Fine Tuning - Weekly column highlighting music on TV (Feb. 14-20, 2005).
TOTALLY TORI: With new album ("The Beekeeper," Epic, Feb. 22) and book ("Tori Amos: Piece By Piece" co-written with Ann Powers," Broadway, Feb. 8), Tori Amos is a busy woman. This week begins a slate of promotional appearances that will find her all over your television in the coming weeks.
This week, you'll spot the enigmatic entertainer Friday on CBS' "The Late Show With David Letterman" and Saturday on NBC's "Today, Weekend Edition." Still to come are appearances on "The Carson Daly Show," "Live With Regis & Kelly," "The Big Idea With Donny Deutsch" and "A&E Breakfast With the Arts," but you'll have to wait...
THEY'RE PLAYIN' BAS-KET-BALL... They're stars in various arenas, but not necessarily on the hardwood, but that won't stop a whole bunch of folks from taking part in the NBA All-Star Celebrity Game, Friday night on ESPN. Watch for Nelly, Ryan Cabrera, Ice Cube, Sugar Ray's Mark McGrath, Jermaine Dupri and Brian McKnight to shoot hoops with a few actors and a host of NBA and WNBA players.
And Ciara will turn in a halftime performance to boot.
GRAMMY NOTE: Hats off (literally) to Melissa Etheridge, who stole the show at the 47th annual Grammy Awards last week. Newly bald thanks to radiation therapy in the wake of breast cancer surgery, the singer not only showed incredible personal strength and confidence, she also showed folks what she does best with a howling version of Janis Joplin's "Piece of My Heart" with Joss Stone.
I only with the all-star "Across the Universe" performance was half as good, or as good as its intentions. Nonetheless, if it's what it takes to get you to contribute to tsunami relief efforts, head over to Apple's iTunes music store to download your own copy.
If you're looking for more Grammy music, check out winners Los Lonely Boys Monday on Kimmel (ABC) or Mavis Staples (who performed with Kanye West) on Leno (NBC); Blind Boys Of Alabama Tuesday on Leno or Green Day on Conan (NBC); and Joss Stone Friday on Leno.
I NEED TIVO! For various reasons, I am, at present, trapped in a VCR world. This necessitates more work than should be required to ensure I don't miss some of the stuff I want to see on TV this week, which is just a damned shame, don't you think? You'll have it a bit easier, with this handy guide of choice daily picks:
Monday: John Mellencamp surprising a worthy family on "Extreme Makeover" (ABC).
Tuesday: "American Idol" (Fox) on Tuesday and Wednesday as the field is finally whittled down to 12 male and 12 female finalists... Then catch They Might Be Giants on Conan (NBC).
Wednesday: Family act the Five Browns on "The Tony Danza Show" (syndicated)... and "Idol," as mentioned above, of course.
Thursday: Lee Ann Womack in the morning on "Good Morning America" (ABC) and in the evening "Primetime Live: Michael Jackson's Secret World With Martin Bashir" on the same network.
Friday: Black Eyed Peas' will.i.am is not God, but he will play him/her on TV, appearing in an episode of CBS' "Joan of Arcadia."
Saturday: Keith Urban and John Fogerty mix things up on "CMT Crossroads" and rapper 50 Cent spits rhymes on "Saturday Night Live" (NBC).
Sunday: Take a trip back to a television institution's glory days on "Live From New York: The First 5 Years of Saturday Night Live" (NBC). Along with yuks and chuckles, you find clips of performances by the Rolling Stones, Elvis Costello, the Grateful Dead, Patti Smith, the Band, Blondie, George Harrison, Paul Simon, Ray Charles and more.