Fox Dials Up New Michael Jackson Special
The Michael Jackson television frenzy isn't over. Jackson, who delivered millions of viewers to ABC, NBC and Fox during the February ratings sweeps, will be the subject of a two-hour Fox special to kiThe Michael Jackson television frenzy isn't over. Jackson, who delivered millions of viewers to ABC, NBC and Fox during the February ratings sweeps, will be the subject of a two-hour Fox special to kick off the next sweeps month. The program, with the working title "Michael Jackson's Private Home Movies," will offer a peek into the pop star's private home movie collection, Fox said.
The April 24 show will provide "unprecedented access to thousands of hours of never-before-seen footage revealing his real life, family, and friends."
A wave of Jackson programming hit the networks for February sweeps, one of several periods of intense ratings measurement used to help set advertising rates. A "Dateline NBC" special on Jackson's changing face drew more than 14 million viewers, while an interview with Jackson by British journalist Martin Bashir attracted an audience of 27 million to ABC.
Jackson, displeased with the Bashir program, gave his side of the story on a Fox special that drew 14 million viewers. Brad Lachman, who produced the Fox special, also is producing the home movies show.
In other Jackson news, the artist has canceled plans to appear in Austria next weekend because of concerns about security. He had been scheduled to give a concert and introduce a charity project for children on Sunday (April 13) in the western Austrian ski resort of Ischgl. A spokesperson for the event's organizer said Jackson was canceling the show because of security risks related to world political events.
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