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Rebecca Black Talks New Song 'My Moment' on 'The Early Show' (VIDEO)

by Nick Zaino, posted Jul 19th 2011 3:30PM
Rebecca Black talks 'Friday,' 'My Moment,' and Katy Perry on 'The Early Show'Rebecca Black gained instant fame in February with her much-parodied song 'Friday,' a YouTube sensation that, as 'The Early Show' (weekdays, 7AM on CBS) reported Tuesday, earned her 167 million hits. The 14-year-old singer's popularity inspired an inevitable backlash, and Monday she released her response, a new single called 'My Moment.'

The report talked about the backlash, specifically the negative comments internet commenters made about her voice and inexperience. Black seemed to take it in stride, joining Katy Perry for her video spoof, 'Last Friday Night,' and making a few videos lampooning her song for FunnyorDie.com. "All of it has been so amazing," she told 'Early.'

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Rebecca Black Takes Osama Bin Laden to an Eternal 'Friday' in Hell on 'Kimmel' (VIDEO)

by Jason Hughes, posted May 4th 2011 4:32AM
Osama Bin Laden & Rebecca Black, 'Jimmy Kimmel Live'Just when you'd got Rebecca Black's infectious internet hit 'Friday' out of your head, 'Jimmy Kimmel Live' (Weeknights, 12AM ET on ABC) had to go and put it right back. In a goofy video "tribute" to the death of Bin Laden, Kimmel modified the lyrics of Black's viral sensation to better suit the current situation.

"Hitler in the front seat, Saddam in the back seat" and "It's Friday, Friday, fry in Hell on Friday!" replaced the nonsensical original lyrics, giving the song a new and as yet unheard coherence. It's as if the tune and music and vocal stylings of Rebecca Black were meant for a parody song.

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Watch Stephen Colbert (and Taylor Hicks!) Sing 'Friday' With Jimmy Fallon (VIDEO)

by Joel Keller, posted Apr 2nd 2011 10:00AM
Stephen Colbert and Taylor Hicks sing 'Friday' on 'Late Night with Jimmy Fallon'
Last night, Stephen Colbert made good on his promise to cover Rebecca Black's YouTube sensation (some would call it an earworm) 'Friday' on 'Late Night with Jimmy Fallon.' And it was epic.

Just a bit of the funny backstory: earlier this week, Colbert claimed that his "best friend for six months," Fallon, was going to match a $26,000 donation to DonorsChoose.org. Fallon said he promised no such thing, but in the spirit of saying your BFFSM will do something without consulting him first, he promised that Colbert would sing 'Friday' with the Roots if his audience could raise the $26,000 by Friday.

Well, they more than doubled that amount, and NBC Universal kicked in another 26 grand; more than $80,000 in contributions were made to this site, where educators solicit donations for school supplies and projects.

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Colbert Promises His Rendition of 'Friday' Will Be 'Performance of a Lifetime' (VIDEO)

by Jeremy Taylor, posted Mar 30th 2011 7:10AM
'The Colbert Report'If you've been following the saga of "BFFs for six months" Stephen Colbert and Jimmy Fallon, you'd know that last week Colbert pledged $26,000 of Fallon's money to the charity DonorsChoose.org, but without asking Fallon first.

Fallon responded Monday to this by announcing that if he could raise that $26,000 from the public, then Colbert would be forced to appear on 'Late Night With Jimmy Fallon' and sing Rebecca Black's viral sensation 'Friday' with The Roots.

"What the f**k?" Colbert said on Tuesday's 'The Colbert Report' (Weeknights, 11:30PM ET on Comedy Central), after playing the clip of Fallon saying that $26,000 buys the public a singing Colbert.

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Internet Sensation Rebecca Black Sings 'Friday' on 'The Tonight Show' (VIDEO)

by Jason Hughes, posted Mar 23rd 2011 3:27AM
Rebecca Black, 'The Tonight Show with Jay Leno'At 36.5 million views of her 'Friday' video on YouTube as of this writing, Rebecca Black's reign as the current queen of Internet buzz is continuing strong. All the attention got her a spot on 'The Tonight Show' (Weeknights, 11:35PM ET on NBC), where she performed the song and even got to chat with Jay Leno.

Sure, her success has come on the heels of a ditty many are considering the worst song ever written. But as they say in show business, there's no such thing as bad publicity.

When Leno asked her if she'd seen some of the online parodies of her song, she said, "I think they can either be really hilarious and make me laugh like 'til I cry, but others are really lame."

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Viral Video Star Rebecca Black Responds to Criticism on 'GMA' (VIDEO)

by Donald Deane, posted Mar 18th 2011 1:45PM
Viral Video Star Rebecca Black Responds to Critcism on 'GMA'Rebecca Black, the 13-year-old singer whose video, 'Friday,' has gone viral with more than 16 million views on YouTube, responded to the recent flurry of heavy criticism waged against her on 'Good Morning America' (weekdays, 7AM on ABC).

Black and her song have been repeatedly bashed on the Internet over the past week, with jabs taken at the teen's singing ability and the song's simplistic lyrical content. Example: "Kickin' in the front seat / Sittin' in the back seat / Gotta make my mind up / Which seat can I take?"

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Hoda and Matt Bomer Defend 'Friday' YouTube Sensation Rebecca Black on 'Today' (VIDEO)

by Donald Deane, posted Mar 18th 2011 1:15PM
Hoda and Matt Bomer Defend YouTube Sensation Rebecca Black on 'Today'Hoda Kotb and guest co-host Matt Bomer of 'White Collar' sang along to Rebecca Black's YouTube hit 'Friday' on 'Today' (weekdays, 7AM ET on NBC). Then, they weighed in with their own opinions on the much-maligned song.

"The song, they criticize it for being inane and stupid with the lyrics. [But], I sort of like it," said Kotb.

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Ugly Betty is moving from Friday night after all

by Allison Waldman, posted Dec 2nd 2009 9:28AM
ugly_betty_America_FerreraDid someone at ABC hear my plea for Ugly Betty... or read my post from the other day about how the show was being left to shrivel and die on Friday nights? Perhaps so because today's Hollywood Reporter claims that ABC will move Ugly Betty to Wednesday at 10 p.m. in the spot currently occupied by Eastwick.

Hey, that's what I was advocating. It just makes sense. Eastwick is playing out the string. It's not coming back. ABC has decided to burn off the remaining episodes, but it can do that anywhere on the schedule... even on Friday nights.

But Ugly Betty deserves a chance to come back to the glory days when it was competitive in the ratings. Notice I didn't say it was a Nielsen winner; it never really was. But it was in there trying and it was an award-winning show so that made it all right. It was a trade-off for ABC.

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Why is ABC treating Ugly Betty so badly?

by Allison Waldman, posted Nov 29th 2009 1:28PM
ugly_betty_2009The ratings are in from Friday night -- that was the Friday after Thanksgiving, a night when the major networks were showing movies and reruns -- and, not surprising, the numbers are pretty low.

Oh, wait, one network had new shows, ABC. But the ratings for a new Ugly Betty at 9 p.m. were dismal. Ugly Betty came in dead last with just a 0.9/3, only 3.39 million viewers for that timeslot.

A few weeks ago, I thought -- hoped -- things were looking up for Ugly Betty. It looked like the show was going to get a timeslot switch to Eastwick's Wednesday at 10 p.m. Alas, ABC has done nothing. Eastwick is not picked up for the season and it's still losing in that spot -- it had a 1.2/4 and just 3.89 million viewers this past week. That said, why isn't ABC giving Betty some love with a time change?

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DVRs help Fox's Friday nights

by Brad Trechak, posted Mar 3rd 2009 9:03AM
DollhouseWell, it looks like my initial concerns regarding Fox's low ratings for the Friday night sci-fi double feature might be unfounded. It looks like the new Live+7 DVR data has given a 30% boost to Dollhouse's ratings and a 36% boost to The Sarah Connor Chronicles. The gains are considered very high, particularly for a Friday night.

This is a bit of a relief to me because it sends a signal to Fox that another season of either show (both of which I enjoy) would be a good idea. If anything, this information is further proof that the current ratings system is obsolete and should be replace by something else (damned if I know what, though. The trick is to get advertisers to trust whatever new system they adopt).

It's also a sign that, unlike myself, some sci-fi fans actually go out on Friday nights and can wait until later to watch their favorite Friday night shows. Good for them.

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Dollhouse slips in the ratings

by Brad Trechak, posted Feb 23rd 2009 8:57AM
DollhouseRemember when we wrote that Fox's Friday nights didn't do so well in the ratings? There is even more bad news. Dollhouse lost about 15 percent of its viewers this past Friday night from the previous. Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles remained about the same, falling only a tenth of a point.

These are the times that try a Whedon-fan's soul. Most of us knew in advance that Friday nights are the exact opposite of a ratings powerhouse. These are the circumstances in which we learn whether Fox was sincere in its agreement with Joss Whedon to try and let the show grow an audience.

On a more upbeat note, the decline in ratings for Dollhouse is consistent with the second episode of any new show. The network probably knows this and hopefully has factored this sort of slip into their plans for the show. I refuse to give up hope two weeks in.

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Ratings woes for Fox's Friday night

by Brad Trechak, posted Feb 15th 2009 9:46AM
Terminator: The Sarah Connor ChroniclesThe verdict is in, and it looks like both Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles and Dollhouse did pretty poorly in the ratings.

Did anybody expect otherwise? Given the timeslot and the relative lack of publicity (no matter how cool the trailers actually are), the shows still did pretty well. Hopefully the additional views from DVRs that are watched during the week will increase the ratings enough so Fox doesn't cancel within three episodes.

I can only hope that Joss Whedon's statements about Fox are true and they were expecting low initial ratings for the series and that they hope to make up for it in DVD sales and increased ratings over time. If this sort of programming succeeds over time, then folks like me will have a legitimate excuse to stay in on Friday nights.

Let us not forget that success stories such as The X-Files started on Fox on Friday nights. I'm not giving up hope yet.

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It's official: CBS dumps The Ex List

by Allison Waldman, posted Oct 28th 2008 9:29AM
Ex castThat was fast. If this were a newspaper, the ink would barely be dry on my previous post about the dismal ratings for The Ex List. Now, the die has been cast: CBS has canceled The Ex List.

This Friday's show will be the end of the run. The four remaining shows in the can may be run off some time in the future, but more than likely they won't. For the immediate future, reruns of NCIS will fill the Friday 9 p.m. slot.

The Ex List is the first hour-long drama to be dumped this season. It's a sad commentary on CBS that they are so challenged when it comes to developing TV dramas that don't involve criminal activities.

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Comic-Con Countdown: Friday, July 25th

by Richard Keller, posted Jul 15th 2008 9:15AM

What's going on Friday at Comic-Con? Take a look here to find out.Okay, show of hands. How many of you are going to the upcoming San Diego Comic-Con to see all of the panels being held by the many television studios and shows? Uh-huh, a good amount. Now, how many of you are going to be perusing the booths and dealers down at the exhibit hall? Ahhh, not so fast!

If you're a fan of all things television and you think you'll have some time to see what else is going on during this, the world's largest science fiction and comic book convention, you may want to re-think your plans. This isn't your grandfather's, father's, or even older brother's comic book convention.

Starting last year this convention has become the biggest television event between the TCA's the week before (which we are covering, by the way) and the Emmy's at the end of the summer. This year is no exception as the days are packed with shows varying from Stargate Atlantis and Battlestar Galactica to Big Bang Theory and Bones.

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Robinson Crusoe pilot coming to NBC

by Allison Waldman, posted Feb 25th 2008 2:40PM
brosan as crusoeNBC is going classic, with a twist. The network has ordered 13 episodes of a new drama series based on the Daniel Defoe classic Robinson Crusoe. This is far from the first time Defoe's 1719 novel has been filmed. The most recent incarnation was a 1997 Pierce Brosnan feature. In 1964, it was the basis for a French TV series.

This version is going to be a new take on the old story of a man who sets sail from England, his ship is wrecked in a storm and he's thrown overboard winding up alone on a deserted island where he has to fen for himself. In time, he is joined by an escaped slave whom he names Friday. Ben Silverman, NBC's head honcho, described the proposed series in this way: "It's part MacGyver, part contemporary morality tale about race and personal discovery, part comedy and part Castaway meets Survivor." As envisioned, this Robinson Crusoe will need to be clever indeed. It's going to keep the time period 1650's, but when Crusoe finds Friday, he'll presumably be treating him as if it were today with regard to race relations.

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