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Michael Jackson TV Specials and Tributes

by Kim Potts, posted Jun 26th 2009 2:00PM
Michael JacksonNetworks have rolled out nonstop news and retrospective coverage on Michael Jackson since his shocking death on Thursday, and more will follow.

Among the highlights of the networks' coverage so far of Jackson's death:

- MTV and VH1 unspooled classic Jackson videos like 'Thriller' and 'Beat It.'

- MTV has interviews with celebs like Snoop Dogg, Sheryl Crow, Fat Joe and Pete Wentz on their reactions to his death.

- Fox News reported on Jackson's infamous financial woes and speculation on what will happen to his children.Networks have rolled out nonstop news and retrospective coverage on Michael Jackson since his shocking death on Thursday, and more will follow. Here are current and upcoming plans the networks have made to further honor the late legend.

Airing This Weekend:

- MTV: Will devote their entire airtime to Michael Jackson this weekend. The network is scheduled to air non-stop Michael Jackson music videos, performances and footage until 6PM today, in addition to messages from celebrities and fans. MTV will follow up with a number of specials, including the brand-new 'A Celebration of Michael Jackson on MTV' at 6PM, as well as an encore presentation of the Michael Jackson-themed 'America's Best Dance Crew' at 7PM. Encore editions of both specials will air throughout the weekend.

- VH1: Also plans a weekend-long marathon of Jackson videos.

- CNN: 'Larry King Live' (tonight at 9PM) will feature Liza Minnelli, Usher, Quincy Jones, Deepak Chopra, Miko Brando and others with their thoughts on Michael Jackson. The special will also include the 9-1-1 tape and news on the autopsy report.

- E!: Will air the news special 'Michael & Farrah: Lost Icons' (E!, Saturday, 10:30AM ET), a new 30-minute tribute to the pop culture icons.

- E!: 'True Hollywood Story' will re-air (E!, Saturday, 5PM ET)

- Biography: 'Bio Remembers: Michael Jackson' (Bio Channel, Saturday, 10PM), a special that covers Jackson's life from childhood and his career with the Jackson 5 through to his superstar days as the King of Pop and his death, including interviews with Smokey Robinson, Gladys Knight, Liza Minnelli and members of the Jackson family.

- Fox: For the first time in the show's history, an 'American Idol' episode will repeat. The season eight two-hour installment that featured the contestants singing Michael Jackson songs, will repeat on Fox Monday night at 8PM.

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Initial Coverage:

- MTV and VH1: Unspooled classic Jackson videos like 'Thriller' and 'Beat It.'

- MTV: Has interviews with celebs like Snoop Dogg, Sheryl Crow, Fat Joe and Pete Wentz on their reactions to his death.

- Fox News: Reported on Jackson's infamous financial woes and speculation on what will happen to his children.

- CNN: A special midnight edition of 'Larry King Live' included in-studio guest Smokey Robinson, Jackson's Motown labelmate. Earlier in the evening, King had reactions from celebs like Cher and Celine Dion.

- CNN: Coverage of Jackson's death also included an anecdote from Anderson Cooper - whose mom is socialite Gloria Vanderbilt - about how, at age 10, he'd gone to Studio 54 with Michael Jackson.

- E!: Re-aired its 'True Hollywood Story' on Jackson.

- ABC: 'Nightline' recalled Martin Bashir's interview with Jackson from 2003, and recalled Jackson's relationships with and influence on fellow musicians like Lionel Richie, Quincy Jones, Paula Abdul, Salt-n-Pepa and Wyclef Jean.

- MSNBC: Focused on a timeline of Jackson's financial, legal and career woes.

- And most networks included coverage of Jackson fan gatherings in Time Square and at the Apollo Theater in Harlem, as well as vigils in Los Angeles, and readings of celebs' reactions to his death.

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Michael Jackson Photos

    Michael Jackson at the Martell Foundation Dinner on April 14, 1984.

    Ron Galella, WireImage

    FILE - In this Jan. 31, 1993 file picture, Michael Jackson performs during the halftime show at the Super Bowl XXVII in Pasadena, Calif. Jackson has died in Los Angeles at age 50 on Thursday, June 25, 2009. (AP Photo/Rusty Kennedy)

    Rusty Kennedy, AP

    Bubble's, Michael Jackson's Pet chimpanzee.

    Jim Smeal, WireImage

    US popstar Michael Jackson addresses a press conference at the O2 arena in London, on March 5, 2009. Pop megastar Michael Jackson announced Thursday he will play a series of comeback concerts in London in July, his first major shows for over a decade. Four years after his infamous child abuse trial, the 50-year-old eccentric singer confirmed he will play 10 gigs at the giant London O2 arena starting on July 8. AFP PHOTO/Carl de Souza (Photo credit should read CARL DE SOUZA/AFP/Getty Images)

    Carl De Souza, AFP / Getty Images

    Michael Jackson shopping for art pieces in Beverly Hills April 20, 2009 X17online.com

    X17online

    Diana Ross & Michael Jackson

    Barry King, WireImage

    British singer Lily Allen performs at the Glastonbury festival in Somerset, Friday June 26 2009. Glastonbury revelers were coming to terms with the loss of Michael Jackson today as they coped with boggy conditions during a morning of solid rain. (AP Photo/Joel Ryan)

    AP

    British singer Lily Allen performs at the Glastonbury festival in Somerset, Friday June 26 2009. Glastonbury revellers were coming to terms with the loss of Michael Jackson Friday as they coped with boggy conditions during a morning of solid rain.(AP Photo/Joel Ryan)

    AP

    A sidewalk shrine of mementoes, flowers, candles and notes adorns the star of Michael Jackson on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in Los Angeles Friday, June 26, 2009. Jackson died Thursday of an apparent heart attack. (AP Photo/Reed Saxon)

    AP

    People walk past a tribute to Michael Jackson in Toronto, June 26, 2009. Jackson, the child star turned King of Pop who set the world dancing but whose musical genius was overshadowed by a bizarre lifestyle and sex scandals, died on Thursday. He was 50. REUTERS/Mark Blinch (CANADA ENTERTAINMENT OBITUARY IMAGES OF THE DAY)

    Reuters



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