Monday, January 15, 2007

Ear on TV: Week of January 15

This week features a couple appearances by an artist who's quite literally an offspring of television. Singer Robin Thicke owes a lot to the television world as his parents wrote the theme songs for both Different Strokes and spin-off The Facts of Life. His father is actor/tv host Alan Thicke (Growing Pains, and even this week's release of Alpha Dog) and mother is singer/actress Gloria Loring (Days of Our Lives,) who were married from 1970 until 1983.

Now son Robin could become a star in his own right, as part of the blue-eyed wing of the Neo-soul movement (see Justin Timberlake, Remy Shand, Jamiroquai, etc.) With the backing of Pharrell Williams (both on his label Star Track and via production from his Neptunes team,) Thicke has got a decent shot at selling a few discs. His emulation of the purple one (Prince) doesn't hurt one bit either.

Elsewhere, I strongly recommend checking out North Carolina's Annuals as they bring their indie rock ensemble to Conan on Thursday night.

Monday, January 15
CBS: Late Show With David Letterman: America with Ryan Adams and Ben Kweller
Tuesday, January 16
SYNDICATION: The Oprah Winfrey Show: Corinne Bailey Rae, Mary J. Blige, Carly Simon
Wednesday, January 17
CBS: Late Late Show With Craig Ferguson: Common
NBC: The Tonight Show with Jay Leno: Robin Thicke
SYNDICATION: The Ellen Degeneres Show: KT Tunstall
Thursday, January 18
ABC: Jimmy Kimmel Live: Robin Thicke with Pharrell
NBC: Late Night With Conan O'Brien: Annuals
Friday, January 19
ABC: Jimmy Kimmel Live: Slayer
NBC: The Tonight Show with Jay Leno: Rocco Deluca and the Burden
Saturday, January 20
PBS: Austin City Limits: Dixie Chicks

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