A Closer Look At Music-Related Television This Week
Beyonce fans get ready. Saturday night, Ms. Knowles will be the star of a Pay-Per-View special live from the Ford Motor Company's 100th Anniversary Celebration in Dearborn, Mich. "Beyonce Knowles, Friends & Family Live" will also feature her fellow Destiny's Child members Michelle Williams and Kelly Rowland, as well as Play and her sister Solange Knowles.
Now, there's a toss up for this week's quirkiest offering. Is it country star Brad Paisley performing Tuesday on a Nashville-themed episode of the Food Network's "Emeril Live"? Or is it Wednesday night's game four of the NBA finals, where prior to the game's start jam band Phish will sing the National Anthem. (Personally, I'm leaning towards the fish out of water scenario for the big hoops game. But really, it's up to you to decide.)
The highlight of the late night scene comes Monday night as several members of the celebrated Marsalis family converge on "The Tonight Show With Jay Leno" (NBC) stage. The show will feature pianist patriarch Ellis, and sons Branford (tenor sax), Delfeayo (trombone), and Jason (drums). Ellis will also be featured as part of A&E's "Breakfast With the Arts" on Sunday as the program visits New Orleans.
Other bright spots in the wee hours will be Australian alt-country artist Kasey Chambers Thursday night on "Late Night With Conan O'Brien" and John Mellencamp the same evening on "Last Call With Carson Daly," both on NBC.
If you're an early riser, Friday will see the stunning Annie Lennox entertaining outside of NBC's Rockefeller Center studios on "Today," while the transformed Jewel will visit with the women of ABC's "The View" on Thursday.
Now, if you're looking to study up on your music history, start using that digital cable or satellite dish to your advantage and stay in on Thursday night. "Great Balls of Fire," the 1989 bio-pic of "the Killer," Jerry Lee Lewis is on Flix (and features Denis Quaid as Lewis, as well as appearances by John Doe, Jimmy Vaughan, and Mojo Nixon).
Or you can get trippy in the desert and watch the 1991 Oliver Stone film "The Doors" on Love Stories, one of the niche-oriented Encore movie channels. Val Kilmer stars as a very convincing Jim Morrison in this wild, romantic, and destructive tale of one of the great rock bands.
Polish your week off on Sunday with a pair of MTV family offerings. Radiohead's rare small venue show last week at New York's Beacon Theater was captured and will be seen on MTV2. Then, for laughs, MTV will supply "Snoop to the Extreme," which promises to be the, erm, fashizzle, or something like that.