A look at music television highlights for the week of April 14-20, 2003.
"American Idol" fans will want to stay up for NBC's "Tonight Show With Jay Leno" on Monday as inaugural season winner Kelly Clarkson will perform and likely sit down with Jay for a chat about her forthcoming RCA album, movie with "Idol" runner-up Justin Guarini, and the second season of the smash reality show. Later in the week Jay's got Tori Amos (Wednesday), matchbox twenty (Thursday), and Ziggy Marley (Friday).
Speaking of "American Idol," what happened to Rickey? America didn't feel it for him, dawg, so he was ousted last week after the Billboard No. 1s theme show. Seven remain on what's becoming an obsession for viewers from all walks of life. Who's your favorite? Mine is _____! (Sorry, just I can't do that... It wouldn't be fair.) Tune into Fox on Tuesday for the next round of competition, and again on Wednesday to see who makes the cut.
Can I get a witness? Hip-hop gets its due this week on VH1 as the music channel recognizes the titans of the genre with "50 Greatest Hip-Hop Artists," premiering Friday night. Sean "Piddy" Combs hosts this two-hour special which features interviews with such hip-hop legends as Afrika Bambaataa, Public Enemy's Chuck D., Grandmaster Flash, MC Hammer, and KRS-One, as well as newer artists Snoop Dogg, Outkast, Busta Rhymes, Eve, and Nelly.
While you're getting ready for work on Tuesday and Wednesday andThursday and Friday, NBC's "Today" will feature Matt Lauer's interviews with Fleetwood Mac. The veteran band's got a new album and tour on tap, and with so many interpersonal relationships intertwined within the group, there's always plenty to talk about. The week will wrap with a live performance outside the show's New York studios on Friday.
Saturday night on CMT, "Grand Ole Opry Live" does what it does best as it packs a show with country legends and up-and-coming favorites. This week, look for George Jones, Brad Paisley, and Trick Pony on Nashville's vaunted stage. And if it's the ladies you're interested in, the network's "40 Greatest Women of Country Music" special airs on Sunday night.
On Wednesday, check out TLC's Rozonda "Chilli" Thomas playing a sexy nurse (no lie) on Fox's "That '70s Show." Later in the week Motley Crue's Vince Neil stars as, um, Vince Neil on the WB sitcom "Greetings From Tuscon" on Friday.
You simply can't get enough Madonna, right? MTV2 is banking on it on Friday night and Saturday, with all sorts of specials mined from the MTV vaults. Tune in to see "Ultra Sound" (1998), "Breakfast With Madonna" (1990), "Dinner With Madonna" (1990), "About Madonna: No Bull - The Making of Take a Bow" (1994)," "The New Madonna: The Making of 'Evita'" (1997), and the retrospective "Madonna Raw - The Early Years."
Also on Saturday, cable business channel CNBC will present "Fame and Fortune: The Music Business," an hour-long special examining what's right and wrong about the industry. Among those interviewed are Jon Bon Jovi, Richie Sambora, Sean "P. Diddy" Combs, Diane Warren, Deana Carter, Arista Records CEO Antonio "LA" Reid, Virgin Entertainment Group president/CEO Glen Ward, and Spin magazine editor in chief Sia Michel.
Guilty pleasure alert! Fashionistas Joan and Melissa Rivers will pull their claws out one more time as they review red carpet walkers from the award show season on "The 2003 Golden Hanger Awards" Monday night on E! Grammy contenders Gwen Stefani and Nelly are among the targets bound to have their get-ups shaken down by the Rivers' and fashion expert Leon Hall. Take an hour break from the heavy news of the world and enjoy a catty free-for-all! And if you miss it, don't worry -- E! will be rerunning the special time and time again all week long.