WEEK AHEAD: Lance Armstrong's Paris Finale
07/23/2005 AT 07:00 AM EDT
SUNDAY, JULY 24: After 22 days and 2,241 miles, the cyclists competing in the Tour de France reach the end of the road in Paris. Lance Armstrong, who won the last six races, appears to be a lock for his seventh and final victory: The superhuman cyclist has announced his plans to retire after Sunday's finish. All that, and he'll have girlfriend Sheryl Crow cheering him on. Live coverage begins at 7:30 a.m. ET on the Outdoor Life Network.
MONDAY, JULY 25: Season two of MTV's "real O.C." hit Laguna Beach premieres at 10 p.m. ET. Party girl Kristin, sweet LC and hottie Stephen are back, along with some new faces, such as drama queen Alex M. and heartbreaker Alex. Seth and Summer have got nothing on these kids.
WEDNESDAY, JULY 27: INXS isn't the only group looking for a stand-in for a deceased bandmate by way of reality show. Two members of the '90s girl group TLC star in R U the Girl with T-Boz and Chilli, debuting on UPN at 8 p.m. ET. But Tionne 'T-Boz' Watkins and Rozanda 'Chilli' Thomas insist they're not trying to replace Lisa 'Left Eye' Lopes, who died in a car accident in 2002. The contest winner will only get to perform with TLC once, and record one single with the group.
THURSDAY, JULY 28: In further reality news, David E. Kelley seems to have decided that if you can't beat 'em, join 'em. The Ally McBeal and Practice creator, who once called reality TV "an erosion of respect for the medium by its guardians," debuts his own – you guessed it – reality show, The Law Firm, at 9 p.m. ET on NBC. The series, which PEOPLE calls "instantly addictive," has 12 lawyers trying real cases while competing for a $250,000 prize.
NEW THIS WEEK:
Movies (now in theaters): The Island, starring Scarlett Johansson and Ewan McGregor; Bad News Bears, starring Billy Bob Thornton and Marcia Gay Harden; Hustle & Flow, starring Terrence Howard, Anthony Anderson and Taryn Manning
Music (in stores Tuesday): Alanis Morissette, Jagged Little Pill Acoustic; Jason Mraz, Mr. A-Z; Babyface, Grown & Sexy; Brian Setzer, Rockabilly Riot, Vol. 1: A Tribute to Sun Records
DVDs (in stores Tuesday): The Upside of Anger; XXX: State of the Union; Not Another Teen Movie; The Jerk (26th anniversary edition)