Sadly, Whitney Houston's GMA appearance was sad. Her voice cracked and she seemed to be struggling to sing one of her biggest hits, "I'm Every Woman," which ironically was used as the theme for The Oprah Winfrey Show for years. I say ironically because Whitney explained to the fans at one point that her voice was a wreck because she had talked too much during her appearance on Oprah earlier in the week. Ouch!
The entire appearance was enough to make you cringe. At one point, Whitney called her daughter, Bobbi Kristina, out to the stage to sing with her. Bobbi has grown into a beautiful young woman from the teenager she was on Being Bobby Brown, the infamous Bravo reality show starring Whitney and then hubby Bobby.
Last night brought us Sugarland: Live on the Inside at ABC. This Sugarland concert was pulled from their current tour and featured their top country hits of today. It was a regular concert filmed for television, and I think it turned out really well.
With networks continuously scrambling to look for fresh alternatives to their traditional programming model amidst eroding ratings, I'm hoping somebody was watching ABC the other night. Concert tickets are expensive, and there are still millions of Americans who don't live near enough a big city to consider going even if they could afford it.
Where to go with this? First off, I'm wondering if every person in Michigan is suddenly going to be unemployed for the purpose of getting Leno tickets. Secondly, is this the only way Leno can fill a venue with his stand-up comedy? I'm wondering if even free tickets could accomplish that.
I admit some bias from the old days of the Leno-Letterman feud, as I felt Letterman was the more talented of the two. Obviously, the relative ratings of the two shows in that time do not jibe with my opinion.
Of course, if Jay really wanted to help the unemployed, rather than subject them to his comedy, he could give some of them ... oh, I don't know ... a job?
Bear McCreary himself has an interesting blog in which he discusses the business of making music for the video entertainment industry. The music has always been a major part of the dark undertones of Battlestar Galactica; it serves the story very well and is a vital part of the telling.
There are two videos after the jump of the Roxy concert. They include pieces called "Roslin and Adama" and "Fight Night". Admittedly, I can't place the Galactica episodes in which they were played. If anyone can, please let me know in the comments.
Do you like KISS? Sure, we all do. I can't get enough of Gene, Paul, Ace, Benji, Maynard, Cuddle Pie, and Pooky Bear.
Okay, so I'm not a KISS fan, but if you are, you might want to tune in to VH1 Classic tomorrow evening.
As a promotion for the upcoming DVD, KISSology: Volume Two 1978-1991, band members Gene Simmons and Paul Stanley will host KISSology: The Volume 2 Special on VH1 Classic starting at 10:00 p.m., August 10. The special will feature material from the DVD, including music videos and rare footage of the band.
Can we save the Earth through music?
Of course not, don't be stupid. However, that doesn't mean you can't catch the twenty-four hour Live Earth global concert series on TV starting this Saturday, July 7.
Here's a list of channels that will be covering the event:
NBC: 8:00 p.m to 11:00
BRAVO: 9:00 a.m. on July 7 through 2:30 a.m. on July 8
UNI HD: 4:00 a.m. on July 7 through 2:00 a.m. on July 8
SUNDANCE: 4:00 a.m. on July 7 through 2:00 a.m. on July 8
MSNBC: intermittent coverage throughout
CNBC: 7:00 p.m. on July 7 through 2:00 a.m. on July 8
TELEMUNDO: 7:00 p.m. through 8:00 p.m.
MUN2: 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.
The Barenaked Ladies were one of many bands I had a brief infatuation with, but soon delegated them to "not bad, but I can't listen to them all the time" status. Still, the fellas know how to craft a good pop tune and they have great vocal harmonies, so I don't mind taking their CDs for a spin every now and again.
The band recently filmed a two-hour concert in Detroit, which will be available on TV. Or, alternatively, you can watch the concert on PBS.
Are you a fan of the rock band The Police and musical instruments that aren't plugged in? Then I have good news for you.
The Police, who are currently on a reunion tour, will be performing an all-acoustic set for MTV Unplugged somewhere in Miami on July 13, according to Fox News. There's no specific word yet on just which venue the performance will take place, but fans will no doubt be able to catch the performance on MTV (and perhaps also VH1 and CMT). The article further states that an album could result from the Unplugged performance, which should make fans very happy, especially those fans who can't afford tickets.
Bob told you a couple months ago that a possible reunion was planned of Donny Osmond and four of his brothers (Wayne, Jay, Merrill, and Jimmy). Well, a bit more information has surfaced, and more siblings have been added to the reunion, including sister Marie and brother Alan, who was diagnosed with MS a few years ago.
I have no idea about ticket availability, but the brothers (and sister) are scheduled to perform at the Orleans Hotel Showroom in Las Vegas on August 13 and 14. This could be your last chance to ever see them perform together, so you should at least buy a fake mustache and pretend your a janitor and try to sneak into the venue. Or, you can wait until next March when the concert will air on your local PBS station.
If you had plans to see Tom Wolpat and John Schneider of the Dukes of Hazzard perform with the Cincinnati Pops Orchestra, you'll have to wait. The performance, which was supposed to be based on the Dukes of Hazzard, was canceled when several people complained about the series' racist content.
Clay will sing "Everything I Have", a song from his new album which was released last month. His version of "O Holy Night" will also be featured in the Days episode, which airs December 22nd.
The (edited) two-hour concert, called Madonna: The Confessions Tour -- Live from London, airs November 22nd at 8 pm.
Of course, I am a child of the '80s so I will probably be watching. I imagine this will garner at least one night of hot ratings for NBC this fall.
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