WEEK AHEAD: Six Feet Under Rises Again
06/11/2004 AT 02:00 PM EDT
SUNDAY, JUNE 13: Now that viewers have bid adieu to The Sopranos for the season, everyone's favorite undertaker family is back on HBO for more dysfunction and dealings with the dead. Six Feet Under picks up with now-single dad Nate (Peter Krause) coping with the death last season of his wife Lisa (Lili Taylor). Also back battling their demons are rebellious sister Claire (Lauren Ambrose), brother David (Michael C. Hall) and his lover Keith (Mathew St. Patrick), newly remarried mom Ruth (Frances Conroy) – and Nate's former girlfriend Brenda (Rachel Griffiths).
TUESDAY, JUNE 15: He's conquered real estate, TV and now Donald Trump has his sights set on radio. The loquacious business magnate will launch his new show called (what else?) Trumped! The nationally syndicated program will be short and sweet, consisting of 60- to 90-second daily commentaries in which Trump espouses his views on everything from entertainment to politics and news. And when the second installment of The Apprentice returns to NBC this fall, The Donald will reserve Fridays to talk about the previous night's firing. Sweet synergy.
WEDNESDAY, JUNE 16: Paris Hilton and pal Nicole Richie are baaaack – as the second season of their hit FOX show The Simple Life premieres. Last season the Beverly Hills belles were plunked down in the middle of rural Arkansas, but this time the duo will be road-tripping across the United States in a 25-foot Airstream trailer. Among their adventures: working as chambermaids in a nudist colony, stuffing sausages in a factory and bemoaning the fact that, alas, they can't use their cell phones (it's against producers' rules). Despite their tight living quarters and less-than-lush lives, says Richie of making The Simple Life 2: "We made the best out of a really bad situation."
And speaking of road trips, a caravan of rotating rockers will kick off a tour to encourage young people to register to vote and get involved in the political process. Alanis Morissette, Maroon 5, the Dixie Chicks, Michelle Branch, Jason Mraz, Hoobastank and the Black Eyed Peas are among those participating in the Rock the Vote tour, kicking off in Los Angeles and continuing on a five-month, 50-city bus voyage through college campuses and other venues around the country. The free concerts will also include on-the-ground outreach in time for Election Day, Tuesday, Nov. 2.
FRIDAY, JUNE 18: Take cover: Courtney Love is going on tour. The former Hole rocker – charged Tuesday with felony assault with a deadly weapon – launches her first solo tour in New Haven, Conn., in support of her album America's Sweetheart. The tour starts just one day after the embattled singer heads back to court on felony charges of illegally possessing prescription painkillers. Maybe the 24-date tour (which ends July 23 in L.A.) will help Love get her life back on track while juicing up record sales: Since its February release, America's Sweetheart has sold only 86,000 copies in the U.S.