I'd like to make the suggestion that Elvis Costello keep his day job. I'm, of course, talking about his job hosting the incredibly fascinating talk/music show Spectacle on Sundance, which has its first season finale this Wednesday, featuring Smokey Robinson as the guest. There were a couple missteps along the way (James Taylor was a snoozer), but Costello got really good at the interview portion in the shows taped towards the *end. Costello puts those skills to good use this week interviewing The King of Motown, getting to sing a few songs with his idol along the way. Here's hoping Spectacle gets picked up for a second season soon.
*This oddly coincides with the point in the series when he started wearing glittery hats. Are they his secret weapon for interviews, perhaps making his guests feel less nervous through distraction?
Elsewhere, the kids' channel Nickelodeon has found itself barraged with a letter-writing campaign, as viewers are clamoring for them to show more episodes from the second season of Yo Gabba Gabba that have not been aired. This Friday we'll finally get to see a new one, as part of Nick's "Filthy Friday," for which musical guest Chromeo will perform a song they wrote for the occasion called "Nice and Clean." Just remember kids, don't take your '80s synch keyboards in the bathtub with you.
Outside of that, it's pretty much reruns all week, as the hosts go on vacation following Conan's big farewell week. Some highlights of repeats include Conor Oberst debuting a new song ("Nicorette") on Conan (re-airing Wednesday) and Glen Campbell reaching back and singing a touching version of his hit "Rhinestone Cowboy" on Ferguson (re-airing Thursday).
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