Help write the upcoming plot twists on 'Ugly Betty'

Ugly_lMaybe it’s the curse of loving Ugly Betty too much. We’re so protective of our obsession that we critique every quip, every storyline, every guest star. And, naturally, we all think we know exactly what should be happening each and every week. For example, I might ban all storylines involving an HMO, but one of you might think you have the perfect plot twist to make health care seem sexy (or at least like something other than the worst story idea in TV history). Instead of stifling our creativity or boring our significant others with plot twists we’re absolutely positive that Betty‘s writing staff needs to hear, let’s get our thoughts out in the open. Write us your best log line for Ugly Betty and we promise to read every single one (even the HMO ones, but seriously, have pity on us). Best of all, we will choose the top three and bring them to head writer and executive producer Silvio Horta for his feedback. Who knows? Your vision may help shape season 2.


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  • Sally

    1000 Characters – do I have enough room to wright? Anyway here goes –
    They should cast Jennifer Hudson as a diva-singer curvy ‘fat’ international singer that Wilhemina absolutely will NOT put on the cover of MODE – until she hears that a rival magazine is going to put the Plus size singer on their cover as a “first” for fashion magazines.
    Sound familiar?
    I see Jennifer as “Diva” being courted unreluctantly by Willie and her assistant aiding in the wooing.

  • Ep Sato

    How about one where the Mode magazine staff hires TYPEPAD for their blog and none of their readers can post comments?
    Sound familiar?

  • JohnO

    Marc and Willie should unknowingly date the dame guy. Betty finds out and struggles with keeping the secret.

  • Lee

    Wilhelmina, furious that Alex isn’t going to make her editor-in-chief, reconnects with her “spy” over at Isabella magazine (Nicholas Gonzalez, ep.4). Wilhelmina gathers a new army of “flying monkeys” and plots to become the new editor-in-chief of Isabella magazine. Mode has been losing its luster due to all the recent scandals and Isabella becomes the “It” magazine, partly due to Wilhelmina’s sabotage. During sweeps, Wilhelmina stages her coup de estad, leaving Mode for Isabella–and taking those loyal to her from Mode with her to Isabella. This sets up an entire season of Mode vs. Isabella…until a merger is announced between Mode and Isabella (much like the real life Glamour-Madamoiselle merger 5 years ago). Wilhelmina manages to stay on at the newly merged magazines by blackmailing Bradford Mead–she finds the corpse of the investigator Bradford hired in Fey’s grave and threatens to send Bradford back to jail.

  • paige

    thats a good plot, lee

  • brandonk

    I haven’t really had a problem with any of the storylines in “Ugly Betty,” but it seems pretty clear that the Alexis one wasn’t planned from the beginning. The woman playing Alexis in the earlier shows has an old voice, and I think we were meant to think it was Fey. Otherwise, good stuff (even the HMO stuff, which was really about the father being an illegal alien).

  • Anon

    How about the writer(s) and the actor that called Betty’s nephew a “fairy” go to anger management therapy like Isaiah Washington.. for saying the other “f” word…

  • pagirl

    While re-enacting Hairspray on the train, Justin is discovered by a Broadway talent scout and quickly becomes famous.

  • NineDaves

    The whole world turns their eyes on Mode after a scathing tell-all book is released by one of Fey’s former assistants, accounting Fey’s affair with Bradford, her outrageous temper, and plenty of other deep and dark secrets (you figure those out – I can’t do everything!). Willie is, of course, implemented in a lot of the book, though she does her best (with the help of Mark), to get back at that assistant (let’s just call her Lauren). Lauren, however, connects with Betty, and they begin a strong friendship that has Betty questioning her own views on Mode. When a film adaptation of the book goes into development, a few famous actresses head to Mode to do some research on their roles (I smell Sweeps casting!). And after the movie is released, to critical praise, Willie does a Barbara Walters special to show that she doesn’t take herself too seriously.

  • Lee

    Thanks paige!
    Another idea: Wilhelmina becomes a judge on Fashion TV’s “Project Runway”-esque show– or better yet, “Project Runway” itself (get Tim Gunn to guest star again!). She has Alex fill in for her one episode and “helps” her out by providing notes about the designers. One of Wilhelmina’s “helpful” notes talks about what a hack one of the contestants is. Alex, not knowing anything about fashion and still trusting Wilhelmina, uses Wilhelmina’s notes to tear the contestant’s design apart–not knowing that the contestant is really Donna Karen’s niece who wants to “make it on her own” in the fashion world. Furious, Donna Karen pulls all advertising from Meade publications.

  • Kevin

    Henry gets closer to his ex girlfriend and the form a tight bond (possibilities of marriage) however he cannot get his feelings for Betty out of his heart. Neither can she. They begin a sexual affair. Meanwhile Betty and Henry’s ex become close friends. Betty is torn by her behavior and her feelings for Henry. She enters a real dark time in her life where she for the first time really doesn not feel like a good person.

  • Stephanie

    Betty meets Donna Karan and gets a new improved wardrobe but keeps the glasses and braces.

  • timmyd2121

    Whatever they do please do not pull a Will & Grace, er, I meant Loveboat. Too many guest stars ruin the show. Unless they have some unexpected guest stars in the telenovela that Ignacio watches.

  • Ben

    At some point, the roosters have to come home to roost for all of these characters. Daniel and/or Alexis is going to have some splaining to do when one of their past lovers shows up with a new Bradford child in tow. Amanda needs to have some pictures of her teen years turn up where she looks remarkably like Betty with braces, thick eyebrows and bad fashion sense (only much much heavier). Marc’s parents should show up not knowing about his sexual preference and perhaps unveiling some past fashion indiscretions of his own (bell bottoms and an accordian anyone?). Willie might need to become editor in chief of a competing magazine where she can commit all kinds of treachery against the Mead family. When is Henry going to take off his glasses and reveal himself as the Man of Steel, Kal-El? Hilda needs to get discovered and become one the models at Mode. Justin needs to enroll in a high school for the performing arts to lead to stage performances. Ran out of room for my Betty ideas…

  • Mozz Mendez

    Title of Epsiode: Hit and Runway – Whilemina must kiss “Fat Carol’s” behind when Fat Carol becomes head honcho at another publication. Mark must deal with an out of control “Naomi Cambell, object throwing model” he had once proposed to, and While assisting the hellish Alexis, Betty sneaks a peek at fashion photos taken on the streets of NY, Betty spies a person crossing the street behind the model, she never thought she’d see… HER MOTHER!

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