Music on TV This Week: Mariah Carey

In a bid to take over the winter holiday entirely, Mariah Carey appears in two more Christmas specials this week, entertaining the Obamas with Christmas in Washington (airing on Friday) and her own holiday special, Mariah Carey: Merry Christmas To You, tonight on ABC. All this after having already performed at the annual Christmas in Rockefeller Center.

Perhaps the nesting instinct is kicking in, as Carey's pregnancy at these performances has started to become a bigger take away than her vocal chords. At the Christmas in Washington special, filmed yesterday, Carey hardly moved and seemed winded after singing "One Child," from her Merry Christmas II You album. Considering baby daddy Nick Cannon's genes are involved, the kid probably wasn't sitting still for the performance.

Elsewhere, fresh off her recent triumphant performance at Carnegie Hall, indie rock harpist Joanna Newsom is back in the Big Apple for an appearance on Letterman. Besides her electric performances, Newsom's been in the news thanks to a living tribute album in her honor, entitled Versions of Joanna and featuring covers of her songs by Billy Bragg, M. Ward, Owen Pallett and more. Proceeds from sale of the album go to Oxfam America's Pakistan Floods Relief Fund.

Picks for the week

Monday, December 13

ABC: Mariah Carey: Merry Christmas to You: Mariah Carey

ABC: Jimmy Kimmel Live: Darker My Love

CBS: Late Show With David Letterman: Diddy-Dirty Money

COMEDY CENTRAL: The Colbert Report: Patti Smith

FUEL: The Daily Habit: The Greenhornes

NBC: The Tonight Show with Jay Leno: Good Charlotte

NBC: Late Night With Jimmy Fallon: Stephen Bishop

NBC: Last Call With Carson Daly: Two Door Cinema Club (REPEAT)

TBS: Conan: Jimmy Eat World

Tuesday, December 14

ABC: Jimmy Kimmel Live: Goo Goo Dolls

CBS: Late Show With David Letterman: Joanna Newsom

COMEDY CENTRAL: The Colbert Report: Stephen Sondheim

FUEL: The Daily Habit: The Greenhornes

NBC: Late Night With Jimmy Fallon: Stephen Bishop

NBC: Last Call With Carson Daly: A Perfect Circle

PBS: Tavis Smiley: Trent Reznor

TBS: Conan: Broken Bells

Wednesday, December 15

ABC: Jimmy Kimmel Live: The Temper Trap

CBS: Late Show With David Letterman: Ronnie Spector

FUEL: The Daily Habit: Red Jumpsuit Apparatus

NBC: Late Night With Jimmy Fallon: Annie Lennox

NBC: Last Call With Carson Daly: Interpol

SYNDICATION: The Ellen DeGeneres Show: Ciara

TBS: Conan: Edward Sharpe & the Magentic Zeros

Thursday, December 16

ABC: Jimmy Kimmel Live: Diddy

CBS: Late Show With David Letterman: Florence and the Machine

COMEDY CENTRAL: The Colbert Report: Paul Simon

FUEL: The Daily Habit: Brad

NBC: Last Call With Carson Daly: School of Bells

PBS: Tavis Smiley: Stevie Wonder

TBS: Lopez Tonight: Ciara, Justin Timberlake

TBS: Conan: Jenny and Johnny

Friday, December 17

FUEL: The Daily Habit: Brad (REPEAT)

NBC: The Tonight Show with Jay Leno: Lyle Lovett with Kat Edonson

NBC: Last Call With Carson Daly: Fitz & the Tantrums

PBS: Tavis Smiley: Stevie Wonder

TNT: Christmas in Washington: Maxwell, Andrea Bocelli, Mariah Carey, Annie Lennox, Matthew Morrison, Miranda Gosgrove

Saturday, December 18

NBC: Saturday Night Live: Eminem

PBS: Austin City Limits: Andrew Bird, St. Vincent (REPEAT)

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