A Closer Look At Music-Related Television This Week

Fine Tuning - Weekly column highlighting music on TV during the week of June 23-29, 2003.

Ah, the sounds of summer. There's just so much live music on the tube, and this week most of it will be featured on the daily and nightly talk and news shows.

Friday, as will be the case for the next few months, finds live music on NBC's "Today" and ABC's "Good Morning America." This week you'll see hot young female artists on both, representing different ends of the musical spectrum. Destiny's Child's Beyonce will strut her solo stuff on "Today," while "GMA" will feature LeAnn Rimes.

Monday night you can choose to rock out with Michelle Branch ("The Late Show With David Letterman" on CBS), Train ("The Tonight Show With Jay Leno" on NBC), and Powerman 5000 ("The Late Late Show With Craig Kilborn" on CBS).

It's throwback Tuesday on the syndicated "Live With Regis & Kelly," where Don McClean will serve up a slice of his "American Pie." At night, the lovely Liz Phair will rock Leno and Huey Lewis & the News will show up on NBC's "Late Night With Conan O'Brien."

Wednesday, Lonestar's on ABC's "The View," Nick Cave's on with Letterman, P. Diddy, Nelly and Murphy Lee on Leno, and ABC's "Jimmy Kimmel Live" has Joe Budden. Incidentally, Jimmy's guest co-host this week is riotous comedian David Cross, who will undoubtedly spark up the proceedings a bit.

It doesn't slow down on Thursday, as Blu Cantrell and Snoop Dogg both guest with Leno, Nelly and Trapt visit Kimmel, Gillian Welch polishes up Conan, Monica stops by Kilborn, and Guster resurfaces on NBC's "Last Call With Carson Daly."

Are you still with me? Good, because Friday, besides the morning concerts, has touring mates Ben Harper and Jack Johnson showing up on Daly's show.

There's a couple of good kudos fests to see too, as all sorts of stars show up for the "3rd Annual BET Awards" on Tuesday and Fox airs the "2003 Essence Awards" on Friday.

Lastly, if your like most of America, one of your favorite pastimes is peering into the private life of Britney Spears. That being the case, check out "The Fabulous Life" on VH1 on Friday, which will focus on the 21-year-old superstar, or the E! channel's "It's Good To Be" on Sunday. Both will put Spears under the microscope for our delight.

For a little more Britney, check out VH1's "50 Greatest Teen Idols of All Time" on Saturday. There you'll see where she stacks up against the likes of David Cassidy, Duran Duran, Andy Gibb, the Jackson 5, Menudo, the Monkees, New Edition, New Kids On The Block, Donny & Marie and so many more.