THE WEEK AHEAD: Showtime for Britney
03/19/2004 AT 10:00 AM EST
ENTER THE ZONE: Set your TiVos -- Britney Spears will be coming to you live from Miami's American Airlines Arena (as long as her recent knee injury doesn't stop her). The pop diva's concert, part of her Onyx Hotel tour, will be broadcast on Showtime on Sunday, March 28. Certain to be among the show's highlights: Spears writhing in an onstage bathtub, in sheer body stocking and in a shower scene (not necessarily in that order). The singer, who's definitely not going for her PG audience of yore, will continue touring in the states through August. Our little Britney is all grown up, that's for sure.
JANET SPEAKS: Whether she follows in Courtney Love's footsteps and flashes David Letterman remains to be seen, but Janet Jackson will grant the sardonic late-night host her first network TV interview since the Super Bowl debacle on Monday, March 29. The scandalous singer picked the right time to sit in the hot seat on the "Late Show with David Letterman": She's releasing her new album, "Damita Jo," the following day. This, of course, puts Jackson back in CBS territory: the "Late Show" network aired her Super Bowl performance and the Grammy Awards, which she declined to attend after learning her appearance would be contingent on an apology for the breast-baring incident.
HEEERE'S STUTTERING JOHN: Best known for asking celebrities offensive questions on shock jock Howard Stern's show, "Stuttering John" Melendez will try a different gig on for size. On Monday, March 29 he'll begin his new role as an announcer and correspondent on "The Tonight Show with Jay Leno." Melendez, who first joined Stern's show as an intern in 1988 and has been working with a speech coach to control his stutter, will replace Edd Hall, a 12-year veteran of "Tonight." But don't expect him to find a new forum for his insulting queries: An NBC spokeswoman told the Associated Press that though he'll continue to do interviews, he won't be riling up his subjects. It's a kinder, gentler Stuttering John.
SO GLAAD: Forget a one-night awards ceremony -- GLAAD is making its festivities last. The 15th annual GLAAD (Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation) Awards will host several ceremonies nationwide in the next few months. On Saturday, March 27 in L.A., the first installment of the awards for "fair, accurate and inclusive media images" of gays and lesbians, will honor Antonio Banderas. (Next up: April 12 in New York and June 5 in San Francisco.) Among invitees to the celebration: Rapper 50 Cent, who recently made homophobic comments in the April issue of Playboy. "GLAAD encourages 50 Cent to get to know the LGBT community, and we are fully confident that in doing so he will find that he has more in common with us than he thinks," a GLAAD spokesperson said in a statement. No word on his RSVP.
AND FINALLY ...: Fresh off his induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, Prince will launch his first tour in six years at the Staples Center in Los Angeles on Monday, March 29, the same day he'll release his new album, "Musicology." Though the show is sold out, no need to fret: It will be presented live via satellite to 32 Regal Cinema theaters across the country ($15 in advance, including a free album; $17.50 day of the show). The Purple One's tour will cover more than 38 cities, including stops in New York City, Las Vegas and his hometown of Minneapolis.