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Trial and Error

Sexy Nuns, Mysterious Priests, Lurid Confessions

December 4, 2006 12:21 PM

Last week ABC added the mini-telenovela that it features each week during "Ugly Betty" to both ABC.com and to Verizon Wireless' V CAST service.

I’m always up for a new reason to visit ABC.com, so I do a quick scan of the home page. I don’t see a link for "Vidas de Fuego" amid the various show links, program photos and the embedded video player that’s promoting clips from “Ugly Betty,” “Grey’s Anatomy” and “Brothers & Sisters.” But when I spot the “more videos” link, I’ve got a good hunch the telenovela might be housed there.

And what do you know? I’m taken to a page with the top five videos, including the telenovela as the 5th one.

I haven’t watched a single episode or even a snippet of “Ugly Betty” this season. So I know nothing about the show. But I will say that this telenovela is a hoot all right. It’s over the top to the nines with a fabulously soapy storyline involving a nun, a priest and lustful admissions. It’s almost enough to tempt me to watch the show.

We’ll see if that temptation remains on Thursday night.

I suspect the telenovela is one more feature that’ll lure existing “Ugly Betty” fans to ABC.com and could even be a carrot for some new fans.


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I've yet to see an episode of "Brothers & Sisters" or "Ugly Betty", but I hear nothing but good things about them both. I definitely will check them out when I get a chance. I hear that Salma Hayek is not only executive producer but also now acting in "Ugly Betty". She is a great actress and I am looking forward to seeing her on TV. "Ugly Betty" and "Brothers & Sisters" are both nominated for Favorite New TV Drama at this years People's Choice Award. You can cast your vote for your favorite nominees at http://www.pcavote.com . I voted already because I work with the People's Choice Community. Voting ends this Saturday so hurry and get your votes in. Which show did you vote for?

I'm a total TV snob, in that all I watch is HBO, news and CBS Sunday Morning, but Ugly Betty is really good.

Daisy Whitney:

Voted for Grey's and Patrick Dempsey of course! and My Name is Earl...abstained in other categories...

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