Fine Tuning - Weekly column highlighting music on TV (March 21-27, 2005).
IN 'RAY'S' IMAGE: Despite the fact that it's widely known that the Ray Charles biopic "Ray" was the big winner March 12 at the 36th NAACP Image Awards, the show's musical performances make it a dandy to add Friday's Fox broadcast of the event to your viewing schedule this week.
Under the theme "Created Equal," the ceremony boasted a slate of inspirational performances by the likes of Stevie Wonder, Tye Tribbett, Yolanda Adams and Fantasia. Prince, who was honored with the Vanguard Award, performed with Sheila E and Morris Day accompanying. Definitely one worth watching.
A LITTLE QUEENIE: There's no denying that Queens Of The Stone Age are one of the top rock acts making waves these days. With the Josh Homme-led act's new album, "Lullabies to Paralyze," out on Tuesday, the band will make several appearances on television this week.
First up is Tuesday's appearance on Fuse's "7th Avenue. Drop" followed by a performance on CBS' "The Late Show With David Letterman." Come Friday, the band will be on NBC's "Late Night With Conan O'Brien."
IDOL'S 11: With Lindsey Cardinale voted off the musical island last week, "American Idol," there's one less contestant in the ranks of the Fox show. Talented? Sure she was. The fourth Idol? Obviously not.
Still in the hunt are Bo Bice, Anthony Fedorov, Mikalah Gordon, Constantine Maroulis, Anwar Robinson, Scott Savol, Nikko Smith, Vonzell Solomon, Carrie Underwood, Jessica Sierra and Nadia Turner. Tune in Tuesday to hear them sing and to vote for your favorite. On Wednesday, find out who gets sent packing. I've got my own predictions and hopes, as I'm sure you do too, but I'll hold back for a few weeks before making them known here.
WHAT SHOULD I WATCH? Glad you asked. Watch each selection below each day and your mind should expand (and keep your hands off the chips and ice cream or other parts of you will too):
Monday: Chart topper Omarion and Oscar nominated actress/singer/rapper Queen Latifah, both on NBC's "Tonight Show With Jay Leno."
Tuesday: Manchester, England's Doves on Leno and Louis XIV on ABC's "Jimmy Kimmel Live."
Wednesday: Fountains Of Wayne portray the Hollies on NBC's "American Dreams," which also features Five For Fighting's John Ondrasik... Later catch Ozzy Osbourne on Comedy Central's "The Daily Show With John Stewart," which is the only show on which the self-proclaimed "Prince of F***ing Darkness" should be allowed to appear regularly.
Thursday: Stick with NBC through the wee hours with Billy Idol on Leno, Kings Of Leon on "Late Night With Conan O'Brien" and Matisyahu on "Last Call With Carson Daly."
Friday: Reba McEntire and Sum 41 are both on the syndicated "Ellen DeGeneres Show," but don't expect them to jam together... Also, catch Sting on ABC's "Jimmy Kimmel Live," because he's doin' his stripped-down trio thing, which kind of recalls the Police.
Saturday: Wilco and Bright Eyes on PBS' "Austin City Limits" (check local listings)... what more could you want? OK, fine. Watch Keane on NBC's "Saturday Night Live," too, but turn the show off when host Paris Hilton is onscreen, OK? Thanks.
Sunday: Tom Petty returns to the voice cast of Fox's "King of the Hill." I'm startin' to think "that boy ain't right."