Wednesday, September 8, 2004
Half of one of the great songwriting teams of the 20th century, John Lennon had a unique musical sensibility. His tastes, influences and favorite songs are the subject of "John Lennon's Jukebox" on "Great Performances" (7 p.m., PBS).
In 1989, a collector discovered an old Discomatic jukebox that once belonged to Lennon. A portable, programmable record player the size of a small suitcase, the Discomatic contained 41 of Lennon's favorite 45s. Created in the years before cassette mix-tapes and iPod playlists, this antique offers insights into Lennon's musical development.
"Jukebox" features interviews with the musicians whose records Lennon owned, as well as insights from the late Beatle via archival radio interviews. Lennon is unafraid to admit how much he "borrowed" from others. "I studied the records," he explains. "What are they saying? How are they saying it? How do they make this music? What are they doing that excites me?"
- "The Drew Carey Show" (ABC) is finally over. The sitcom signs off with a two-episode series finale in which Drew worries about his job (8 p.m.), and makes an honest woman of Kelly before her blessed event (8:30 p.m.).
Tonight's other highlights
- Scheduled on "60 Minutes II" (7 p.m., CBS): a profile of Robert Duvall.
- Scheduled on "48 Hours Investigates" (9 p.m., CBS): how eccentric New York real estate heir Robert Durst was cleared of murder charges.
- Peter Jennings is host of a special news report (9 p.m., ABC) on the failure of many officials to support anti-tobacco laws and the misuse of tobacco settlement money.
- Donna embraces a whole new hue on "That '70s Show" (7 p.m., Fox).
- Slumber-party madness on "Quintuplets" (7:30 p.m., Fox).
- Snooping with Snoop Dogg on "Bernie Mac" (7 p.m., Fox).
- Crime stopping on "Method & Red" (8:30 p.m., Fox).
Martin Short and Alan Jackson appear on "Late Show with David Letterman" (10:35 p.m., CBS).