Fine Tuning - A weekly column highlighting music-related television programming (Dec. 20-26)
HOLIDAY HOME STRETCH: This is it... Christmas comes this week, so it's the last hurrah for holiday programming. And there's quite a bit to stoke your Yule log, to boot.
On Wednesday, CBS will air what is possibly the most heartfelt of all seasonal specials, "A Home for the Holidays." Hosted by actor/singer Jamie Foxx, this annual broadcast is presented in association with the Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption
and the Children's Action Network, making viewers aware of the thousands of children in the foster care system hoping to be adopted. Musically, the show will feature Kenny G, Chaka Khan, Rod Stewart, Train, Black Eyed Peas and Ashlee Simpson, with actors Jamie Lee Curtis, Rene Russo and Bruce Willis also slated to take part.
Also on Wednesday, PBS will offer "Christmas With the Mormon Tabernacle Choir," while on Thursday PAX hosts "Night of Joy" with gospel/Christian music stars Kirk Franklin, Steven Curtis Chapman, Jars Of Clay, Michael W. Smith, Rebecca St. James, CeCe Winans, Jaci Velasquez and Jump5.
Friday brings the bound to be fun "VH1 Classic Acoustic Holiday Concert" featuring the motley mix of the Smithereens, George Thorogood, Amy Grant, Richard Marx, John Waite and the Brian Setzer Orchestra.
On Saturday, Christmas Day, Trio features "A Motown Christmas" with Destiny's Child, Stevie Wonder, Thelma Houston, Brian McKnight, Take 6, the Temptations, and India.Arie, while MTV2 offers up a wacky slate with "The Osbourne Family Christmas Special" with everyone from Marilyn Manson and OutKast's Big Boi to DMX, Rob Zombie and Britney Spears, among many, many others.
ABC will air the "Walt Disney World Christmas Day Parade," hosted by Regis Philbin and Kelly Ripa, and featuring appearances by Mariah Carey, Julie Andrews, Raven Symone, Wynonna, Shedaisy, Ashanti, Stacie Orrico, Ashanti, Josh Gracin, Diana DeGarmo and Christy Carlson Romano.
Michael McDonald will perform during' NBC's "Capital One Holiday Celebration on Ice," with skaters Todd Eldredge, Kristi Yamaguchi and Alexei Yagudin. And Biography will rebroadcast "A&E's Live by Request: A Barry Manilow Christmas," which boasted guest appearances by Jose Feliciano, Cyndi Lauper and Bette Midler.
HO-HO-HOLIDAY: Yes, there's more! Most days, early morning and late night will be jammed with holiday music from popular artists, plus there's some other tasty treats, too!
Monday: Chris Isaak on NBC's "Today," Tony Bennett on ABC's "The View" and the Brian Setzer Orchestra on NBC's "The Tonight Show With Jay Leno." Plus, CBS' "The Early Show" is airing the first of a two-part interview Madonna (continued on Tuesday).
Tuesday: Robert Downey Jr. reportedly stole the show in paying tribute to Elton John, and you can see it for yourself on "The 27th Annual Kennedy Center Honors: A Celebration of the Performing Arts" on CBS. And there's more Madonna in the morning.
Wednesday: Big Bad Voodoo Daddy on "The Tonight Show With Jay Leno" on NBC, while ABC hosts "Jimmy Kimmel Live's Non-Denominational All-Star Celebrity Holiday Special" with Green Day, Chris Isaak, Kenny G and Flavor Flav, among others.
Thursday: On CBS, Barry Manilow stops by "The Early Show" and Darlene Love check in on "The Late Show With David Letterman." Also, don't miss E!'s broadcast of the Nobel Peace Prize Concert with Diana Krall, Tony Bennett, Patti LaBelle, Cyndi Lauper, Baaba Maal, Andrea Bocelli, Chris Botti, the Polyphonic Spree, Sondre Lerche and Joss Stone. Wow!
Friday: Christmas cheer abounds in the morning show wars with Destiny's Child on CBS, Michael Feinstein on NBC and Josh Groban on ABC.
Saturday: On Christmas Day, it's a toss up between Julie Andrews in NBC's broadcast of the classic "The Sound of Music" and Trio's retro "Judy Garland Christmas Show" with Mel Torme and others.
Sunday: Clean up the mess of wrapping and put together all of the toys while watching VH1 Classic's "All Star Jams" marathon with Jackson Browne, George Thorogood, Morris Day, Judas Priest, Eric Burdon and more.