A Closer Look At Music On Television This Week (Sept. 20-26)

Fine Tuning - Weekly column highlighting music on TV (Sept. 20-26, 2004).

URBAN LEGEND: Keith Urban is a country superstar in the making. With the release of his latest album, "Be Here" (Capitol Records Nashville), look for him a couple of times on television this week.

On Wednesday, he'll be dropping by ABC's "Good Morning America," but it's Sunday where fans will really get to know him. The CMT special >"Keith Urban: The Road To Be Here" will go behind the scenes of the making of the new album, and get up close and personal with country's next big thing.

ELVIS SIGHTINGS: The ever prolific Elvis Costello has two new albums -- the rock set "The Delivery Man" (Lost Highway) and "Il Sogno" (Deutsche Grammophon). Accordingly, he's out and about...

First you'll find him Monday making a guest appearance on the season premiere episode of the CBS sitcom "Two and a Half Men." Then on Wednesday, he's on a show he once guest-hosted, "The Late Show With David Letterman" (CBS), on Thursday on the syndicated "Live With Regis & Kelly" and Friday on NBC's "Late Night With Conan O'Brien."

WHO'S NEXT? There are tons of new artists... but how can you possibly know who's good or what? Of course, you could always just read Billboard and Billboard.com, but you're a TV junkie who wants more. OK, read on...

On Tuesday,"VH1 Inside Track Live" will give you some insight by showcasing Maroon5, Joss Stone, Jamie Cullum and Keane.

Then on Saturday, "MTV's Advance Warning" on MTV2 will showcase Rachael Yamagata, Keane, Jim Jones, Matchbook Romance, Slim Thug, Rupee, My Chemical Romance and Hope Of The States.

SO MUCH MORE: There's so many music personalities on television, it's hard to choose responsibly. Follow this guide to guarantee pleasure:

Monday: Veteran rappers LL Cool Jand Flavor Flav are on "Jimmy Kimmel Live." One's got a grip on reality and a great new album. The other is on a reality show and has a tentative grasp of the here and now. You figure out who's who and get back to me.

Tuesday: Mac Davis and Montgomery Gentry will be on hand to welcome new show "Rodney" to ABC.

Wednesday: John Fogerty takes on all comers on A&E's "Live By Request."

Thursday: Mos Def is a talented rapper and actor and he's stopping by "The Late Show With David Letterman" (CBS).

Friday: "Shark Tale" is a crazy movie with a crazy soundtrack. MTV2 gives you the skinny on its "Shark Tale Soundtrack Special."

Saturday: It's a rerun, but Justin Timberlake's hosting turn on "Saturday Night Live" was pretty damned funny. Watch it.

Sunday: NBC's "American Dreams" is back for a third season, on which Ben Taylor will join the cast and make his television acting debut. Also, Brandy will portray Gladys Knight and Gavin DeGraw will perform Smokey Robinson's "Tracks of My Tears."