“Ugly Betty” Cancelled

So long, Betty!

ABC has cancelled the once popular television dramedy Ugly Betty. The show features Becky Newton, Vanessa Williams, and America Ferrera as Betty Suarez, a spectacled fashion mag assistant and aspiring writer. Inspired by the saucy telenovelas popular in Latin America, Betty won Ferrera a Golden Globe Award in 2007. The series will wrap at the end of its current fourth season, the network announced in a somber statement issued Wednesday.

As a lead-in for the hit medical drama Grey’s Anatomy, Betty was a Thursday night ratings leader in its inaugural season. But the show began to falter with audiences during Season 2 and was hit hard by a move to Fridays last fall. Ugly Betty now occupies the timeslot once reserved for the defunct Eastwick. The series will continue to air Wednesdays at 10 ET/PT until its departure in May.

“We’ve mutually come to the difficult decision to make this Ugly Betty’s final season, and are announcing now as we want to allow the show ample time to write a satisfying conclusion,” says ABC chief Steve McPherson in a statement. “We are extremely proud of this groundbreaking series, and felt it was important to give the fans a proper farewell.”

Ugly Betty will tape its series finale in April.