TV: Music on TV This Week: Monty Python

And now for something completely different.

It was 40 years ago today that that phrase was first uttered over the air, via Monty Python's Flying Circus (second episode, "Sex and Violence"). And while it was used to introduce a man with three buttocks, the phrase really took on greater meaning to the British sketch comedy. It really was something different -- something that would ultimately change comedy, much the same way the Beatles did to pop music just a few years prior.

And there was much rejoicing... yaaay.

And now, 40 years later, the five living members (John Cleese, Eric Idle, Michael Palin, Terry Jones and Terry Gilliam) reunite on Late Night, sitting down to chat with host Jimmy Fallon for the majority of the Wednesday episode. Yarns will be spun, knees will be slapped and perhaps Fallon can talk Cleese into a silly walk demonstration.

The appearance is in advance of their appearance at Ziegfeld Theater in New York on Thursday, October 15, where they'll screen a new documentary about the group’s history titled Monty Python: Almost the Truth (The Lawyer’s Cut) which pieces together old and new interviews (including one with Jimmy Fallon). The film is an edited down version of a six-hour long documentary series to be shown over six nights on IFC beginning on Sunday night (with the segment "The Not-So-Exciting Beginnings"), headlining their "Monty Python Week" promotion. After each segment, IFC will air a Monty Python film and then an episode from the zany series.

And for those wondering why we're talking about Monty Python in a column about music, here's but one reminder:

Speaking of zany, if there's one band that exhibits the spirit of Monty Python's craft, it might just be The Flaming Lips, whose latest release (Embryonic) drops this week. After a few unfocused, confetti-filled years, the band is back with one of their most ambitious albums to date. On Tuesday, Wayne Coyne and co. take their paranoia-laden psychedelic "Convinced Of The Hex" to the The Tonight Show, a place where acoustics wreak havoc on many an artist's sound. (It's not paranoia if it's really out to get you, right?)

Meanwhile, Sonic Youth will appear on tonight's episode of Gossip Girl, performing an acoustic version of the alt-rock classic "Star Power." I thought the band had gotten it out of their system with their appearance on Gilmore Girls a couple years back, but apparently the power of double 'G' is strong. And don't underestimate the power of a teenage daughter - in this case Coco, the 15-year old daughter of Thurston Moore and Kim Gordon, is apparently a big fan of the series.

Whew... even after all that, there's still a few items here that would get the lede in a slower week. For instance, veteran indie rock guitar gods Built to Spill are on Letterman Thursday;

the excellent documentary Heavy Metal in Baghdad gets its television debut on Sundance Friday (check my review); and all this week Yo Gabba Gabba is airing their final batch of new episodes from season two, featuring original songs from The Roots, MGMT, Little Ones and The Lady Tigra. My DVR is already sweating!

Playlist: Picks for the week

Monday, October 12

ABC: Jimmy Kimmel Live: Kid Cudi (REPEAT)

THE CW: Gossip Girl: Sonic Youth

FUEL: The Daily Habit: Amazing Baby (REPEAT)

NBC: The Tonight Show with Conan O'Brien: Grizzly Bear

NICK JR: Yo Gabba Gabba: The Roots

SYNDICATION: The Ellen Degeneres Show: Pete Yorn & Scarlett Johansson

Tuesday, October 13

ABC: Jimmy Kimmel Live: Cobra Starship

CBS: Late Show With David Letterman: Aziz Ansari, Dead by Sunrise

NBC: The Tonight Show with Conan O'Brien: The Flaming Lips

NBC: Late Night With Jimmy Fallon: Brazilian Girls

NICK JR: Yo Gabba Gabba: MGMT

Wednesday, October 14

CBS: Late Show With David Letterman: Mika

COMEDY CENTRAL: The Colbert Report: The RZA

FUEL: The Daily Habit: Busta Rhymes (REPEAT)

NBC: Late Night With Jimmy Fallon: Monty Python

NICK JR: Yo Gabba Gabba: Reeve Oliver

Thursday, October 15

CBS: Late Show With David Letterman: Built to Spill

NBC: Late Night With Jimmy Fallon: Hockey

NICK JR: Yo Gabba Gabba: The Lady Tigra

Friday, October 16

FUEL: The Daily Habit: The Hold Steady (REPEAT)

NBC: The Tonight Show with Conan O'Brien: Roger Daltrey

NICK JR: Yo Gabba Gabba: Little Ones

SUNDANCE: Heavy Metal in Baghdad: Acrassicauda

Saturday, October 17

NBC: Saturday Night Live: Shakira

Sunday, October 18

IFC: Monty Python: Almost the Truth (The Lawyer's Cut): Monty Python

IFC: Monty Python Live at the Hollywood Bowl: Monty Python

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