WEEK AHEAD: Bobby Brown's Reality Check

WEEK AHEAD: Bobby Brown's Reality Check
Bobby Brown
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06/25/2005 07:00AM

Embattled R&B singer Bobby Brown airs his dirty laundry (and maybe some of Whitney's, too) on the Bravo reality series Being Bobby Brown on Thursday. PEOPLE takes a look at his wacky new show, plus other events to watch for in the coming week:

MONDAY, JUNE 27: What will Tom Cruise say next? It's anybody's guess when the second part of his interview with Matt Lauer airs on the Today show. If his Friday appearance is any indication, it'll be a must-see: Cruise fiercely insisted that psychiatry is a "pseudoscience" and continued to bash people like Brooke Shields who have promoted the use antidepressants. "She doesn't understand the history of psychiatry," he insisted. "She doesn't understand in the same way that you don't understand it, Matt." Ouch. Stay tuned: Today airs at 7 a.m. ET.

TUESDAY, JUNE 28: Husband and wife Will and Jada Pinkett Smith are teaming up outside the home, hosting the 2005 BET Awards, which will be broadcast live from Hollywood's Kodak Theatre at 8 p.m. ET. The show will include performances by Destiny's Child, Mariah Carey and Missy Elliott. Additionally, Denzel Washington will receive an honorary humanitarian award and Gladys Knight will be bestowed with a lifetime achievement award.

Will the nice guy finish first on NBC's reality series Average Joe: The Joes Strike Back? In the fourth installment of the reality show, 18 regular Joes will attempt to win the heart of a woman who, off camera, might be out of their league. The new Joes include a circus sideshow freak and a magician, and the object of their affection is Anna, a 26-year-old red-headed model. They'll do battle with a brigade of seven hunks, but in a twist, the Average Joes will get a makeover to win over the dream girl. The dating drama premieres at 8 p.m. ET.

THURSDAY, JUNE 30: It's his prerogative to star in a reality show, so he's going for it. "I just wanted to give people a clear view of who I am," Bobby Brown tells PEOPLE about his new eight-episode Bravo series, Being Bobby Brown. The show follows the infamous singer as he goes about his life for six months in 2004. Wife Whitney Houston appears on the show, as do his children – Bobbi Kristina, 12 (with Houston), Landon, 18, LaPrincia, 16, and Bobby Jr., 14 (from previous relationships). Big moments include courtroom visits (among his brushes with the law, he faced charges of misdemeanor battery against Houston, which she dropped), a meeting with the Dalai Lama in London (now that's a must-see pairing) and Brown trying to get his career back on track. Being Bobby Brown premieres at 10 p.m. ET.

NEW THIS WEEK:
Movies (now in theaters): Herbie: Fully Loaded, starring Lindsay Lohan and Michael Keaton; Bewitched, starring Nicole Kidman and Will Ferrell
Music (in stores Tuesday): Fountains of Wayne, Out-of-State Plates; Ying Yang Twins, USA (United State of Atlanta); John Stevens, Red; George Strait, Somewhere Down in Texas
DVDs (in stores Tuesday): Pacifier; The Jacket; Diary of a Mad Black Woman; The Daily Show: Indecision 2004

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