A Closer Look At Music On Television This Week (Nov. 1-7)

Fine Tuning - Weekly column highlighting music on TV (Nov. 1-7, 2004).

VOTE! If you are a registered U.S. voter, remember to vote on Tuesday, Nov. 2! If you're either not registered or not yet of voting age, then please encourage those you know who are to vote on Tuesday, Nov. 2. If you are reading this in a country outside of the United States, call or e-mail someone you know who is and encourage them to vote on Tuesday, Nov. 2.

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VOTE OR DIE! That's what Sean "P. Diddy" Combs has been saying for the last few months. As the hours of Tuesday's election day tick away, he'll be stopping by BET's "106 & Park" to discuss his non-partisan efforts to register voters and encourage turnout at the polls.

By Wednesday, the outcome of the election may or may not yet be decided. But don't fret, as you can count on grooving to the Presidents Of The United States Of America, who will be performing on NBC's "Last Call With Carson Daly."

JOHNNY COUGAR HE AIN'T: John Mellencamp is an American artist who is often not given his due. As a singer/songwriter, he has crafted pop and rock songs that are entertaining and reflective, often summing up the mood of the nation or advancing the cause of those in need.

As his "Words & Music: John Mellencamp's Greatest Hits" is released, the often reluctant star will be making the television rounds this week. On Monday, the full hour of the syndicated "Jane Pauley Show" will be dedicated to a review of his career, while on Thursday, you'll find him on NBC's "Last Call With Carson Daly." You can also catch him on the Encore movie channel in the 2002 film "A Lone Star State of Mind."

Seeing as that's still probably not good enough, I'm looking forward his turn on A&E's "Live By Request" next week.

GAMBLIN': There's no shortage of gambling on television these days, with dramas, reality shows and celebrity game shows all in the mix. On the drama side, you can catch the Black Eyed Peas making an appearance on NBC's "Vegas" on Monday night.

Then feel free to enter into the world of friendly competition that will benefit charities as Coolio and Meat Loaf sit down at the table to play "Celebrity Blackjack 2" on the Game Show Network with Cheryl Hines ("Curb Your Enthusiasm") and Mathew St. Patrick ("Six Feet Under").

On Sunday, look for Dave Navarro to pop up (again) on a new edition of Bravo's "Celebrity Poker Showdown." He'll be at the table with Jeff Garlan ("Curb Your Enthusiasm"), Angela Bassett ("Mr. 3000"), Emily Proctor ("CSI: Miami") and Mekhi Phifer ("Honey").

DAY-BY-DAY: The week is a very long seven days. Here's a guide to help you survive:

Monday: The Donnas rock hard and they'll be doing it on "The Late Show With David Letterman" (CBS).

Tuesday: Ruben Studdard will delight the daytime crowd on "Live With Regis & Kelly" (syndicated).

Wednesday: Pound it into your head: Joss Stone is an amazing young artist. Find out why on MTV's "Nokia Presents: Hard Rock Live."

Thursday: Diana Ross is a legend and she'll be sitting down to chat about it on "The View" (ABC).

Friday: It's Shania Twain Day, or so it would seem, as the Canadian country diva will be a guest on ABC's "Good Morning America" and will be featured on the CMT shows "Up Close and Personal" and "Insider: Special Edition."

Saturday: Alanis Morissette is funny. Funny enough to hang out with the "Mad TV" folks (Fox). She'll also revisit the past through an appearance on NBC's "American Dreams" on Sunday.

Sunday: It's been two decades since the landmark rockumentary spoof "Spinal Tap" was unleashed on the world and the Independent Film Channel will celebrate the milestone with the new original special, "Spinal Tap Goes To Twenty."