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VH1 Preps Show About Ugly Chicks

Oct. 27 2008, Published 7:07 a.m. ET

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Would Ugly Betty make a good reality show? VH1 may soon find out. The cable network is developing a new show called America The Ugly that's said to be inspired, in a roundabout way, by ABC's hit sitcom (itself a copy of the Spanish-language show Betty La Fea).

The premise: What happens when unattractive women are thrown into the high-glam environment of the fashion and modeling industries? On hand to make sure the contestants feel sufficiently bad about themselves will be Becky Southwick, best known as the salty-tongued Wilhelmina Models executive who was forever castigating her girls for being too fat on VH1's The Agency. Southwick, who now works at Trump Model Management, confirms that she shot a pilot, but says she hasn't been told whether the show is being picked up. "I'm not even confirmed for it, anyway, so I don't know what's happening with it," she says. "I've got other things of my own going on."

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