Indian musician and composer Ravi Shankar, the father of Grammy winner Norah Jones and the man George Harrison called "the godfather of world music," has died. He was 92.
"It is with heavy hearts we write to inform you that Pandit Ravi Shankar, husband, father, and musical soul, passed away today, December 11th, 2012," his family said in a statement on his website. "His health has been fragile for the past several years and on Thursday he underwent a surgery that could have potentially given him a new lease of life. Unfortunately, despite the best efforts of the surgeons and doctors taking care of him, his body was not able to withstand the strain of the surgery. We were at his side when he passed away."
On the 12th day of December, with only 12 days (gulp) until Christmas Eve, here's a dozen topics of interest — or possibly disinterest — regarding today's unusually busy, for mid-December, TV lineup.
Mother's Day: On CBS's biggest Monday hit, Two and a Half Men (9/8c), Mimi Rogers drops by the Malibu manse as Walden's mom. Alan, naturally, is smitten (ewwww), but in the opposite-of-nurturing tradition of mothers ...
In the age of the instantly downloadable single, musicians rarely have the opportunity to perform their deep cuts on TV. Which is what makes PBS' Soundstage such a gem. "We want people to experience more than just the one song on iTunes," says exec producer Don Maggi. In tonight's Norah Jones concert (10/9c), that includes selections from...
Norah Jones, Austin City Limits
For more than three decades, Austin City Limits (Saturdays, 9 pm/ET, PBS) has been providing an outlet for something increasingly rare on television: live music. Saturday night, the series kicks off its 33rd season with versatile singer-pianist Norah Jones, making her second appearance in front of the iconic Austin skyline backdrop — which misleads some viewers into believing the concerts are filmed outdoors. "We get e-mails asking if this is a park outside Austin," says ACL's producer Terry Lickona. "Someone even asked if it had RV hookups."
With a rich history of showcasing acts as disparate as country outlaw Merle Haggard and indie-rock ensemble Arcade Fire (wh