Betty a La Mode


Bigger & Better
27 January, 2008, 3:12 am
Filed under: Site Updates

Well there we go, Season 2 is over [unless the writer's strike gets resolved anytime soon].

I hope you enjoyed it, I certainly did!

Anyway, I have been busy beavering away on the new site, hence the lack of updates here. I am hoping to get it opened by March, but you know how unpredictable these things can be. Thank you so much for all your support, messages & comments over the past few months, to know people are still visiting means a lot.

So, for now, the site’s on hiatus so I can complete the new one. Keep checking back, I’ll pop up updates on how close the site is to completion and perhaps a few sneak peeks if you’re lucky!

Before I go, I am still looking for people willing to lend a helping hand, so please contact me if you would like to be invloved in Betty a la Mode v.2 :)

Speak to you soon,

Richard



A New Start
2 January, 2008, 9:55 pm
Filed under: Site Updates

Hello, Hello! Happy new year and I hope you had a lovely Christmas. Mine was awful, soooo boring! Although I cannot complain, I received the Ugly Betty calendar and a horde of ‘Heroes’ merchandise which was much appreciated.

Anyway, I thought I’d let you in on my plan for the new year. As you may have noticed, things have slowed down around here due to my workload and a bit of laziness. I think the laziness is to to the nature of the site. My long posts which encapsulates a few days news take a surprisingly long time to write which is quite off putting after a few hours of university work. So from now on, I think there will be more, shorter posts rather than long ones.This will mean that the site will be updated more frequently and that there will be more to  check back for each day. Hopefully this will get the site back up to it’s old standard and generate a bit of buzz.

Secondly, I think I will be leaving WordPress. If you’re not sure what WordPress is, it’s a blogging site which allows bloggers to host their sites for free, which is what Betty a La Mode is hosted on. I have a lot to thank WordPress for, as it allowed me to open the site, but it is quite restrictive in what I can post or do to alter the appearance of the site. That is why, starting in the next few weeks, I will begin creating the site in proper HTML / CSS and moving to a proper host. Whilst this means the site will be on hiatus, it does mean that the site will be offering much more when it does come back.

Lastly, 2008 will be a new year of  relationships and networking with fellow fansites. Also, there will hopefully be some more additions to the staff to help me maintain the site. Anyone who would like to help with the upcoming changeover, please contact me through the ‘Contact’ button on the left hand side. From Photoshop to Dreamweaver, or just adding content, any help would be greatly appreciated.

Until then, I will be posting about the upcoming episodes, with the next being shown on January 10th.

Here’s to 2008, and a new chapter for Betty a La Mode.

Richard



Long, Lonely Winter
15 December, 2007, 1:38 pm
Filed under: News, Ugly Betty

I am happy to say that this is coming to you straight from my armchair in my home, as I am back from University for the holidays! This past week has been manic, my leg has almost totally healed but I have had essay upon essay to complete. Then, two assignments, one of which that was due in today and a Mathematics exam this morning. Phew! Anyway…

Sad news, no new Ugly Betty until after Christmas. I know, it’s going to be tough, but at least it leaves us to focus on Christmas shopping! You must remember though, unlike other high profile shows like Heroes or Desperate Housewives, we still have episodes left to view so we can’t be too unhappy. I don’t know about you, but this Writer’s Strike is getting old, FAST. Why not make it a truly Merry Christmas and sort it out guys?

If you, like me, have been quoting  ‘I’m Wilhelmina Slater and I don’t get wet. You’re wearing plastic!’ at EVERY opportunity, feast your eyes on this.  Some lovely soul has uploaded the video onto YouTube so you can watch it over and over and over …

Next time it is raining, it is your duty as an Ugly Betty fan to slip  ‘I’m Wilhelmina Slater and I don’t get wet. You’re wearing plastic!’ into a conversation! No stealing taxis from old ladies though, that’s just mean, hehe.

Thanks to Ugly Betty News, check out this video of Marc in an advert for his upcoming show, ‘Miss America: Reality Check’. It looks great, hopefully some kind sould will upload it onto the internet for us all to see.

Still struggling on what to get as a present for your loved ones? The SeenOn store at ABC offers a wide selection of products which have been featured on the show, from clothes to office furniture! There are some things on there that I really want, [like one of those orange lamps from the Mode offices!] hopefully you’ll find something too!

Dolce & Gabbana Shoes Worn by: Alexis Episode: I.C.U. I See Me  Click >>>

Burberry Belt  Worn by: Justin Episode: I.C.U. I See Me  Click >>>

Arden B. Leggings Worn by: Christina Episode: I.C.U. I See Me  Click >>>

Hugo Boss Dress Shirt Worn by: Marc Episode: I.C.U. I See Me  Click >>>

Salvatore Ferragamo Slip-On Worn by: Daniel Episode: I.C.U. I See Me  Click >>>

Anyway, will be doing another post pretty shortly. Sorry once again that updates have been pretty slow recently, but now I’m back for the holidays, things should go back to normal. Thanks for visiting :)



Pop, Pop, Pop That Thang
6 December, 2007, 6:14 pm
Filed under: News, Spoilers, Ugly Betty

It has been so long! I am such a bad webmaster, but I have a valid reason, my coursework for my University module was in a while ago which accounted for 80% of my final grade, so sadly, Betty was the last thing on my mind. Then, after I posted the ‘I’m Not Dead’ post last week, I went and dislocated my knee, which means I have been limping around in pain. I am so happy to be back with you, my lovely readers, hehe. A gap this big also means a crap load of news, which is a bummer so a lot of it I will just have to skim past some, otherwise I will be here all day!

Two great episodes, each of them showing the deeper side of Betty. The show has been accused of becoming a bit too light and frothy in the recent series, but these last two episodes can truly silence those critics. The scenes between Claire & Bradford were so touching, more so than the fact that he actually died, haha! And Willi this week, oh my goodness! She is pure evil! I will post a full recap in the episode section, which I will be updating over the next few weeks.

One thing I did notice, is that the ratings for the most recent episode were really low, due to Thankgiving [Happy VERY belated Thanksgiving all you USA'ers!]. This happened last year as well, so you’d think ABC would learn. Especially as they hardly have many episodes left due to the writer’s strike and the fact that there was NO UGLY BETTY THIS WEEK. [I only found out about that a few days before and I was gutted!]. Oh well, it just seems a shame so many people missed such a great episode.

ABC have been updating the official site though with a few new activities and games, including the ‘Face Shifter’. You mix up the tiles and make your own Ugly Betty face, just like the opening sequence. Here’s my try:

Face Shifter

They also have a new game where you can create your own cover with your face on it! Kudos to ABC, because before, the site was looking a bit bare. Click here to play both of the games

In guest star news, Gene Simmons has been signed up to appear, with many people guessing he will be Amanda’s daddy.

“On Monday, December 3rd, I’m shooting Ugly Betty – not her… the show,” quipped Simmons in an update posted on his record company’s website.

 

The bassist and vocalist kept coy about his cameo. “Can’t tell you just yet who I’m playing or what it’s about,” Simmons wrote, but he added that “it might give you a chuckle”. [Source]

Haha, can’t wait to see him in it!

I just read on Ugly Betty News, that Michael will be hosting his own show, starting on January 4th. Wow! Although I have to admit, I think him teamed with Becki would be the ultimate hosting duo. Here’s the lowdown on the show:

For the first time in history, MISS AMERICA: REALITY CHECK brings all 52 beauty queens together to live under one roof to undo everything they have learned about pageant basics and determine if their smarts, attitudes and looks hold up in contemporary society. Led by host Urie, the girls participate in an intense set of events and challenges designed to prepare them for the finale event, a renewed competition that will redefine what it takes to be Miss America, a relatable and individual ‘it girl’ who can connect with today’s modern woman. [Click for more >>>]

Finally, some new Betty tonight, feels like an age doesn’t it? CHeck out the promo here:

I will post more tomorrow, my leg’s acting up again so I need to go and lie down [I ahve become SUCH an old man since my knee got dislocated haha!]

Thanks for coming back after such a long break, I appreciate it!

 



I’m Not Dead
29 November, 2007, 4:44 am
Filed under: Uncategorized

Expect a post explaining it all tomorrow.

Along with the LONG overdue update

Richard



Bet You Didn’t See This One Coming…
14 November, 2007, 3:16 pm
Filed under: News, Spoilers, Ugly Betty

This is my first mid-week post in ages, I have been so busy with work that this has been impossible up until now. There was quite a lot of news too, do I thought I’d get some out of the way now!

To be honest, I wasn’t that surprised when I heard this. Penelope Cruz is apparently in talks to become the latest addition to the guest list on Ugly Betty. Her and Salma are such good friends, I knew it would only be a matter of time. This is still unconfirmed though, and with the writer’s strike, who knows what’s going to happen!  Penelope is a truly great actress, unlike some of the guest stars *cough*Posh Spice*cough*, so I really hope this is true [Source]

If you hadn’t already heard, ‘Buffy’s Eliza Dushku will be appearing in Episode 209, “Giving Up The Ghost” as a Mode cover girl. I was a big fan of ‘Buffy’ and of Eliza’s character ‘Faith’, so I can’t wait to see her swap kicking vampire butt to working the catwalk!

“Giving Up the Ghost” – A Wilhelmina-induced crisis at Mode finds everyone scrambling to re-create an issue on deadline. Desperate times call for desperate measures, as Daniel and Betty try to break wild child cover girl (Eliza Dushku as Cameron Ashlock) out of rehab for a re-shoot, and Alexis tries to charm the printer (guest star David J. Steinberg) into extending their time. Meanwhile, Betty struggles with an unwelcome (and persistent) visitor who hopes to goad her into making good on a promise, on “Ugly Betty,” THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 22 (8:00-9:00 p.m., ET) on the ABC Television Network.

The strike is still ongoing and TV Guide’s Ausiello sadly confirms that this means the musical episode, for now, is cancelled.

Question: Please tell me that in the six or seven episodes left of Ugly Betty, the musical episode is included! — Katie
Ausiello: Unfortunately, it’s not. That episode hadn’t been approved yet anyway. It was still in the idea stage when the strike happened.

They better include it in Season 2 [Part 2] or Season 3, if it comes to that!

Another little snippet about the strike reveals that the last three episodes which have been written may not be up to par with the other episodes.

“Ugly Betty” is also continuing production. 13 scripts have been written and it is possible all will be produced, but the writers won’t be available for last-minute rewrites for the final 3, so they may be inferior in quality.

Just get Becki & Michael to wing it, I’m sure it’d be hilarious!

And to end, check out these promo pictures featuring ‘Golden Girl’ Betty White.  These are from Episode 210, ‘Bananas For Betty’ where Willi tries to improve her public image by doing good in the community. It all goes well until she meets poor old Betty. Betty White, that is!

I LOVE Betty White, she is such the stereotypical sweet old lady!

 

Haha! This picture is hilarious! Willi helping keep the streets of New York clean

 

 

 I think I’d be as scared as Betty looks here, if Wilhelmina came to visit me in hospital!



Make It NASTY!
11 November, 2007, 7:52 pm
Filed under: News, Spoilers, Ugly Betty

Becki Newton Milkshake

I am still recovering from laughing so hard at Amanda’s ‘Milkshake’ performance from this week’s episode. I don’t think I could love her any more than I do now! And I am SO using her dance moves next time I go out clubbing, haha! But aside from that, there were some pretty sad moments in the episode too. To be honest, I had kinda guessed Bradford was going to croak, so I was hardly that surprised when her toppled over at the altar. I was not prepared for Daniel firing Betty though! I love their relationship, and to see Daniel so upset and disappointed in Betty was heartbreaking. My flatmates and I all let out a collective ‘NOOO!’ when he fired her. The episode also included the arrival of Christina’s husband and the announcement that he won’t be around for much longer. I don’t know about him, do you think he’s playing her?

Re-live the episode with the video summary, here

[check back later, YouTube is acting up!]

As the summary doesn’t contain the BEST PART OF THE EPISODE, rewatch Amanda’s Milkshake here

Get the Amanda ‘Make It Nasty’ text message tone for your phone, free and exclusively from Betty a La Mode, here [right click to download]

On the subject of Amanda, isn’t she amazing!? It’s no secret that she’s my favourite character so I was ecstatic to learn a while ago that Becki would be cover girl for the UK Esquire Magazine for this month. Thank you to Vicky who emailed me about the cover, here it is for you to enjoy! I have purchased the magazine today so expect scans in the gallery shortly.

Becki Newton Esquire Cover

Frenemies Michael & Becki have James Hayman in for a chat this week in the official podcast. I would have uploaded it sooner but my iTunes messed up and didn’t download it until recently. Doh! Oh well, better late than never

If you haven’t heard already, which would be quite unlikely, the Writer’s Strike in America is in full swing. For those who don’t know what it’s about, the writers are protesting about pay levels to with internet streaming and other media outlets. This means no more scripts will be written for the show until it is all resolved. They currently have 13 written, but once it gets to the 13th episode, it could spell the end of Ugly Betty, Season 2. Awful, isn’t it?! The crazed Ugly Betty fan in me go angry with the writers, but in the end, it’s the network’s fault for not paying them appropriately. Not meaning to worry you, but the last strike took 22 weeks to resolve! I don’t think I can last that long! Of course, not just Ugly Betty is affected, other high profile shows such as Desperate Housewives, Heroes & Grey’s Anatomy have all shut down production. Whatever you make of it, here’s a picture of the cast supporting the strike, complete with placards!

Ugly Betty Writer’s Strike

Ugly Betty has approached some interesting storylines, but this one takes the biscuit!

Rebecca Romijn wants Ugly Betty writers to make her character fat so she can have a baby, and has recently discussed writing a pregnancy into the show.

The blonde beauty – who plays transsexual Alexis Meade in the hit US TV show – is desperate to start a family with her actor husband Jerry O’Connell and they recently had dinner with ‘Ugly Betty’ producer Marco Pennette to discuss writing her pregnancy into the show.

Rebecca, 35, told the USA Today newspaper: “It could be a hysterical pregnancy. There are people who want to be pregnant so badly that they put on weight in that area. Or maybe Alexis could put on a tremendous amount of weight, and I’d wear a fat suit around the pregnancy.” [Click for full story >>>]

Haha! This sounds hilarious! I didn’t know Rebecca & jerry were trying for a baby, good luck to them!

Lindsay Lohan Ugly Betty

Is Ugly Betty going to be getting a bit Freaky? Or perhaps a bit Mean? Superstar Lindsay Lohan is apparently in talks to become the latest star to join the already long list of Ugly Betty guest stars.

Lindsay Lohan is in talks to star in three episodes of hit US show Ugly Betty, it has been reported.

The actress will play a fallen beauty queen who is forced to work at a fast food restaurant after falling behind with her rent.

A show insider told the New York Observer: “Betty tries to help Lindsay’s character by getting her a job at Mode, the fashion magazine where she works on the show.”

Lindsay has had a pretty tough couple of years, so it would be good to see her in a fun, positive role on Ugly Betty. Saying that though, if it is true it may have to wait till Season 3 due to the writer’s strike. This probably also mean the musical episode, which was going to be Valentine’s Day themed has been scrapped until writing starts again. Ugh, I don’t want to think about it, it will just depress me!




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