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Michael Jackson one year later: A quick glance at TV specials




Just as it interrupted programming across the TV dial a year ago, the death of Michael Jackson again will dominate television this weekend. Here is just a sampling of what we found coming our way Thursday through Sunday.

Michael Jackson: After Life (ABC): ABC News’ 20/20 chronicles the ongoing investigation into Jackson’s death and how his children are adjusting.. Friday at 9 p.m.

Michael Jackson & Bubbles: The Untold Story (APL): The King of Pop goes bananas for a chimpanzee. Thursday at 8 p.m., 11 p.m.; Friday at 3 a.m.; Saturday at 6 p.m.; Sunday at 7 p.m.  

Michael Jackson: The King of Pop (BET): Rare footage of Jackson and interviews with friends and family. Friday at 8 p.m.

Inside the Michael Jackson Mansion (BET): A tour of the home in western Los Angeles where the singer collapsed and died. Friday at 2 p.m.

Michael Jackson: Life of a Superstar (BET): His musical career from the beginning of his solo career to his collaboration with Quincy Jones. Friday at 1 p.m.

Michael Jackson: The Final Days (CNN): Drama unfolds at M.J.’s home in his last days. Friday at 8 p.m. and 11 p.m.; Saturday at 2 a.m.

E! Entertainment Specials: Michael Jackson (E!): Interviews and video clips chronicle his rise from the Jackson 5 to solo performer. Airs Friday at 11 a.m., 4 p.m., 9 p.m.; Saturday at 3 p.m.; and Sunday at 8 a.m.

E! Investigates: Last Days of Michael Jackson (E!): M.J’s bizarre life comes to light as the investigation into the circumstances of his death continues. Friday at 10 a.m., 3 p.m. and 8 p.m.

The E! True Hollywood Story: Michael Jackson (E!): An in-depth look at the career and life of troubled pop superstar. Friday at 8 a.m. and 1 p.m.

Michael Jackson: The Inside Story (Fuse): A 90-minute documentary on his controversial life and conspiracies surrounding his death. Friday at 8 p.m.

Michael Jackson: A Tribute (Fuse): An hour-long documentary on how his music and charity work changed the world. Friday at 9:30 p.m.

Michael Jackson’s Influence on Music (MTV): Videos from artists who have been impacted by Jackson. Friday at 6:30 p.m.

Michael Jackson’s Top 10 Video Countdown (MTV ): Fans vote on their favorite videos. Friday at 5 p.m. and Saturday at 8 a.m.

Michael Jackson’s This Is It (STARZ): The 2009 movie is basically behind-the-scenes footage of rehearsals for Jackson’s planned series of concerts in London. It’s on DVD in stores, but the cable channel STARZ also is airing it Friday at 8:07 p.m. and Saturday at 7:20 a.m. and 4:45 p.m.

Michael Jackson’s Entourage: Where Are They Now (TVGN): What friends and performers are doing nowadays. Friday at 6 p.m., Saturday at 5 p.m., Sunday at 9 p.m.

Michael Jackson: His Family Dynasty (TVGN): A look at his intimate relationships with his family. Friday at 1 p.m. and 7 p.m.; Sunday at 5 p.m, 8 p.m. and 11 p.m.

Michael Jackson: 30th Anniversary Special (TVONE): Festivities in Madison Square Garden celebrate his 30-year career and include a reunion with the Jackson Five, as well as duets with Whitney Houston and ‘N Sync. Friday at 8 p.m. and midnight; Saturday at 4 p.m.

The Jacksons: An American Dream (VH1): a 5-hour mini-series based on the true story of Jackson and his family. Friday at noon.

[Last modified: Tuesday, June 22, 2010 11:34am]


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