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A Closer Look At Music On Television This Week (Nov. 15-21)

Fine Tuning - Weekly column highlighting music on TV (Nov. 15-21, 2004).

IT'S EMINEM'S WORLD: And you're just living in it.

With the release of his latest album, "Encore" (Interscope), Eminem is pulling out most of the stops. Following last weekend's appearance on NBC's "Saturday Night Live," the Detroit-based rapper is making a pair of appearances on MTV this week.

On Tuesday, he'll spend his afternoon with Carson Daly on "Total Request Live," while on Wednesday, he sits for the comprehensive look "MTV News Now: The Evolution of Eminem." If you need more of an Em fix, check out Thursday's "2004 MTV Europe Video Music Awards" on MTV2.

D.L. BRINGS IN THE STARS: With a full week behind the desk on CBS' officially hostless "The Late Late Show," guest host D.L. Hughley will be welcoming quite an array of stars. Check in with him on Monday when opera star Andrea Bocelli will perform, Wednesday for Switchfoot and Thursday with Nellie McKay.

In addition to the music, he'll also have a star-studded guest chair being filled by the likes of Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Vivica A. Fox, Bryan Cranston and more.

BEST BETS: These picks won't help you win at the track, but you'll find a smile on your face if you watch and listen through the week:

Monday: Plunk down some Pay Per View cash to catch a stellar cast on stage for the Gram Parsons Tribute Concert. Taped a few months back, the shows featured John Doe, Steve Earle, Jim Lauderdale, Keith Richards, Lucinda Williams, Dwight Yoakam, James Burton, Jay Farrar, Raul Malo, Norah Jones and Kathleen Edwards

Tuesday: Morrissey rarely does the TV thing, so tune into CBS' "The Late Show With David Letterman" to catch the former Smiths frontman doing the solo thing.

Wednesday: A big day on MTV's "Total Request Live" with Good Charlotte, Maroon5 and Clay Aiken all featured. Expect young ladies to swoon.

Thursday: The Flaming Lips are better than your average modern rock act. See why on NBC's "Late Night With Conan O'Brien."

Friday: Alf's a puppet, yet he's still got his own talk show on TV Land. And he's got the amazing Leon Redbone stopping by, so you should do the same.

Saturday: It's no secret that They Might Be Giants are one of my all time favorite bands. Get the inside scoop on why they are who they are and why they matter by watching last year's 20th anniversary documentary "Gigantic (A Tale of Two Johns)" on the Sundance Channel. (plus, catch U2 on "Saturday Night Live" on NBC!)

Sunday: Few rock stars go to the brink of destruction and come back to tell tales. Eric Clapton has and it's why his A&E "Biography" episode will be compelling to say the least.