A Closer Look At Music & Television This Week (Sept. 6-12, 2004)

Fine Tuning - A weekly column highlighting music-related television programming (Sept. 6-12, 2004)

ELLEN'S BACK! It's premiere week for the syndicated "Ellen DeGeneres Show." The daytime (depending on where you are in the country) talk show has been a surprise smash, drawing in all sorts of fans of the host's comedy and laid back style.

Among her guests this week are Kelly Clarkson (Monday) and Brandy (Tuesday), as well as a whole bunch of non-musical celebrities to fill time (kidding!).

'REUNITED,' AND IT FEELS SO GOOD: OK, so the ambush thing might be a bit harsh on some of the members of some of the groups. And, in some cases, the whole thing seems a bit like a set up. So what? VH1's "Bands Reunited" tries, sometimes in vain, to get the members of 1980s pop acts to heal old wounds, nip out from their day jobs and get back together for a night of reclaimed glory.

Contrived? Surely. Fun? Absolutely.

Even though you'd never really spent any time hoping that Kajagoogoo would reconvene, last season proved it could be interesting television for music fans.

The show's second season returns this week with a full slate of promise. Potentially reuniting are Haircut 100 (Monday), New Kids On The Block (Tuesday), ABC (Wednesday), the English Beat (Thursday) and the Motels (Friday). Not to be missed.

BUT WAIT, THERE'S MORE! Act now and I'll throw in musical highlights of the coming week. That's right, seven -- count 'em -- seven picks to help you make the most of your channel surfing to come.

Monday: Jill Scott visits "Regis & Kelly" (syndicated, check local listings). It's a welcome time for the return of her Philly soul.

Tuesday: Nelly's got two new albums coming and will be hard to miss in the near future. Check him out on "The Tonight Show With Jay Leno" (NBC).

Wednesday: Late night goes country as Alan Jackson visits "The Late Show With David Letterman" (CBS) and Tim McGraw drops in on "Jimmy Kimmel Live" (ABC).

Thursday: Are you ready for some... Destiny's Child? The trio is back in the game will join Mary J. Blige, Elton John, Toby Keith, Lenny Kravitz and Jessica Simpson to welcome the new football season at the "NFL Opening Kickoff" celebration (ABC).

Friday: Although there's nary a hairdresser among their ranks, the Scissor Sisters have been turning heads. Check 'em out on "Late Night With Conan O'Brien."

Saturday: So, Sum 41 made a video for "We're All to Blame." You can watch the thrilling process on MTV2's "Sum 41 Makes a Video."

Sunday: Destiny's Child is back, again! The pop vocal group will join Damon Wayans to find out if someone will win "Pepsi Play for a Billion" on ABC. Also, if you missed it the first time around, be sure to tune into CMT to watch "The Johnny Cash Memorial Tribute."