Fine Tuning - Weekly column highlighting music on TV (Sept. 13-19, 2004).
DON'T CALL IT A COMEBACK: It used to be that pop artists faded from view after their time in the sun had run its course. These days, television is choked by the stars of the past, some in laudable attempts to extend their careers, while others seem out to recapture past glories or cash in one last time.
On Tuesday, you can see both. The duo of Roland Orzabal and Curt Smith have reunited after a lengthy estrangement to work again as Tears For Fears ("Shout," "Everybody Wants To Rule the World"). They'll be promoting a new album with an appearance on NBC's "The Tonight Show With Jay Leno."
On the other hand, you can also see one time Skid Row frontman Sebastian Bach as the headlining star of the VH1 reality series "I Married..." The show details the life of the former star turned suburban dad.
Other blasts from the past on TV this week include Nancy Sinatra ("The Big Idea With Donny Deutsch," CNBC Wednesday), Anita Baker ("The Ellen DeGeneres Show," syndicated Thursday) and Cyndi Lauper "Today, Weekend Edition" (NBC Saturday).
EXTENDING YOUR 15 MINUTES... or 55 hours, as it were. Jason Alexander is a distinct pop culture footnote as Britney Spears' first husband -- the two were married in Las Vegas and divorced just over two days later. He'll be appearing Monday on "The Larry Elder Show" (syndicated) to discuss the union and give his opinion of Brit's pic for a second wedded partner, former backup dancer Kevin Federline.
HEARTACHES BY THE DOZEN: While romances gone sour have been fodder for music forever, it seems that country does it best. Proving that point is "40 Greatest Done Me Wrong Songs," airing Saturday on CMT. The show will delve into tunes about heartbreak with a host of country's best, including Garth Brooks, Patsy Cline, George Jones, Loretta Lynn, Reba McEntire, Willie Nelson, Dolly Parton, Kenny Rogers, Tanya Tucker, Shania Twain, Hank Williams, Keith Urban, Conway Twitty and many more.
FOR THE LOVE OF ALL THAT IS SACRED: Keep watching television! Stop cleaning up, paying bills and doing all of those things you should be doing and watch more TV. The country is counting on you.
Here are a few options to assist in the fulfillment of you patriotic duty:
Monday: The Canadian Country Music Awards on CMT, because with a track record that includes Shania Twain, Carolyn Dawn Johnson and Anne Murray, it seems the Great White North has more than just a little country in its country.
Tuesday: Jill Scott continues to make refreshingly great music straight out of Philly, and she's bringing it to ABC's "Jimmy Kimmel Live."
Wednesday: You love Nelly, and he's giving you two new albums, "Sweat" and "Suit" to show you his thanks. Now watch him rip it up on MTV's "Nokia Presents Hard Rock Live."
Thursday: She's not J.Lo anymore... That's just a brand name for music and fashion and perfume and other consumables. She's Jennifer again, and you can find her on the inexplicably still running NBC sitcom "Will & Grace." And Harry Connick Jr.'s back to boot.
Friday: Gene Simmons is the unrepentant sometime repugnant but always interesting bassist of Kiss. He's also a guest star on NBC's "Third Watch."
Saturday: Along with being a talented, a budding singer and oh-so-adorable, Lindsay Lohan is funny. She' proved it on "Saturday Night Live" a few months back. Check out the rerun this week, which also features musical guest Usher.
Sunday: Indulge your jones for new music... Watch MTV's "Subterranean" and give in to Snow Patrol.