Fine Tuning - Weekly column highlighting music on TV during the week of Nov. 17-23, 2003.
The Britney Spears train continues to roll this week with a slew of appearances on Monday, the day before the U.S. release of her latest Jive album "In the Zone."
Things will kick off with ABC's primetime special "Britney Spears: In the Zone," that captures performance footage recently shot at New York's Gotham Hall and behind-the scenes stuff.
Later, on the same network, she'll join Hank Williams Jr. for a rendition of his "Monday Night Football" theme "Are You Ready for Some Football." Even later, look for Spears on NBC's "The Tonight Show With Jay Leno."
Rivaling Spears somewhat will be LeAnn Rimes, who will be out and about as well. She'll visit CBS' "Late Late Show With Craig Kilborn" on Monday, star in her own "MWL Special: LeAnn Rimes Live" Tuesday on CMT, and take center stage on Great American Country's weekly broadcast of "Grand Ole Opry" live on Saturday.
But, surely, that can't be all of the musical highlights for the week? Not even close.
Stick with "Monday Night Football" to check out the Barenaked Ladies and Nickelback joining the halftime "Monday at the Mic" competition. The former will playing with San Diego Chargers quarterback/drummer Doug Flutie, while the latter will see New Orleans Saints center Jerry Fontenot joining them on guitar. There's also a football game, should you want to watch it (Pittsburgh Steelers v. San Francisco 49ers).
As Tuesday will bring the release of the Beatles "Let It Be ... Naked" (Apple/Capitol), ABC will dig into the stripped down release on "Good Morning America," while VH1 will premiere a new video for "Get Back." That night, the Strokes will make another visit to NBC's "Late Night With Conan O'Brien."
Wednesday offers a late night musical field day with Cyndi Lauper on CBS' "The Late Show With David Letterman," OutKast on Leno, Big Tymers on ABC's "Jimmy Kimmel Live" and P.O.D. on NBC's "Last Call With Carson Daly."
On Thursday, wake up to Ludacris yukking it up on "Live With Regis & Kelly" (Syndicated). There's another set of late night treats, too, with Al Green on Leno, Master P on Conan, Elvis Costello on Kilborn and both Kid Rock and Robert Bradley on Daly.
Friday brings UPN's taped broadcast of the Vibe Awards: Beats, Style, Flavor." Hosted by Queen Latifah, it's got a list of R&B/hip-hop stars that would make most events green with envy. Keep an eye out for Mary J. Blige, Outkast, Missy Elliott, Eve, Ludacris, Chingy and more.
Saturday's edition of the syndicated "Soul Train" will tribute the Isley Brothers, while MTV will present "MC Battle II: The Takeover in Times Square" with special guest Jay-Z.
And on Sunday, check out Michelle Branch singing during halftime of the MLS Cup on ABC during the afternoon. Then at night, catch Hilary Duff and kid sister Haylie Duff on NBC's "American Dreams" as the Shangri-Las and Liza Minnelli guesting on Fox's "Arrested Development."