Plus: The Bachelor looks for love, U2 kicks off tour, and more

By Marla Lehner
Updated March 25, 2005 09:00 AM
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Cameron Diaz’s new reality adventure show Trippin’ will send the actress on some extreme field trips around the world. PEOPLE takes a look at her TV series, plus other events to watch for in the coming week:

MONDAY, MARCH 28: Cameron Diaz goes globetrotting in her new MTV eco-reality travel show, Trippin’ (10:30 p.m.). The adventuresome actress– and famous friends such as Drew Barrymore and Jessica Alba – will journey to far-flung destinations such as the glaciers outside Patagonia, the grasslands of Nepal and the hot springs of Yellowstone National Park. The show is meant to raise awareness about environmental issues, and follows Diaz and her pals fly-fishing (“fishing (expletive) sucks, man” says a frustrated DMX in one episode), visiting monks in Nepal and sand-boarding in Chile, among other activities. Of her expeditions, which are far from luxury vacations, Diaz has said: “These trips have been the adventure of a lifetime.”

Meanwhile, another adventure will begin for Charlie O’Connell, 29, the younger brother of Crossing Jordan‘s Jerry O’Connell, who stars as ABC’s newest Bachelor (9 p.m.). This time, in a break from Bachelor tradition, O’Connell will date both finalists until making his choice live on the show’s May finale. Though Charlie and Jerry – who’s dating Rebecca Romijn – have a bit of a rep as party guys, “I’m also a loyal boy who likes to have a girlfriend,” says Charlie. “I always promised my mom I wouldn’t get married ’til I was at least 30.” Since that birthday happens to be April 21, “it’s knocking on the door. I’m ready to settle down.”

In what may be the biggest tour of the year, Irish rockers (and newly minted Rock and Roll Hall of Famers) U2 will kick off their Vertigo 2005 world tour in San Diego on Monday to support their latest album, How to Dismantle an Atomic Bomb. The group, – guitarist The Edge, bassist Adam Clayton, drummer Larry Mullen Jr. and frontman Bono – will cover 13 cities in North America before heading to Europe in June. During the group’s recent induction into the Rock Hall of Fame, Bruce Springsteen said of them: “They are the keepers of some of the most beautiful sonic orchestration in rock and roll.” But it’s not been all high notes for the group: Their tour was marred before it even began over a snafu in which fan club members who were supposed to get first crack at tickets, got shut out. The band issued several apologies and offered refunds to members of U2’s subscription service.

WEDNESDAY, MARCH 30: Former American Idol champ Kelly Clarkson launches her first solo tour in Tulsa, Okla. at the Tulsa Performing Arts Center. Clarkson’s road trip, to support her platinum-selling Breakaway disc, will hit 35 cities before wrapping up in late May. Meantime, she says she’s not getting any butterflies – yet: “Nothing makes me happier than being out on the road,” she said. “I can’t wait to see the fans.” She added: “I’m really excited and I know it’s going to be awesome.”