Thursday nights just got ugly.
ABC has announced that it is switching the time slot of buzzed-about new sitcom Ugly Betty. The network is moving the show from Friday night to Thursday, as a lead-in to recent transplant Grey's Anatomy.
Ugly Betty is the American remake of Colombian telenovela Betty the Ugly. The series is produced by Salma Hayek and stars America Ferrera as Betty, an unconventional gal who gets a job at a fashion magazine.
Betty was originally scheduled for Fridays, where it was to have been paired with Men in Trees, the new series from Sex and the City writer Jenny Bicks. Now, Betty will go up against NBC hits My Name Is Earl and The Office and the new Fox shows Til Death and Happy Hour. Meanwhile, Trees will sit all alone in its Friday 9 p.m. berth.
The two shows that were originally scheduled to air in the Thursday 8- to 9-p.m. time slot--wedding comedy Big Day and baby comedy Notes From the Underbelly--have been put on hold. ABC is now eyeing a Tuesday or Wednesday spot for them, after Dancing With the Stars finishes.
Thursdays are shaping up to be a pivotal night on the new fall schedule, with ABC moving Grey's Anatomy to the 9 p.m. slot, opposite CSI on CBS, The O.C. on Fox, and Supernatural on the CW. At 10 p.m., James Woods and his Shark will take on ER.
"[It will be] one monster night of TV," said Fox president Peter Liguori at last month's TV Critics Association press tour in Pasadena, California.