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Discovery's Michael Jackson Autopsy Special Raises Ire, Writer Aron Abrams Dies at 50 and More

by Chris Harnick, posted Dec 30th 2010 1:00PM
Michael JacksonDiscovery Communication's planned UK special, 'Michael Jackson: L'Autopsie,' has angered the co-executors of Michael Jackson's estate.

The European program set to air Jan. 13 will reportedly feature a recreation of Jackson's autopsy. According to the Wall Street Journal, Jackson estate co-executors John Branca and John McClain have called for Discovery to pull the special before broadcast.

"Your decision to even schedule this program is in shockingly bad taste, insensitive to Michael's family, and appears motivated solely by your blind desire to exploit Michael's death, while cynically attempting to dupe the public into believing this show will have some serious medical value," the two wrote in a letter to Discovery.

In other TV news ...

Veteran sitcom writer/producer Aron Abrams has died. Known for his work on shows such as '3rd Rock From the Sun' and 'Grounded For Life,' Abrams died of a heart attack at the age of 50 on Christmas Day. [Deadline Hollywood]

Conan O'Brien is closing out the year with high ratings amongst the 18-34-year-old crowd. During the first six weeks of 'Conan,' the median age of the audience was 33 years old. [EW]

ABC Family will end 2010 with high ratings amongst women. The network had two of the most-watched scripted cable shows among women 18-34, "Pretty Little Liars" and 'The Secret Life of the American Teenager." [Variety]

Time Warner Cable is in another fee dispute. The cable provider is at odds with TV firm Sinclair Broadcast Group. Sinclair operates 58 TV stations around the country from upstate New York to San Antonio, Texas. Sinclair is reportedly asking for an increase of 10 cents per subscriber per month, making it an estimated 25 cents per month. [Hollywood Reporter]

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