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Could an ‘Ugly Betty’ reboot be in the works? One star suggests it might be soon


by Sarah Finnan
04th Oct 2021

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Could an ‘Ugly Betty’ reboot be in the works? One star suggests it might be soon

‘Ugly Betty’ could be returning to TV screens in the not-so-distant future. At least if rumours started by one of the series’ lead actors are to be believed...

11 years is a long time to leave a story untold… time is but a minor detail to the cast of the hit series Ugly Betty though, who are apparently in talks about a reunion. Yes, according to former star of the show, Eric Mabius – who played Daniel Meade – a reboot could definitely be on the cards. 

Well, that’s what he insinuated to Australian publication TV Tonight recently anyway. Giving away slightly more than he was probably supposed to, the actor started off strong, commenting on how much he loved being a part of the show. “It’s so rewarding to be part of TV that’s groundbreaking, not leading with that as the intention, but as the byproduct. I think Ugly Betty was ahead of its time and I think that it would be more timely right now than ever.

“I continue to be proud of that, to be a part of such talent. It was probably the truest work family I’ve ever had. Halfway through our run we moved from the west coast to New York, which sort of injected the show with a whole other kind of life,” he continued. “We had easy access to Broadway actors and the locations were just out of this world.

Also remembering some of the show’s many achievements, Mabius recalled how they continue to be “touchstones” in his career. “We shot in the UN. We were one of the first projects to ever be allowed in there. I remember standing at that podium… touchstones in my life,” he admitted, before adding, “Hopefully with enough groundswell, they may even bring the show back for a little bit.”

Asked if the possibility of new episodes is actually something fans could expect in the future, the actor went a bit rogue with his response admitting, “I don’t know. There’s something being discussed, but I’m not at liberty to say. We had an abrupt ending and I think that we all felt that we didn’t have enough time to finish telling the stories that needed to be told.” That sounds like confirmation of an Ugly Betty reboot to us. 

Famed for playing Mode editor-in-chief Daniel Meade, Mabius starred in the popular comedy-drama alongside stars such as America Ferrera, Vanessa Williams and Mark Indelicato. However, while it’s been quite a while since he last played the womanising Mr Meade, Mabius has been keeping busy working on a US/Canadian Hallmark series called Love Letter Mysteries (or Signed, Sealed, Delivered as per its American title). Cast in the role of Oliver O’Toole, his character relies on old-fashioned methods to help him and his colleagues solve the mysteries of undelivered letters. 

“The woman who created the show, Martha Williamson, created Touched by an Angel, which ran for nine seasons and was very popular. I was flying to China at the time, and the script was sent to me just before the doors closed in an airplane, and I managed to download it,” Mabius said of how he got his hands on the script. “I read it on the plane and I thought it was really smart. It’s not sappy, like so many things that they seemed to be doing back in 2013.

“We had this fantastic long, rambling, wonderful conversation and we hit it off and I thought, ‘She’s smart enough to pull this off, obviously’ and there’s something very infectious [about her]. There’s a wonderful way about Martha and her ability to pluck one’s heartstrings without being sappy about it. So I jumped in and we shot the two-hour pilot.”

Eight years later and he’s still working on the series with a new telemovie due out in the US this month.

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