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ABC's Hit Series "Ugly Betty" Joins Itunes
Also: the show's second set of original telenovelitas are available on ABC.com.

[via press release from ABC]


Second Set of Original Telenovelitas from �Ugly Betty� Available Online at ABC.com

As Part of �Be Ugly �07� Campaign, ABC Unveils Custom Shirt and �EmpowerRing,� with Proceeds Going to Girls Inc.

Original Jason Mraz Song Composed for �Be Ugly �07� Available at iTunes Store

Dedicated to expanding its network and channel brands across multiple platforms and connecting viewers with their favorite shows anytime and anywhere, Disney-ABC Television Group announced today that ABC�s Golden Globe-nominated hit series, �Ugly Betty,� will be available on the iTunes Store beginning Friday, January 5. All episodes from the beginning of the season will be available for purchase for $1.99 per episode, with new episodes available on iTunes the day after they�re broadcast on ABC.

Also this week, �Muchas Muchachas� (�Many Girls�), the second telenovelita from the breakout hit �Ugly Betty,� will be posted in its entirety on ABC.com. 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 �Muchas Muchachas� beginning on Thursday, January 4 on ABC.com, with new webisodes every Thursday. �Muchas Muchachas� is the second telenovelita in a series of two (twelve webisodes total) that will be translated into English and rolling out on ABC.com. Starring well-known Hispanic telenovela actors (Paty Manterola, Africa Zavala, Sherlyn, Arturo Carmona, Marco Mendez and Rodrigo Nehme), �Muchas Muchachas� follows the journey of klutzy waitress Lourdes as she starts her new job at the sexy burlesque venue, Club Sparkle. Meanwhile, the two star dancers of the club resort to catfights and stealing each other's boyfriends to compete for top billing. Will Lourdes become Club Sparkle�s dancing queen? Log on to ABC.com and find out!

Additionally, as part of the pro-social �Be Ugly �07� campaign that asks America to resolve to be real, be smart, be passionate, be true to yourself and be ugly, just like �Ugly Betty� in 2007, ABC is unveiling a custom T-shirt and �EmpowerRing� at an event in New York on Monday, January 8.

A special appearance will be made by February�s CosmoGIRL! cover girl and star of �Ugly Betty,� America Ferrara, who will unveil the T-shirt and �EmpowerRing,� with ABC proceeds going to the nonprofit organization Girls Inc., which inspires all girls to be smart, strong and bold. Both items will be available for purchase beginning January 8 at www.BeUgly07.com.

Platinum Atlantic Records singer/songwriter Jason Mraz has composed the original song �The Beauty in Ugly,� for �Be Ugly �07.� The entire song can be downloaded beginning Tuesday, January 9 at the iTunes Store, and a portion of the proceeds from �The Beauty in Ugly� will also go to Girls Inc.


�Ugly Betty� (Thursdays, 8:00-9:00 p.m. ET) 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, Rebecca Romijn as the Masked Woman 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 Hayman (�Joan of Arcadia�) and Marco Pennette.

�Ugly Betty,� which is produced by Touchstone Television, joins a vast array of entertainment and news programming from the Disney-ABC Television Group available for purchase on the iTunes Music Store, including ABC�s �Grey�s Anatomy,� �Lost� and �Desperate Housewives�; Disney Channel�s �That�s So Raven,� �The Suite Life of Zack and Cody� and �Hannah Montana�; Playhouse Disney�s �Little Einsteins�; Jetix�s �Super Robot Monkey Team Hyperforce Go!,� �Power Rangers: Mystic Force� and �Mighty Morphin Power Rangers�; ABC Family�s �Kyle XY� and �Wildfire�; SOAPnet�s �Soapography� and �I Wanna Be a Soap Star�; and originally-produced videos, including exclusive interviews and raw footage from ABC News.

Disney-ABC Television Group is home to all of The Walt Disney Company�s worldwide entertainment and news television properties. The Group includes the ABC Television Network, Disney Channel�s worldwide portfolio of kids� channels, ABC Family and SOAPnet; as well as television production and syndication divisions Touchstone Television, Walt Disney Television Animation, Buena Vista Worldwide Television and Walt Disney Television International. Disney-ABC Television Group also manages the Radio Disney Network in addition to the Company�s equity interest in Lifetime Entertainment Services and A&E Television Networks.

  [january 2007]  


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