WEEK AHEAD: Paris Hilton's Mom Heads to TV
MONDAY, JUNE 20: What's the next natural career move for a two-time Oscar winner? Producing a TV show called Celebrity Charades probably wasn't your first guess, but that's what Hilary Swank is adding to her resume with her new AMC series. Swank and husband Chad Lowe are executive producers on the show, in which celebs such as Stanley Tucci, Lorraine Bracco and Carson Kressley do their best gesturing to benefit their favorite charities. Celebrity Charades airs at 9 p.m. ET and the five-episode series runs all week, with the finale on June 24.
TUESDAY, JUNE 21: If you've always wanted to know what it takes to be a Hilton, get ready to take notes. Paris's mom, Kathy Hilton, is entering the reality-show realm with her new NBC show, I Want to Be a Hilton. The premise: Take 14 socialite wannabes, put them through etiquette boot camp (wine tasting, cracking lobster tails, putting your napkin on your lap) and have them compete for $200,000 and a posh New York City pad. No one is more surprised than Hilton that she's doing a reality show of her own. "If you had told me 14 months ago that I would be doing this show, I would've said, 'There's no way in the world,'" she says. "It teaches you never to say never." The show premieres at 9 p.m. ET.
You know the drill: Put seven young strangers in a house and watch the sparks fly. The 16th season of MTV's The Real World heads to good ol' Austin, Texas – and while the location may be different, expect the requisite fights, tears and, maybe even drunken arrests. The roomies include Lacey, a sheltered 24-year-old from Ohio; Melinda, 21, an aspiring dentist from Germantown, Wis., whose motto is "I will try anything once"; Rachel, a 22-year-old Iraq War veteran from Valencia, Calif.; and Wes, 19, a junior at Arizona State University who "takes pride in projecting himself as an obnoxious, super-competitive jock." Let the games begin at 10 p.m. ET.
Denis Leary is back as tortured New York City firefighter Tommy Gavin in the second season of the surprise sleeper hit Rescue Me, (which premieres at 10 p.m. ET on FX). So, what about reports that real firefighters aren't thrilled about the unflinching portrayal of their world? "Most of the younger guys really like the show," Leary told the Los Angeles Daily News recently. "Some of the older guys feel like we're giving away their secrets. But most of the really controversial stories are true. We get them from the guys who were involved, who are friends of mine."
NEW THIS WEEK:
Movies (now in theaters): Batman Begins, starring Katie Holmes and Christian Bale; The Perfect Man, starring Hilary Duff and Heather Locklear; Howl's Moving Castle, voices by Christian Bale and Jean Simmons
Music (in stores Tuesday): Bo Bice, "Inside Your Heaven" and "Vehicle" singles; Billy Corgan, The Future Embrace; The Offspring, Greatest Hits; Mark Knopfler, One Take Radio Sessions (live EP)
DVDs (in stores Tuesday): Coach Carter,; Miss Congeniality 2; Hostage; American Psycho: Unrated Collector's Edition; Bewitched: Season 1