Fine Tuning - A weekly column highlighting music-related television programming (Aug. 2-8, 2004)
GONE PHISHIN': Uber-jam band Phish is calling it quits in just a few weeks -- and just announced that more than $100,000 from its swan song Aug. 14-15 festival will be donated to local organizations in Vermont. On Monday, tune into PBS (check local listings) to see "IT: A Phish Concert Special," which will show you what a Phish fest is all about.
The 90-minute program will take viewers to the band's two-day "IT" event, which closed its 2003 summer tour at Loring Air Force Base in Limestone, Maine. The weekend-long concert included three sets by the band each day, as well as numerous attractions and art installations.
BEHIND BARS: The only place one can see up and coming rapper Shyne in person these days is in prison. On Thursday, fans can go inside thanks to "DFX & MTV News Present: Shyne." MTV's John Norris sits down for a jailhouse interview with the artist, who was convicted more than three years ago for a New York nightclub shooting.
SEACREST: OUT! If you love Ryan Seacrest, you'd better bulk up on watching his talk show "On-Air With Ryan Seacrest" as the plug has been pulled on the syndicated series. News came last week that Twentieth Television would cease production of the show, which taped its last episode on July 29.
Between now and Sept. 17, you'll be able to catch a mix of new and rebroadcast episodes. This week you can see the "American Idol" host chat it up with the likes of Dave Navarro (Monday), Morris Day (Tuesday), Lenny Kravitz (Thursday) and, on Friday's show, Macy Gray, the Calling and Mandy Moore.
MORE MORE MORE: There's a whole week to waste away in front of that television. Here's what you should be watching whilst you do it:
Monday: The Hives on "The Tonight Show With Jay Leno" (NBC).
Tuesday: "MTV's First Ever Reality Awards." Reality television becomes even more surreal with this, um, event.
Wednesday: Norah Jones on CBS' "The Early Show." She's worth getting up early to see and hear.
Thursday: Everybody's favorite lo-fi combo Yo La Tengo guests on CNBC's "McEnroe."
Friday: Now that her sister's got a No. 1 album, Jessica Simpson will try to turn the family fortunes her way again with a performance on NBC's "Today."
Saturday: "Little Steven's Underground Garage Project" on MTV2 will school you on garage rock, which is going save rock music, again. Or did it already do that, again? I can't keep up...
Sunday: Aerosmith guitarist Joe Perry has his own hot sauce. See him dish it up with a famous chef on the Food Network when he heads into the kitchen with "Emeril."