What’s purple and Browne and rocks all over? PEOPLE finds out the punchline, while delivering the scoop on what’s happening in the coming week:
ROCK ON: Like that old time rock ‘n’ roll? Bob Seger does — and now he’s getting honored for it. The Detroit rocker is one of this year’s inductees into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Joining him at New York’s Waldorf Astoria Hotel on Monday, March 15 are fellow Class of 2004 honorees Prince, Jackson Browne, the Dells, Traffic, ZZ Top and Rolling Stone publisher Jann S. Wenner. George Harrison also will be honored posthumously. For his part, Prince has plans to raise the roof, telling Rolling Stone recently: “I have an extended amount of time, so I’m going to do my thing.” VH1 will air the ceremony on Sunday, March 21.
LUCKY GUY: Though former Kansas City Chiefs cheerleader Melana Scantlin disappointed viewers when she chose pretty-boy Jason Peoples over regular-guy Adam Mesh in the original “Average Joe,” the New York-based finance whiz is getting his sweet revenge with his own TV show. Mesh will try to find his dream woman when “Average Joe: Adam Returns” debuts on NBC Monday, March 15. This time, instead of getting sent home on a bus all by his lonesome, the toothy trader will be in the power position, picking his soulmate from a batch of ladies both “average” and “hot.” “As for the woman I am looking for,” Mesh writes on NBC’s website, “to start she will want me on the plane with her!”
YOU’RE HIRED! Think you’ve got what it takes to work for The Donald? Flock to New York on Thursday, March 18, where from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. aspiring business moguls will have the opportunity to show their acumen (and, hopefully, charisma) as they audition for the next season of the hit show “The Apprentice.” Gathering at 40 Wall Street (a Trump building, of course) will be the funny-haired man himself, along with sidekicks George Ross and Carolyn Kepcher — and a camera crew to document all the corporate fun. It’s the first stop on a “recruitment tour,” which will also head to Atlanta, Boston, Chicago, Miami and San Francisco. Hopefuls be warned: as the NBC ads have ominously cautioned all week, don’t cross Carolyn.
GET DOWN: Janet Jackson will make her first TV appearance since her Super Bowl stunt when she attends the Soul Train Music Awards, airing live (in syndication) from the International Cultural Center in Los Angeles on Saturday, March 20. Meanwhile, Beyonce leads the list of nominees (surprise, surprise) with four, including best R&B/soul album for “Dangerously in Love.”
AND FINALLY… Up-and-coming bands aren’t the only ones heading to Austin, Texas, for the annual South by Southwest music festival: Actors-turned-singers are also striking a chord. The music kicks off on Wednesday, March 17, and Minnie Driver — who’s taken the focus off her acting career to pursue her singing — will perform her own brand of soulful folk on Saturday, March 20.