Monday, December 01, 2008

Ear on TV: Week of December 1

People have been telling Elvis Costello that he should host his own show for many years now it seems, but it took the last one, Elton John, for it to finally stick. Premiering this Wednesday on Sundance is Spectacle: Elvis Costello With..., a talk show with music as both it's subject and it's highlight. The first guest, fittingly enough, is Elton John, who performs double duty here as executive producer of the show, and who's mostly responsible for Costello taking on the project. Spectacle is like no other talk show before it in that nearly equal time is given to talking about music as there is to performing it, and the depths in which the discussions venture tread into the realm of true music geekdom (be still my beating heart).

Future guests include the varied talents of Tony Bennett, The Police, Smokey Robinson, President Bill Clinton (that's right, Bubba,) Jenny Lewis, She & Him and next week's guest Lou Reed -- who actually cracks a smile. The format is loose and comfortable, putting even the most prickly of artists (Reed) completely at ease. The performances are generally covers, as Costello starts the night by performing a favorite song by that night's feature artists (for the premiere, it's John's "Border Song,") and later Costello and guest will play another artist's song. It's essentially fans of music who just happened to be famous, getting together and talking about what they love (and, since there's all these instruments nearby, they play some music as well). For real fans of music, it's a real treat.



Costello picked a great week to launch Spectacle, since most talk shows are on vacation this week, that is save for Leno and Jimmy Kimmel. Tom Jones, who we profiled last week, manages to hit both (Leno on Wednesday, and Kimmel on Thursday).

Playlist: Picks for the week
Monday, December 1
ABC: Jimmy Kimmel Live: T.I. (REPEAT)
CBS: Late Show With David Letterman: Charlie Haden (REPEAT)
CBS: Late Late Show With Craig Ferguson: X (REPEAT)
FUEL: The Daily Habit: Bishop Allen
NBC: Last Call With Carson Daly: Young Jeezy, Nas (REPEAT)
Tuesday, December 2
ABC: Good Morning America: Britney Spears
ABC: Jimmy Kimmel Live: Akon
CBS: Late Show With David Letterman: Sia (REPEAT)
IFC: The Henry Rollins Show: Chris Cornell (REPEAT)
SYNDICATION: The Ellen Degeneres Show: Lady GaGa
Wednesday, December 3
ABC: Jimmy Kimmel Live: Ice Cube
CBS: Late Show With David Letterman: Jenny Lewis, Elvis Costello (REPEAT)
FUEL: The Daily Habit: 3OH!3
NBC: The Tonight Show with Jay Leno: Tom Jones
SUNDANCE: Spectacle: Elvis Costello With...: Elvis Costello, Elton John
Thursday, December 4
ABC: Jimmy Kimmel Live: Tom Jones
CBS: Late Late Show With Craig Ferguson: Little Jackie (REPEAT)
NBC: The Tonight Show with Jay Leno: Common
NBC: Late Night With Conan O'Brien: The Airborne Toxic Event (REPEAT)
NBC: Last Call With Carson Daly: The Sounds (REPEAT)
Friday, December 5
ABC: Jimmy Kimmel Live: Ludacris
FUEL: The Daily Habit: The International Noise Conspiracy
NBC: Late Night With Conan O'Brien: Adele (REPEAT)
NBC: Last Call With Carson Daly: Yelle (REPEAT)
Saturday, December 6
BBCAMERICA: The Graham Norton Show: The Ting Tings

1 comment:

drake lelane said...

Picks for the week of 12.01.08
1. Whatever You Like - T.I.
2. Spiritual featuring Josh Haden - Charlie Haden
3. The New World - X
4. Middle Management - Bishop Allen
5. My President Featuring Nas - Young Jeezy
6. Womanizer - Britney Spears
7. Right Now (Na-Na-Na) - Akon
8. Little Black Sandals - SiA
9. Black Hole Sun [Live From Live Earth] - Chris Cornell
10. Just Dance featuring Colby O'Donis - Lady GaGa
11. Do Ya Thang - Ice Cube
12. Carpetbaggers - Jenny Lewis
13. STARSTRUKK - 3OH!3
14. If He Should Ever Leave You - Tom Jones
15. Border Song - Elton John
16. The World Should Revolve Around Me - Little Jackie
17. Universal Mind Control (UMC) - Common
18. Sometime Around Midnight - The Airborne Toxic Event
19. Hurt You - The Sounds
20. A Cause Des Garçons - Yelle
21. Shut Up And Let Me Go - The Ting Tings