New-season episodes of "Ugly Betty" and "Brothers & Sisters" arrived today, along with letters from the producers that indicate how the shows think they stand with the press.
The "Ugly Betty" letter, signed by Silvio Horta and Marco Pennette, began, ''On behalf of the producers and writers of UGLY BETTY, we'd like to thank you for your continued support of our show. Your critical endorsement is a big part of why we're able to come back for a second season."
(Well, not as big as good ratings, but the show's pilot did generate praise before it premiered.)
Ken Olin of "Brothers & Sisters" knows that his show was not greeted so warmly. And he neither ducked that in his letter, nor indicated that early criticism was wrong.
"As many of you know, at this time last season we were still finding our way," his letter says. "To those of you who patiently supported us throughout, I am truly grateful. To those of you who came to the show later, I sincerely appreciate your willingness to remain open to the show's potential. And to any of you who remain skeptical I offer up my hope that you will watch this episode and others this season and find in them the humor, drama and emotion that has defined the series."
I'm in that third group, by the way. I didn't see enough in the pilot to go back to the show, and my viewing schedule was pretty full without it. Now I'm wondering what I've missed. Should I devote some spare hours to the replays on ABC.com?