A Closer Look At Music On Television This Week

Fine Tuning - A weekly column highlighting music-related television programming (Dec. 15-21, 2003).

Christmas is still coming and holiday programming is still warming up your television this week. Among the sounds of the season:

• "Jingle Ball Rock" - Monday night, Fox will puts a few of pop's biggest female stars on stage as its holiday present to viewers. Jennifer Lopez, Jessica Simpson, Kelly Clarkson, Beyoncé and Hilary Duff are all set to appear.

&149; "TD Jakes Presents Follow the Star - Wednesday on BET, gospel takes over with the likes of Kirk Whalum, Beverly Crawford, Donald Lawrence, Aaron Neville, Vickie Winans, Darwin Hobbs, Paul Jackson, Jr., Mary Mary and Smokie Norful joining Bishop T.D. Jakes for a spiritual celebration of the season at the Potter's House in Dallas.

• "Today" - The Saturday edition of the NBC morning show will find country star Patty Loveless performing holiday songs during the show.

• "Breakfast With the Arts" - Start your Sunday morning with A&E's signature program, where Cyndi Lauper, Mark O'Connor and Rufus Wainwright will perform holiday favorites.

• "Aaron Tippin's a December to Remember" - Also on Sunday, Great American Country presents a new special from artist Aaron Tippin.

But, it's not all about the holidays. There are other reasons to watch television for your musical moments.

"Monday Night Football" will wrap its "Monday at the Mic" feature as fans will choose either San Diego Chargers quarterback Doug Flutie's drummer with Barenaked Ladies or Atlanta Falcons defensive back Bryan Scott's percussion behind Michelle Branch as their favorite. Plus, Aerosmith joins Hank Williams Jr. for this week's "Are You Ready for Some Football" opening theme.

VH1's "Rock & a Hard Place: Top Cases of 2003: will ook at those music celebrities who found themselves in trouble with the law in 2003. Among those probed are R. Kelly, Phil Spector, Limp Bizkit, Scott Weiland, Eminem, 50 Cent and Suge Knight.

Do you like your Korn raw? If so, check out MTV2's "Korn: Live at CBGB's" on Tuesday. The footage was shot at the end of November when the band surprised New York fans with a show at the tiny punk venue.

A&E will show highlights of this year's Nobel Peace Concert on Sunday. Hosted by actors Michael Douglas and Catherine Zeta-Jones the event featured the Cardigans, the Chieftains with Rosanne Cash, Tim McGraw, Orchestra Baobab and others.

Send your week off in a puff of smoke with the MTV film "Volcano High." Sunday night's broadcast of the MTV Original Movies production is a Korean martial arts film dubbed with the voices of Outkast's Andre 3000 and Big Boi, Snoop Dogg, Method Man, Mya, Lil' Jon and Kelis, as well as Tracy Morgan and Pat Morita. Oh yeah, it sounds wacky.