Originally considered to be a daily soap or telenovela, which would run in the earlier morning.
The role of Wilhelmina was originally cast to Charlotte Ross, but she left the show for another ABC pilot, Pink Collar. It was never aired.
In the pilot episode, America used her actual hair, but then cut it after being unsure if the show would come back. Now she wears a wig.
Ugly Betty was originally supposd to air Friday at 8/7c but was switched to Thursdays at 8/7c.
The show was titled Ugly Betty, was renamed to Betty the Ugly but was switched back to Ugly Betty.
Ugly Betty is the American version of the popular Columbian telenovela, Yo Soy Betty, La Fea.
Ignacio: So, how was your interview?
Betty: Um... I think it was really good. I mean, they were impressed.
Hilda: You didn't get it.
Betty: Well they said that they had hired everyone they needed.
Ignacio: I don't understand. You're sharp, you're prepared... Someone should have begged you to work with them the day you graduated Queens College.
Hilda: Betty, have you thought about exploring other options?
Betty: Hilda, I am not going to sell Herbalux.
Hilda: I wasn't saying that... necessarily.
Amanda: Ahh! She's so fabulously douchy!