Cable Networks Set Tributes To Jackson, Fawcett


Several cable networks will air tribute programming to pop music superstar Michael Jackson and actress Farrah Fawcett, both of whom died today (June 25).

TV One will pre-empt its regular primetime schedule June 26 to air an up-to-date documentary about Jackson, who died suddenly Wednesday afternoon.

The Michael Jackson Story, which celebrates the prolific career of Jackson from his start in Gary, Indiana with the Jackson Five to the announcement of his 2009 World Tour -- including rarely seen archival footage -- will air at 8 p.m. and repeat at 11 p.m. said the network.

BIO Channel will celebrate his life and untimely death Saturday as part of a 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, the documentary paints the complete picture of the greatest pop star of all time, according to the network.

Fawcett, who died Wednesday after a long battle with cancer, will be memorialized on TV Land with a tribute presentation this Saturday. TV Land will air the first two episodes of the 2005 TV Land original series, Chasing Farrah, which chronicled her daily life as one of the most recognized stars in the world, beginning at 9 p.m.

"Farrah Fawcett was much more than a Hollywood icon, but a friend and colleague," explains Larry W. Jones, president, TV Land in a statement. "We are honored to have known her and worked with her and will remember her fondly. Our hearts go out to Farrah's entire family."