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TV remembers Michael Jackson — and Animal Planet remembers Bubbles

As I wrote in Thursday’s paper, The King of Pop will once again rule the airwaves a week from Friday, the one-year anniversary of his untimely death.

News operations like ABC’s “20/20” and CNN have new Michael Jackson-themed specials lined up, while nets such as BET, TV Guide Network, E! and MTV all have plenty of programming to mark June 25 (and the days leading up to it).

Winner for most bizarre special, however, has to be Animal Planet. Yes, ANIMAL PLANET. The Discovery-owned cabler is getting into the act, producing the special “Michael Jackson & Bubbles: The Untold Story.”

PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE let that be as awesome as it sounds. Here’s how Animal Planet describes it: “A documentary about the close relationship between Michael Jackson and Bubbles, his pet chimp. Rarely seen footage of Michael with Bubbles, and his other pets. Interviews from his sister La Toya, and find out what happened to Bubbles nearly 20 years later.”

Here’s a list of MJ-related specials on deck for next week:

ABC

“20/20:
Michael Jackson” (Friday, June 25 – 9 p.m.)

ANIMAL
PLANET

 “Michael
Jackson & Bubbles: The Untold Story” (Tuesday, June 22– 7 p.m., 10 p.m;
Wednesday, June 23 — 6 p.m., 8 p.m.; Thursday, June 24 – 5 p.m., 8 p.m.;
Friday, June 25 — Midnight)

BET

“Michael
Jackson: Our Icon” (Monday, June 21– 10 p.m; Saturday, June 26 – 1:30 a.m.)

“The
Jacksons: An American Dream” (Monday, June 21 – 8 p.m.; Tuesday, June 22 – 1 p.m.,
8 p.m.; Wednesday, June 23 – 1 p.m., 8 p.m.; Thursday, June 24 – 1 p.m.)

 “Top
10 Things You Didn’t Know About Michael Jackson” (Tuesday, June 22 — 3:30 a.m;
Saturday, June 26 – 1 a.m. )

“Michael
Jackson: Life of a Superstar” (Friday, June 25 — 1 p.m.)

“Inside theMichaelJacksonMansion:
Never Can Say Goodbye” (Friday, June 25 — 2 p.m.)

“Michael
Jackson History: The King of Pop” (Friday, June 25 – 8 p.m.)

CNN

“Michael
Jackson: His Final Days” (Friday, June 25 – 5 p.m.; 8 p.m.; 11 p.m.)

E!

“E! True Hollywood Story: Michael
Jackson” (Friday, June 25 – 8 a.m., 1 p.m.)

“E!
Investigates: Last Days of Michael Jackson” (Friday, June 25 – 10 a.m., 3 p.m, 8
p.m.)

“Michael
Jackson” (Friday, June 25 – 11 a.m., 4 p.m., 9 p.m.)

FUSE

“Michael
Jackson: Remember His Time” (Thursday, June 24 – 8 a.m., 1 p.m., 7 p.m.;
Friday, June 25 – Midnight, 8 a.m., 1 p.m., 8:30 p.m.)

“Michael
Jackson: Devotion” (Thursday, June 24 – Noon, 6 p.m., 11 p.m.; Friday, June 25
– 7:30 p.m.)

“Michael
Jackson: A Tribute” (Friday, June 25 – 11 a.m., 6:30 p.m.)

“Michael
Jackson: The Inside Story” (Friday, June 25 – 5 p.m.)

MTV

“Michael
Jackson Influence” (Friday, June 25 – 6:30 p.m.)

“Michael
Jackson’s Top 10 Video Countdown” (Friday, June 25 – 5 p.m.; Saturday, June 26 —
8 a.m.)

“Michael
Jackson Music Videos” (Saturday, June 26 – 6 a.m.)

QVC

“Michael
Jackson Music and Memories” (Friday, June 25 – 8 p.m.)

STARZ

“Michael Jackson: This Is It” (too many airings to list)

TLC

 “The
Secret Lives of Michael Jackson’s Children” (Sunday, June 20– 9 p.m.; Monday,
June 21 — Midnight; Wednesday, June 23—8 p.m.; Thursday, June 24 — 1 a.m.)

TV GUIDE
NETWORK

“Michael
Jackson: His Family Dynasty” (Friday, June 25 — 10 a.m., 4 p.m., 7 p.m.)

“Michael
Jackson’s Entourage: Where Are They Now” (Friday, June 25 – 3 p.m., 6 p.m.)

Hollywood 411: Michael Jackson” (Friday, June 25 – 8 p.m.)

“Michael
Jackson: Gone Too Soon” (Friday, June 25 – 9 p.m.)

TV ONE

“Michael
Jackson: 30th Anniversary Celebration” (Friday, June 25 – 8 p.m.;
Saturday, June 26 — Midnight)

“Man In The
Mirror: The Michael Jackson Story” (Friday, June 25 – 10 p.m.; Saturday, June
26 – 2 a.m.)

VH1

“The Jacksons: An American
Dream” (Sunday, June 20 – 1 p.m.; Friday, June 25 – Noon)

VH1 CLASSIC

“The Jacksons: An American
Dream” (Friday, June 25 – 11 a.m., 5 p.m.)

“Michael
Jackson Videos” (Friday, June 25 – 4 p.m., 10 p.m.)

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