WEEK AHEAD: Jessica Simpson Hits the Road
SATURDAY, MAY 29: President Bill Clinton is finished with his book, so what's he planning to do with his spare time? Hang out with college kids, of course. The former Commander in Chief will deliver the senior convocation address at Cornell University in Ithaca, N.Y. And less than a week later, on June 4, he'll give the keynote speech at the City College commencement ceremony at the New York City's uptown campus. It's a convenient location for Clinton, who has an office in Harlem. It's also perfect timing to promote My Life, his memoir for which he reportedly received a reported $10-12 million advance. The book hits stores June 22.
SUNDAY, MAY 30: For racing fans, the Indy 500 – known as the "Greatest Spectacle in Racing" – is the day to be glued to the television (or, if you're lucky enough to get a ticket, trek to Indianapolis). This year, the 88th fest will feature rockers – and race fans – Godsmack, who will launch the event by circling the track in a convertible Chevrolet Corvette Pace Car. Also expected to attend: Jim Caviezel, Michael Madsen, Survivor fan favorite Rupert Boneham and The Bachelor's Andrew Firestone. Ashley Judd also will be standing by her man: She and mom Naomi and sister Wynonna will root for her racecar-driver husband Dario Franchitti. The Indy 500 airs on ABC at 12 p.m. EST.
MONDAY, MAY 31: Just call it the short-attention-span Bachelor. The One That Got Away, NBC's new contribution to the reality romance genre, reunites Skipper Kress, a bachelor from Charlotte, N.C. (known locally as the state's most eligible bachelor), with seven former girlfriends. He'll eliminate them one-by-one as he figures out which woman is truly his soulmate. And the best part: It happens all in one two-hour episode. No padding!
TUESDAY, JUNE 1: Scott Peterson's trial begins, and a jury will determine whether the former fertilizer salesman is guilty of killing pregnant wife Laci Peterson and their unborn son, Conner, on or around Dec. 24, 2002. The trial, which will take place in Redwood City, Calif., has already seen its share of twists: Judge Alfred A. Delucchi has agreed to allow contested testimony from one of Peterson's neighbors, Diane Jackson, who told Modesto, Calif., police that she saw three men in the Peterson yard the morning Laci disappeared. Defense lawyers hope the testimony will create reasonable doubt about who really killed Laci Peterson.
FRIDAY, JUNE 4: Don't cry for Jessica Simpson. Sure, her ABC sitcom Jessica got canned prematurely by the network. But Jessica will go back to her day job – singing – when she launches her Jessica Simpson Reality Tour in New Orleans, with stops in New York, Chicago and Dallas. The tour, her first since Newlyweds: Nick & Jessica made her a TV star, will end Aug. 1 in Paso Robles, Calif.
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