Fine Tuning

A Closer Look Music On Television This Week

OK. We're facing a second week in a row without any "American Idol" competition. We're moving on. We're strong. Deep breaths...

Any MTV live event is due to draw music folks, even if it is the MTV Movie Awards. On Thursday night, look for 50 Cent, Pink, and Russian duo t.A.T.u. performing for a house full of Hollywood's favorites at the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles.Justin Timberlake will be co-hosting along with Sean William Scott ("Dude, Where's My Car?"). If you miss it, don't sweat -- it'll re-run immediately after it's conclusion at around 11:30 p.m. ET (and several times on Saturday and Sunday).

Billboard Century Award honoree John Mellencamp has recorded an album of standards, and he'll be out promoting it with a series of television appearances this week. Things will kick off Monday with a performance on CBS' "The Late Show With David Letterman." On Tuesday, it's ABC's "Good Morning America," followed by an interview Saturday on HBO's "On the Record With Bob Costas." (Carson Daly gets a visit on NBC next week).

Hands down, the late night music appearance of the week is a performance by legendary punk act the Buzzcocks on CBS' "Late Late Show With Craig Kilborn" on Friday. Also worth staying up for will be Method Man's guest co-host stint on ABC's "Jimmy Kimmell Live" and Jewel Monday night on "The Tonight Show With Jay Leno."

While not everyone can count on summer Fridays to bring early-closing office hours, you can be sure there will be live music on the streets of New York on at least one of the broadcast network morning shows. This week NBC's "Today" will showcase Train in Rockefeller Plaza, while a few blocks away in Times Square, ABC's "Good Morning America" will put Third Eye Blind on stage.

"Saturday Night Live" is done for the year, but repeats bring Beyonce back this weekend. The show also features host Dan Akroyd and Jim Belushi and the Sacred Hearts for those into the Blues Brothers thing. If you've seen it already, check out Comedy Central's rather hysterical "Chapelle's Show"; also in reruns, this week features Slum Village guest on the comedian's show. To rip off an old NBC catch phrase, "If you haven't seen it, it's new to you."

Wrap up your week with a little class and tune into "Breakfast With the Arts" on Sunday to catch Andrea Bocelli. The PBS show will present a special concert performance by the singer mixed with a documentary about his life.

Keep the tux on for the live broadcast of the Tony Awards on CBS on Sunday night. Billy Joel, whose music is the basis of the 10-times nominated musical "Movin' Out," will perform in Times Square. He may also pick up his own Tony, as he's nominated for with and Stuart Malina are up for best orchestrations for their work, while Twyla Tharp is among the best choreography nominees for her contribution to the musical. Lead actors John Seyla and Elizabeth Parkinson also earned best performance nominations.

"Hairspray" leads the list wtih 13 nominations, so you'll be sure to see a raucous number from the musical during the show. Based on the 1998 John Waters film of the same name, the show also a netted best original score nomination, as well as best performance notices for leading actor Harvey Fierstein and actress Marissa Jaret Winokur. You can also expect performances from "A Year With Frog And Toad," and musical revival nominees "Nine," "Man Of La Mancha" and "Gypsy."