Music on TV This Week: Paul McCartney

When Paul McCartney performs as the musical guest this week on Saturday Night Live, it will be the third time for the former Beatle. No word on whether he'll join in a sketch, like he famously did back in 1993 with the late Chris Farley.

While there is a recent deluxe reissue of Band on the Run to support, there's a bit more to the timing than the usual album promotion. Sure, The Beatles were finally added to iTunes a couple weeks back, but this past weekend, Sir Paul was presented with a Lifetime Achievement award at the annual Kennedy Center Honors gala,* alongside American greats including Oprah and Merle Haggard.

*That event will be televised on CBS, December 28, so expect it to be revisited in this space in a few weeks.

Continuing the timing is everything theme, this Wednesday also marks the 30th anniversary of the death of John Lennon, and to remember that fateful day, BBC America is dedicating all their afternoon programming to both Lennon and the Beatles. They've lined up the documentaries Imagine: John Lennon, The Beatles: From Liverpool to San Francisco and the tabloid-like Beatles Biggest Secrets along with the feature film Backbeat, starring Stephen Dorff as "the Fifth Beatle," Stuart Sutcliffe. Some PBS stations are also rebroadcasting the documentary LENNONYC to mark the sad day as well.

Finally, Toronto's electropop duo Crystal Castles will be making their network television debut on Jimmy Kimmel Live, Thursday night. Their latest single, "Not in Love," was recently re-recorded with the legendary Robert Smith on vocals, so naturally there's some speculation as to whether the lead singer of The Cure might just make a surprise appearance. We have no proof that he will or won't, but if it gets you to tune in and see their performance let's say he might (it's possible, right?).

Picks for the week

Monday, December 6

ABC: Jimmy Kimmel Live: Social Distortion

CBS: Late Show With David Letterman: John Mellencamp

FOX: American Country Awards: Rascal Flatts, Uncle Kracker, Miranda Lambert

FUEL: The Daily Habit: Blessthefall

NBC: The Tonight Show with Jay Leno: Experience Hendrix Tour featuring Jonny Lang, Chris Layton (Stevie Ray Vaughan), Brad Whitford (Aerosmith), Billy Cox (Band of Gypsys)

NBC: Late Night With Jimmy Fallon: R. Kelly

NBC: Last Call With Carson Daly: Fanfarlo (REPEAT)

SYNDICATION: The Ellen DeGeneres Show: Miranda Lambert

TBS: Lopez Tonight: Nicki Minaj

TBS: Conan: Lauren Pritchard

Tuesday, December 7

ABC: Good Morning America: Sting

ABC: Jimmy Kimmel Live: Brad

CBS: Late Show With David Letterman: Ra Ra Riot

FUEL: The Daily Habit: Blessthefall

NBC: The Today Show: Natasha Bedingfield, Mary J. Blige

NBC: The Tonight Show with Jay Leno: Keith Urban

NBC: Late Night With Jimmy Fallon: R. Kelly

NBC: Last Call With Carson Daly: Matt & Kim

SYNDICATION: The Ellen DeGeneres Show: Duffy

TBS: Lopez Tonight: Keri Hilson

Wednesday, December 8

ABC: Jimmy Kimmel Live: Little Big Town

BBC AMERICA: Imagine: John Lennon / Backbeat / The Beatles: From Liverpool to San Francisco / Beatles Biggest Secrets: John Lennon, Paul McCartney, The Beatles

FUEL: The Daily Habit: Middle Class Rut

NBC: The Today Show: Flo Rida

NBC: Last Call With Carson Daly: Florence & the Machine

PBS: LENNONYC: John Lennon

SYNDICATION: Live With Regis and Kelly: Natasha Bedingfield

SYNDICATION: The Ellen DeGeneres Show: Katy Perry

Thursday, December 9

ABC: Jimmy Kimmel Live: Crystal Castles

FUEL: The Daily Habit: Pete Yorn

NBC: The Today Show: Duffy

NBC: The Tonight Show with Jay Leno: Natasha Bedingfield

NBC: Late Night With Jimmy Fallon: Robert Plant, Paul McCartney (LATE ADDITION!)

NBC: Last Call With Carson Daly: Two Door Cinema Club

SYNDICATION: The Ellen DeGeneres Show: Keith Urban

TBS: Lopez Tonight: The 88

TBS: Conan: She & Him

Friday, December 10

ABC: Jimmy Kimmel Live: Nicki Minaj (REPEAT)

CBS: Late Late Show With Craig Ferguson: Nellie McKay

FUEL: The Daily Habit: Pete Yorn

NBC: Last Call With Carson Daly: Delta Spirit

VH1: Storytellers: T.I.

VH1: Behind the Music: T.I. (REPEAT)

Saturday, December 11

BBCAMERICA: The Graham Norton Show: Justin Bieber

NBC: Saturday Night Live: Paul McCartney

Sunday, December 12

OVATION: Young @ Heart: Young @ Heart Chorus

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