Today’s news that Pamela Anderson and Mike Tyson have joined the cast of Bailando Por un Sueño (Argentina’s version of Dancing with the Stars) got us thinking about the best shows that have been done in both Spanish and English. Here are some of our faves!
Ugly Betty & Yo Soy Betty, La Fea
It all began with Yo Soy Betty, La Fea – a popular Colombian soap opera that sparked the creation of more than a dozen other versions in countries such as India, Russia, and Turkey. Yo Soy Betty, La Fea ran from 1999 to 2001 and centered around Beatriz Aurora Pinzón Solano, a geeky-looking yet brilliant economist who works as a secretary for a fictitious Colombian fashion empire, EcoModa. The ABC spin-off Ugly Betty revolved around America Ferrera’s character, 22-year-old Betty Suarez from Queens, New York who suffers from a severe lack of fashion sense. Suarez is thrust into the fashion magazine world when she accepts a job as personal assistant to the Editor-in-Chief of Mode. After premiering in 2006, Ugly Betty ran its course until April 2010, but gave us memorable characters (Ana Ortiz’s Hilda, Tony Plana’s, Ignacio, and Mark Indelicato’s Justin) that’ll live on in our hearts forever!