It sometimes seems like the last time CNN could point to good ratings was when Michael Jackson died. So perhaps it’s no surprise the network would offer a Michael Jackson special on June 25, capitalizing on the first anniversary (as hard as that is to believe) of the singer’s death.
Anchor lightweight Don Lemon will host “Michael Jackson — The Final Days” at 8 p.m. (ET and PT), followed by a special edition of Larry King’s show devoted to Jackson.
According to CNN’s release, “Jermaine Jackson, who says he was unaware of the extent of his brother’s alleged drug use that other family members and friends have described, tells Lemon that there was a conspiracy to kill his brother. When Lemon asks Jermaine Jackson directly about the culpability of Michael Jackson’s last physician, Dr. Conrad Murray, who is currently standing trial accused of involuntary manslaughter, Jermaine Jackson responds with, ‘I think he [Dr. Murray] know[s] the players. And I think if you squeeze his hand hard enough, he would say.'”
CNN claims that Lemon’s reporting “unspools the confusing reports still swirling around [Jackson’s] death.” But inasmuch as Jackson remains a cottage industry, I suspect CNN is more than happy to let that confusion linger for awhile, and that — especially given its timing, coinciding with the dog days of summer — we’ll be seeing Jackson anniversary specials around this time, a bit like new JFK conspiracy documentaries, for years and years to come.