ABC DENIES THAT UGLY BETTY CANNED

After announcing plans to take the show off-air in March, officials at ABC are denying that the hit series "Ugly Betty" will be canceled. The program stars America Ferrera, and is being pulled mid-way through its current third season run and replaced by new episodes of Christina Applegate's "Samantha Who?" and comedy "In the Motherhood." The move prompted fears the series would be canned following the season three finale, but TV executives have now issued a statement assuring fans the show will be back once again. An ABC spokesperson says, "'Ugly Betty' will return following the run of 'In the Motherhood' and 'Samantha Who?' The Thursday night block is a good opportunity to launch these comedies. That said, 'Betty' is a solid performer and there is no question that it will definitely be back to complete its season, just without repeats."