King of Pop to take over airwaves on June 25
The King of Pop will once again rule the airwaves a week from Friday, the one-year anniversary of his untimely death.Michael Jackson will appear up and down the dial on June 25, as cablers including MTV, E! Entertainment and TV Guide Network sked new and repeat Michael Jackson-themed fare. At least one network news division is also getting into the act, planning a primetime special for the evening. ABC News is set to air a new two-hour report that night on “20/20” chronicling the ongoing investigation into Jackson’s death, as well as how his children are adjusting without their father. Special “20/20” will include interviews with Jackson’s personal makeup artist and his stylists, as well as what the network is billing a “new tour” of Neverland Ranch. (NBC News, meanwhile, said its two-hour “Dateline” episode that evening will not be devoted to Jackson fare.) At MTV, which suspended programming last year and played Jackson videos soon after the superstar died, the channel will once again highlight his music via several specials. That includes a “Michael Jackson’s Top 10 Video Countdown,” set to air on June 25 and again the next day, as well as a two-hour block of Jackson videos June 26. Additionally, MTV will run the one-hour special “Michael Jackson’s Influence on Music,” which chronicles artists that have been inspired by the artist’s songs, choreography and style, on June 25. Sister net VH1, meanwhile, is running five-hour 1992 telepic “The Jacksons: An American Dream.” Airing throughout the day and evening of June 25 on E! Entertainment Television are the hour-longs “E! True Hollywood Story: Michael Jackson,” “E! Investigates: The Last Days of Michael Jackson” and the special “Michael Jackson.” Then there’s the TV Guide Network, which made an investment in the anniversary by acquiring the documentary “Michael Jackson: Gone Too Soon,” from Shine Intl. (Daily Variety, June 11). TV Guide Network is supplementing that two-hour movie with the specials “Michael Jackson’s Entourage: Where Are They Now” and “Michael Jackson: His Family Dynasty,” as well as a special edition of “Hollywood 411.” Among other cablers, music network Fuse is running two new specials, “Michael Jackson: The Inside Story” and “Michael Jackson: A Tribute,” on June 25.