UGLY BETTY-(ADAPTED by jassi jaisi koi nahin)

Come September and the incomparable Jassi of Jassi Jaissi Koi Nahin fame arrives in America in her original 'Ugly Betty' incarnation to conquer yet another world. "Yo Soy Betty La Fea" ("I am Betty the ugly"), in her native Colombia, her has proved a hit in both East and West -- as Jassi Jaissi ... in India, as "Falling in love in Berlin", as "Lotte" in the Netherlands and as "Born Ugly" in Russia'. They all tweaked the tone of the original with the German version all but excising the comedy while keeping the ugly duckling storyline intact to make it one of the world's most popular television shows. Now the tele-tale of a pitifully ugly woman trying to navigate the shallow waters of the fashion industry premieres in America on ABC on Sep 22 to give tough Friday night competition to NBC's impossibly attractive crime fighters of "Crossing Jordan". The American version holds close to the show's template, with some local adaptations. Betty is a bit less ugly; She's also younger (played by America Ferrera), works not as an assistant at a fashion house but at a fashion magazine in a Condé Nast-esque publishing empire. She's also a first-generation Mexican, like the original Betty, has a singularly horrific fashion sense, and commutes each day to New York's Manhattan business district from Queens, home to many an immigrant.


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