de Fuego" is the first telenovelita in a series of two (twelve webisodes total) that will be translated into English and rolling out on ABC.com.

"'Vidas de Fuego' is a perfect example of how we're utilizing unique content across digital platforms," said Bruce Gersh, senior vice president, Business Development, ABC Entertainment. "Extending this original mini-telenovela online and on mobile offers our loyal fans another way to connect and interact with their favorite ABC program."

Starring well-known Hispanic telenovela actors, the dramatic and romantically intriguing "Vidas de Fuego" is set on the wealthy cattle ranch of the Rivera Family whose gorgeous maid is pregnant by her secret lover, a local priest, while the privileged Sofia Rivera seduces her stepson, Galo, to gain control of the family's empire. Who will ultimately win control of the Galo fortune?

Starring in "Vidas de Fuego" are Marlene Favela ("Contra viento y marea"), Sebastian Rulli (Contra viento y marea), Ninel Conde (Rebelde), Helena Rojo (Peregrina) and Eduardo Rodriguez (Peregrina).

ABOUT UGLY BETTY

If you took a moment to get to know Betty Suarez, you'd see how sweet, intelligent and hard-working she is. But few people do, because in the world of high fashion, Betty is the oversized peg in the petite round hole.

"Ugly Betty" stars America Ferrera as Betty Suarez, Eric Mabius as Daniel Meade, Alan Dale as Bradford Meade, Tony Plana as Ignacio, Ana Ortiz as Hilda, Ashley Jensen as Christina, Becki Newton as Amanda, Mark Indelicato as Justin and Vanessa Williams as Wilhelmina Slater. Recurring guest stars are Michael Urie as Marc and Kevin Sussman as Walter.

Based on "Yo Soy Betty La Fea," the groundbreaking Colombian telenovela that became an international phenomenon, "Ugly Betty" is from Touchstone Television. Academy Award nominee and Emmy Award winner Salma Hayek is executive producer, along with Silvio Horta ("Urban Legends"),

Ben Silverman, ("The Office"), Jose Tamez ("The Maldonado Miracle"), James Parriott ("Grey's Anatomy") and James Hayman ("Joan of Arcadia").





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· GREY'S ANATOMY (ABC)
· JOAN OF ARCADIA (CBS)
· MALDONADO MIRACLE, THE (SHOWTIME)
· OFFICE, THE (NBC)
· UGLY BETTY (ABC)





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