Don’t Stop ‘Til You Get Enough: CBS Slots Another Jackson Special in Primetime

Jun 30, 2009  •  Post A Comment

The parade of primetime specials devoted to Michael Jackson will continue Tuesday, with CBS deciding to devote another installment of "48 Hours" to the fallen King of Pop.

The network is dropping a planned "48 Hours Mystery" repeat for "Michael Jackson: Picking up the Pieces," a "48 Hours" special which will air at 10 p.m. Tuesday. It marks the second special Jackson edition of the newsmagazine since the singer died unexpectedly Thursday.

CBS has been relatively conservative with its primetime coverage of Jackson, at least compared to ABC and, in particular, NBC.

NBC has devoted at least part of one hour of primetime to the Jackson story every night since he passed away, except for Saturday.

Monday, the network aired a condensed version of a Martin Bashir-produced Jackson special under the "Dateline" banner. Sunday’s "Dateline" included a Jackson segment, while the network aired at least one hour of Jackson programming last Thursday and Friday.

Fox has avoided news coverage of Jackson in primetime. It’s instead focused on entertainment programming with a Jackson bent, including a repeat of a Jackson-themed edition of "American Idol."

–Josef Adalian


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