Cable Nets Bid Farewell To Jackson, Fawcett


The cable-network tributes to the lives and careers of entertainer Michael Jackson and actress Farrah Fawcett keep coming.
VH1 Classic, beginning at noon on Saturday June 27, will celebrate the King of Pop's passing with a special music video tribute that will air throughout the weekend. The channel will feature the songs, the performances, the choreography, and the styles that still impact pop culture four decades after he first became a star with The Jackson 5. Hosted by VH1 Top 20 Countdown's Jim Shearer, the tribute will run throughout the weekend until midnight on Sunday, June 29.

Among the historic videos that will air on the service: Another Part Of Me, Bad, Beat It, Billie Jean, Black Or White, Don't Stop ‘Til You Get Enough, Leave Me Alone, Man In The Mirror,Remember The Time, Rock With You, Smooth Criminal, The Way You Make Me Feel and You Are Not Alone.

Sister service VH1 is also remembering the man who gave us Thriller, the best-selling album of all time, via news packages, as well as a VH1 News special covering Jackson's entire biography. Beginning Saturday, VH1 will also air "Michael Jackson: King Of Videos," a two-hour video tribute special that Jackson himself called the special's producer to thank them for their work.
Fans can get continual updates at VH1's Playlists of all of Jackson's greatest videos are on And fans' video and text tributes will run across all of VH1's Web sites, including,, and the VH1 Blog.
For its part, MTV News is encoring a new special, A Celebration of Michael Jackson on MTV, featuring the entertainer's greatest moments on the service, hosted by Sway. The special also includes messages and call-ins from artists expressing their thoughts and memories of Jackson. Also on tap throughout the weekend: reairs of Randy Jackson's: America's Best Dance Crew, featuring Jackson's classic hits.

Read what MTV Networks Music and Logo president Van Toffler in a Q&A has to say about Jackson's legacy here.

E! Entertainment will debut an E! News special: Michael & Farrah: Lost Icons on June 27 at 10:30a.m. (ET/PT). This 30-minute special chronicles the lives of two famous American icons who died on June 25.
The True Hollywood Story: Michael Jackson is also set for numerous plays, including Saturday at 11 a.m and June 28 at 1 p.m. The two-hour documentary about the life of the legend charts his journey from childhood to superstardom.
On July 1 at 10 p.m., the Comcast-owned service will serve the special Michael Jackson. With full cooperation from Sony, Michael Jackson and the Jackson organization, this one-hour documentary unspools personal home videos, new and archival interviews with Jackson, his family and friends, including a comment from the choreographer who taught the pop icon how to do his trademarked "moonwalk."

TV Land will honor the memory of the Hollywood actress and pop culture icon Fawcett with a tribute presentation of a pair of Charlie's Angels episodes from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m.. In "Hell Ride,"  the girls go undercover to investigate a conspiracy surrounding the death of a female racer, while in "Angels In Chains" the group is put behind bars to uncover a murder-extortion scheme at a prison-farm.

Two half-hour installments of reality show Chasing Farrah follow in the 9 p.m. hour.

WGN America. meanwhile, will preempt regular programming to air a "Charlie's Angels" marathon of 10 episodes in tribute to Farrah Fawcett

The marathon -- with installments at 7 p.m. and 8 p.m. (CT) on Saturday and extending from 4 p.m. on Sunday until 1 a.m. Monday June 29 --  will air as part of the network's "Outta Sight Retro Nights" package, only with the Charlie's Angels title treatment and the graphic byline: "A Tribute to Farrah." The marathon will include hosted interstitials recalling highlights of Fawcett's career.

In memory of Jackson, TV Land will air the 1992 five hour miniseries, The Jacksons: An American Dream, tracing the progression from childhood to international stardom, on June 28 from 2 p.m. to 7 p.m., with an immediate encore.
Noted TV Land president Larry Jones: "Airing these tributes allows our viewers to remember and understand the legacies that will continue into the future. We invite our audience to remember where they were the first time they heard The Jackson 5 singing 'ABC,' saw the iconic 'Thriller' music video or witnessed history when they heard the angels call 'Charlie' for the first time. They will both be missed terribly by all."
Bio will pay its tribute to the iconic American beauty, poster girl and star of the play Extremities and the acclaimed telefilm The Burning Bed, with Bio Remembers: Farrah Fawcett on June 29 at 10 p.m.
Bio is also commemorating Jackson Saturday at 10 p.m. with the special Bio Remembers: Michael Jackson. The profile, which includes interviews with Smokey Robinson, Gladys Knight, Liza Minnelli and family members La Toya Jackson, Katherine Jackson and Jermaine Jackson, aspires to paint the complete picture of the pop star.
For its part, TV One preempted its regular primetime schedule June 26 to air an up-to-date documentary, The Michael Jackson Story, which celebrates the prolific career of Jackson from his start in Gary, Indiana with his brothers in the Jackson Five to the announcement of his 2009 World Tour, including rarely seen archival footage.