Monday, June 21, 2010

Ear on TV: Week of 06.21.10: Courtney Love / Drake

What should be the crown jewel of the re-launched VH1 franchise Behind the Music debuts this Monday, and it just might be required viewing. Courtney Love has always had a reputation for being a bit crazy and the two hours spent watching this do nothing to dissuade one from that opinion. In fact, she just might be even more INSANE that we originally thought. Train wrecks like this make for good TV, but at a certain point, it becomes kind of sad. Take a look below at this uncensored clip pulled from the spectacle and form your own opinion:

Meanwhile, plenty of rap artists have had their debut release go through the hype machine, but how many arrive with songs already complaining about the price of fame? 23-year old Toronto native Drake (and I fully admit to being partial to that name) might just be the first, as his popularity is already through the roof thanks mostly to the song and corresponding video for "Best I Ever Had."

Drake's debut release, Thank Me Later, dropped last week to critical raves and features a star-studded guest list, with the likes of Kanye West, Jay-Z, T.I., Young Jeezy and Lil' Wayne. To promote the release, the former DeGrassi High star is making appearances on The Tonight Show on Wednesday, Jimmy kimmel Live on Thursday and a special performance on the 2010 BET AWARDS on Sunday night. On top of that, MTV is airing a documentary Wednesday night entitled Drake: Better Than Good Enough. This week is turning out to be just like my life -- all Drake, all the time.

Finally, this Friday marks the one year anniversary of the death of Michael Jackson, so there will be a few (too many) pieces on the former King of Pop, including the debut of a documentary called Gone Too Soon on TV Guide Network. The two-hour special comes from writer/director Ian Halperin, who predicted Jackson's death six months prior and wrote the 2009 New York Times best-selling book Unmasked: The Final Years of Michael Jackson.

Playlist: Picks for the week
Monday, June 21
ABC: The View: 50 Cent
CBS: Late Show With David Letterman: Herbie Hancock Unplugged: Phoenix
NBC: Last Call With Carson Daly: Citizen Cope (REPEAT)
VH1: Behind the Music: Courtney Love
Tuesday, June 22
CBS: Late Show With David Letterman: Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue
IFC: Dinner With the Band: My Brightest Diamond
NBC: The Tonight Show with Jay Leno: Robert Randolph
NBC: Late Night With Jimmy Fallon: Herbie Hancock
NBC: Last Call With Carson Daly: RJD2 (REPEAT)
Wednesday, June 23
ABC: The View: Macy Gray
CBS: Late Show With David Letterman: Bettye LaVette
MTV: Drake: Better Than Good Enough: Drake
NBC: The Tonight Show with Jay Leno: Drake
NBC: Late Night With Jimmy Fallon: Macy Gray
NBC: Last Call With Carson Daly: Sia, Holly Golightly (REPEAT)
TBS: Lopez Tonight: Kid 'n Play
Thursday, June 24
ABC: Jimmy Kimmel Live: Drake
NBC: The Tonight Show with Jay Leno: Sharon Jones & the Dap Kings
NBC: Late Night With Jimmy Fallon: MGMT
NBC: Last Call With Carson Daly: Daniel Merriweather (REPEAT)
SYNDICATION: Live With Regis and Kelly: Cyndi Lauper, Jonny Lang
Friday, June 25
ABC: Good Morning America: Alicia Keys
ABC: Michael Jackson: After Life: Michael Jackson
ABC: Jimmy Kimmel Live: Sia
CBS: The Early Show: Alicia Keys
NBC: The Today Show: Maxwell
NBC: Last Call With Carson Daly: David Gray (REPEAT)
SUNDANCE: Live From Abbey Road: Yousuf Islam, White Lies, The Fray (REPEAT)
TV Guide: Gone Too Soon: Michael Jackson
Saturday, June 26
BBCAMERICA: The Graham Norton Show: Fyfe Dangerfield
NBC: Saturday Night Live: Bon Jovi (REPEAT)
VH1: Rush: Beyond the Lighted Stage: Rush
Sunday, June 27
BET: BET Awards 2010: Drake, Kanye West, DJ Khaled, Eminem, Alicia Keys


~~~hechter said...

"Courtney Love leads Hole through disastrous 9:30 Club concert"

'...Courtney, let me tell you something. In just the past year and a half, I've been to about 400 shows. I've seen some really terrible ones. And this was really the most terrible. No question. But the vast majority of those 400 shows, I went there, I saw it, and almost immediately forgot I was there. I'll never forget this night with Courtney Love, no matter how much I may want to. And isn't that really what she's always wanted? '

drake lelane said...

I read that... pretty awesome review.