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Ugly Betty cancelled

Ugly Betty

Story by Jack Foley

AWARD-winning TV comedy Ugly Betty has been axed after four seasons.

TV network ABC announced the decision this week as the show had been hit by a decline in ratings, which had fallen in the US from an average of 8.1 million to 5.3 million viewers between the third and fourth series.

The show starred America Ferrera as a style-challenged woman working at a New York fashion magazine. It was a TV sensation during its first two seasons, winning awards and drawing critical acclaim.

The show will conclude after its fourth season, which is due to come to an end in April 2010.

Its executive producer, Silvio Horta, and ABC president Steve McPherson said in a joint statement: “We’ve mutually come to the difficult decision to make this Ugly Betty‘s final season.

“We are announcing now as we want to allow the show ample time to write a satisfying conclusion.”

Ugly Betty rose to prominence following the success of the hit movie The Devil Wears Prada but is actually based on the Colombian telenovela Yo Soy Betty, La Fea, which translates as I Am Betty, the Ugly One.

It was adapted to a US setting by Oscar-nominated actress Salma Hayek, who also guest-starred in the series.

Its main star Ferrera subsequently won a Golden Globe for best TV comedy actress and an Emmy, for best actress in a comedy series, in 2007.

The fourth series has yet to air in the UK.