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Inside Move: ABC ‘Secret’ weapon: New Jacko doc

Net gets in on Jacksonmania with multiple specials

Wacko Jacko is backo — and just in time for sweeps!

ABC, which scored the surprise of the sweeps last week with its blockbuster “Happy Days” reunion, is planning another Thursday night attack. Its weapon this time: “Michael Jackson’s Secret World,” a two-hour documentary special hosted by “20/20” correspondent Martin Bashir set to air Feb. 17 from 9-11 p.m.

Bashir, of course, shot to fame in the States when the Alphabet aired his 2003 documentary “Living With Michael Jackson,” in which the pop star admitted he still slept in the same room as his underage guests. That special produced big numbers for ABC — and, in fact, is one of the few ABC programs (save for “Happy Days” and “Are You Hot?”) that have managed to make a dent in the Thursday competish for the Alphabet.

ABC is staying mum about the details of Bashir’s latest effort, which is still very much a work in progress. Insiders, however, said it will likely contain plenty of video footage showing Jackson with minors, including the one at the heart of Jackson’s current criminal trial. Not surprisingly, Jackson didn’t provide a new interview to ABC News.

Alphabet is making the most of Jackomania, with Bashir landing an interview with former Jackson pal Corey Feldman. That conversation airs Friday night on “20/20.”

Syndie entertainment newsmags, particularly “Entertainment Tonight,” have been covering Jackson’s court case exhaustively, while Fox News anchor Geraldo Rivera scored headlines with his one-on-one with Jackson earlier this month.

So far, however, Jackson’s primetime role seems much more limited than two years ago, when ABC, Fox and NBC all went crazy for the story during the November sweeps.

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