WEEK AHEAD: Lindsay Lohan Turns Pop Star
MONDAY, DEC. 6: Opening statements are expected to begin Monday in the Robert Blake murder trial. A jury of seven men and five women (and six alternates) has been selected, and Blake's lawyer said Thursday he hopes to go forward with the trial despite the recent theft of a computer that contained what a court representative described as "the heart and soul of the defense case." The Baretta star is accused of killing his wife, Bonny Lee Bakley, on May 4, 2001, outside a Los Angeles-area restaurant. Prosecutors say Blake's motive for murdering Bakley was to get custody of their daughter, Rose, who's now 4 years old. Blake, who is free on bail but under house arrest, has pleaded not guilty to the charges.
On the same day, Bachelorette sweethearts Trista Rehn and Ryan Sutter will celebrate their one-year anniversary (which is about a decade in reality-show years). The couple, who married in a lavish $4 million wedding broadcast on ABC, are returning to their reality-show roots for the occasion: They'll vacation for several days at a luxurious South African safari resort and their excursion will be documented by the Travel Channel in a special called Trista and Ryan's Honeymoon Hotspots. Their getaway across the globe (including footage from their life in Vail, Colo., a visit to New York as well as other trips) will air in February on the network.
TUESDAY, DEC. 7: Lindsay Lohan hopes to add "pop star" to her resume with the release of her solo debut album, Speak. The actress-turned-singer (who performed several songs on the soundtracks for her films Freaky Friday and Confessions of a Teenage Drama Queen) cowrote five of the 12 tracks on the pop-rock CD. "I didn't want my album to be some prototype voice, like, 'this is the singer.' I wanted it to have all aspects of my voice in it. I wanted it to just be me, raw, as much as it could be," Lohan tells PEOPLE. So far, the reviews are promising: PEOPLE music critic Chuck Arnold calls it a "competent collection of teen pop," and she also has some high-powered help from music mogul Tommy Mottola – who helped Jennifer Lopez and ex-wife Mariah Carey sail up the charts.
In other music news, artists will be crossing their fingers as the nominees are announced for the 47th annual Grammy Awards. Who will make the cut? "Redneck Woman" singer Gretchen Wilson, Mark McGrath and Kanye West are among the musicians naming names in Hollywood. The winners will be announced live in a ceremony airing on CBS Feb. 13 from L.A.'s Staples Center.
WEDNESDAY, DEC. 8: Ryan Seacrest will take center stage as the host of the Billboard Music Awards, which will be held at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas and will air live on FOX. The awards honor the No. 1 artists and songs as determined by record sales and radio airplay. Top nominees include Usher, Maroon 5 and Beyonce. Nelly, Gwen Stefani and Green Day are among the performers hitting the stage. And Stevie Wonder will receive Billboard's Century Award, the magazine's highest honor.