Fine Tuning - Weekly column highlighting music on TV during the week of June 16-22, 2003.
Warm weather! Fresh air! Who needs it? The cool glow of the television is all we need, especially when there's a plethora of music to tune in, sit down, and enjoy.
We're starting off with what may end up being the weirdest of the week: Jane's Addiction frontman, Lollapalooza founder, and all around far-out guy Perry Farrell will be the guest co-host all week long on ABC's "Jimmy Kimmell Live." Check out some of the guests that will sit down with Perry and Jimmy and you tell me if it's not gonna get just a little weird: Gary Busey, Mr. T, Dick Clark, Magic Johnson, and Steve-O. Oh yeah, all of Jane's Addiction will be there on Friday night's show to perform, so that's one you'll be sure not to miss.
Another all-week watch warning comes with VH1's five-part series "100 Greatest Songs of the Last 25 Years." Airing Monday through Friday at 10 p.m. ET, the show will count down some of the best songs you can remember: starting with Madonna's "Ray of Light" and ending with Nirvana's "Smells Like Teen Spirit" at No. 1. Oh stop! I didn't blow it... the network announced the full list last week. I won't give you all of it here, but let's just say it'll be worth your while to tune in and follow along.
Back on the odd side of things, following a pilot that aired in December, Sunday will see the series premiere of "Doggy Fizzle Televizzle" on MTV. This Snoop Dogg-hosted variety show -- taped at his home in Diamond Bar, Calif. -- is sure to put the shizzle in your nizzle.
Even weirder, there's two chances to catch "Weird Al" Yankovic on TV this week. First, he'll show up Tuesday night on VH1 with "Weird Al Presents: AL-TV." Fresh from releasing his latest set of parodies, "Poodle Hat" (Way Moby/Volcano), Al will "interview" Britney Spears, Justin Timberlake, and Eminem, as well as give his take on what's happening in music today. (Not enough accordions, I'm guessing.)
On Sunday, you can catch the Weird Al episode of "The Simpsons" on Fox, which aired earlier this season. Having realized he drives Marge crazy, Homer moves in with a gay couple, and Marge turns to Al to help her win back her Homer with a song: An Al version of John Mellencamp's "Jack & Diane." (It's the best show on television, even in summer reruns.)
During daylight hours, you'll find the Goo Goo Dolls, Madonna, and Queen Latifah all on the syndicated "Live With Regis and Kelly" on Tuesday, Train on CBS' "The Early Show" and Monica co-hosting ABC's "The View" on Wednesday, Ricky Martin with Regis & Kelly on Thursday, and Santana with Michelle Branch and the Calling's Alex Band on ABC's "Good Morning America" on Friday.
Late night highlights will be the Blue Man Group with Gavin Rossdale Monday and Jewel Tuesday on CBS' "The Late Late Show With Craig Kilborn," and the Dead's performance Thursday on CBS' "The Late Show With David Letterman."
'N Sync fans should take a nap Thursday, as the wee hours will find Justin Timberlake on NBC's "The Tonight Show With Jay Leno," and Joey Fatone sitting down with Kilborn.
Still, for all this music action, you won't be able to beat Friday night's episode of "A&E's Live By Request" with B.B. King and friends for quality. Now, there's no clue who his "friends" will be for the two-hour performance show, but he's 77 years old and has been performing for most of his life, so he knows just about everyone there is to know. Plus, his music alone is reason enough to settle in for the night and curl up with the blues.