Fine Tuning - Weekly column highlighting music on TV (Jan. 10-16, 2005).
BECAUSE YOU CAN: That's why you should donate whatever you can afford to tsunami relief efforts. It doesn't matter if its five bucks or 500, it all helps. And there are plenty of ways to donate, quickly and easily through such organizations as Music for Relief, the Red Cross, Oxfam, Doctors Without Borders and UNICEF, just to name a few.
Americans have already personally donated a tremendous amount to the relief efforts, and on Saturday, NBC Universal will offer one more. The company is marshalling the power of all of its broadcast and cable/satellite outlets to host "Tsunami Aid: A Concert of Hope." Actor George Clooney will host the two-hour fundraiser, which will feature performances by Sheryl Crow, Kenny Chesney, Christina Aguilera and Tim McGraw.
It will be seen on NBC, USA, Bravo, Trio, SCI FI, MSNBC, MSNBC and CNBC, live at 8 p.m. ET on the East Coast and rebroadcast at 8 p.m. PT in the West. It will also air multiple times on some of the cable/satellite platforms, with phone lines open continuously to accept donations.
BECAUSE THERE ARE SEVEN DAYS... and 24 hours in each of them, you need a lot of programming to fill 'em all. Why not consider some of these recommendations:
Monday: The immortal B.B. King on CBS' "The Late Show With David Letterman."
Tuesday: N Sync's Lance Bass in the finals of Game Show Network's "Celebrity Blackjack 2" along with Jason Alexander, Kelli Williams and Jeff Probst.
Wednesday: Sure it's previously recorded, but the broadcast of Green Day's perform of the the full nine-minute version of "Jesus of Suburbia" will still be worth checking out on NBC's "Last Call With Carson Daly."
Thursday: Ozzy Osbourne is a funny guy, and that's a well-documented fact. He and wife/manager Sharon will be proving that fact on NBC's "The Tonight Show With Jay Leno."
Friday: The Game raps his latest on ABC's "Jimmy Kimmel Live" with special guest 50 Cent.
Saturday: After you give 'til it hurts during the NBC telethon, check out Trey Anastasio on PBS' "Austin City Limits."
Sunday: The Golden Globe Awards are traditionally the most enjoyable such broadcast, and this year's sure to be a winner with Robin Williams receiving a special honor, and Prince (really) as one of the presenters.