Great news coming from crisis-ridden Egypt, you guys!
A Sony production office in Cairo today announced the upcoming premiere of an Arabic version of Yo Soy Betty la Fea, the famed Colombian telenovela that has seen hundreds of versions worldwide -and its share of product placements– including ABC’s Ugly Betty.
The Arabic version will be called Heba Regel- El Ghorab, which I believe means Yo soy Betty la Fea in Arabic, though I’m not 100% sure.
Per Sony, the new series consists of 90 one-hour episodes that will air in Arabic and will be seen throughout the Arab world, including Algeria, Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, Egypt, United Arab Emirates, Iraq, Jordan, Kuwait, Lebanon, Libya, Morocco, Oman, Qatar, Sudan, Syria, and Tunisia.
I think this is great, especially if you believe (like I do) that telenovelas are wonderful pacifiers and help suppress civilian uprisings in some countries (ahem, ahem, Mexico?)
So stop revolting already, and watch a novela instead!