WEEK AHEAD: Serena & Venus Get Real
Serena and Venus Williams
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07/15/2005 at 03:00 PM EDT
Tennis champs and sisters Venus and Serena Williams enter the reality-show fray with their ABC Family Channel series Venus & Serena: For Real on Wednesday. PEOPLE takes a look at the show, plus other events to watch for in the coming week:
SATURDAY, JULY 16: Muggles, rejoice! The long-awaited sixth Harry Potter hits stores, and if you're one of the smart planners who's pre-reserved a copy of Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, you'll have no problem scoring the 672-page installment. Otherwise, you may have a lengthy wait to snag one of the 10.8 million copies (of the first printing) available of the book. What to expect? There's speculation that one of the main characters will be killed off and that Harry will experience his first love. The only person who may not be thrilled about the arrival of the penultimate installment in the series: Pope Benedict XVI. In a letter sent two years ago, he expressed his worry that the books "erode Christianity in the soul" of young people, the Chicago Tribune reported.
WEDNESDAY, JULY 20: Tennis champs Venus and Serena Williams are joining the reality-show ranks with their new ABC Family series Venus & Serena: For Real. "I had some reservations about it, but it was easier than expected," Venus, who recently won the women's Wimbledon title, tells PEOPLE about the show. "I don't think the other (tennis) players were too happy about the cameras. There are a lot who may not like us. They probably like us less now." The six-episode series follows the sibs as they fraternize with family and friends, pursue their sport (Serena is the reigning Australian Open champ) and their other interests: Venus has an interior design business and Serena is a fashion designer and budding actress. The show debuts at 10 p.m. ET.
If you're craving another fix of fancy footwork on TV now that Dancing with the Stars has wrapped up, you're in luck. FOX is debuting So You Think You Can Dance, where you can expect to see hip-hop moves and krumping (a high-speed, athletic dance style that was born on the streets of South Central, Los Angeles and is depicted in the new documentary Rize) as well as ballroom dancing. Aspiring dancers audition in Chicago, New York and Los Angeles to take a shot at winning $100,000 and an apartment in New York City. The producers of American Idol are behind the show, so expect to see fleet-footed contestants and also those tripping over themselves. The two-hour premiere kicks off at 8 p.m. ET.
NEW THIS WEEK:
Movies (now in theaters): Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, starring Johnny Depp and Freddie Highmore; Wedding Crashers, starring Vince Vaughn and Owen Wilson; Happy Endings, starring Lisa Kudrow and Maggie Gyllenhaal
Music (in stores Tuesday): Dukes of Hazzard: Music from the Motion Picture soundtrack; Emmylou Harris, The Very Best of Emmylou Harris: Heartaches and Highways; Now That's What I Call Music! 19; Carly Simon, Moonlight Serenade
DVDs (in stores Tuesday): Man of the House; Ice Princess; Jiminy Glick in Lalawood