As we have told you, Fox411 reported in January (before the show’s cancellation announcement) that Liza Minnelli was cast to appear as Justin’s drama teacher on Ugly Betty. Usually, when a big item like this breaks, if it’s not true, we usually have a denial statement shortly thereafter by executive producer Silvio Horta (see: Lindsay Lohan. – which in the long run turned out to be true). This time, nothing. Radio silence.
Because NO ONE else in the entertainment press picked the story up (besides reporting that Fox411 had reported the rumor), and because there have been no promos for episode 4.15 (because of the Olympic break), there are now strong doubts that the Fox report is true.
FWIW, when I started to research this for today’s follow-up, I found this report from the same day as the Fox report, from AP-Red:
“After a number of conversations with ‘Camp Liza,’ including assistants, lawyers, and PR reps. I am here to say – that this is confirmed – that Liza May Minnelli will NOT currently be filming a recurring roll on the show. Liza is a big fan of Ugly Betty, she indeed watches and enjoys the show, however, for the record, on the record, it just ain’t happenin’ yet kids!”
That should be the final word, right? Well, I’m not so sure.
ABC has not yet released the press release with the synopsis/guest star list for episode 4.15, nor any episode photography (which is odd, actually). Also, there was never any official denial of the Minnelli casting by either producers or ABC. Yes, I know the producers have other things on their minds lately.
Also, there is already a “Justin’s prestigious acting class” story line that has already been introduced to the show.
And most mysterious of all: the original Fox411 report was extremely detailed. I have a hard time believing it was a total fabrication, so it makes me think that somebody on the inside was certain the appearance was going to happen.
Is there a little bit of cloak and dagger going on here? Are producers keeping this bombshell casting kinda-sorta secret so they can get the most bang for their buck?
What do you think? Was this just an elaborate rumor? Or do you think Minnelli is going to appear on the show?