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Posted at 1:41 PM ET, 06/24/2010

Michael Jackson tribute preview: What to expect on the anniversary of his death

By Jen Chaney

Friday, June 25th, the one-year anniversary of Michael Jackson's death, may as well be called International Michael Jackson Day. No matter where one turns tomorrow -- to the television, the Internet, down an unassuming block in their own neigborhood -- there is a good chance reminders of the Gloved One will await.

What can you expect to see, besides the very predictable image of at least one person wearing that red leather "Beat It" jacket or a few zombies recreating the "Thriller" dance?

Here's a quick list of some of the more notable items on the MJ tribute agenda.

On Television

Expect a pseudo-takeover of your broadcast and cable networks on Friday, starting in the morning.

The CBS "Early Show" is devoting its entire 8 a.m. hour to a King of Pop tribute, with performances by Christina Aguilera, L.L. Cool J and Marc Anthony.

NBC's "Dateline" has an exclusive interview with Katherine Jackson, Michael's mother, for its usual Friday night program. Not to be outdone, 20/20 devotes two hours to the "Thriller" man with "Michael Jackson: After Life."

MTV is airing a Michael Jackson Top 10 Video Countdown and "Michael Jackson's Influence on Music," but at a time when barely anyone watches TV: between the hours of 5 and 7:30 p.m. (Its Friday evening schedule has been reserved for far more important programming, like "The Hard Times of RJ Berger" and a screening of the 2005 Paris Hilton classic "House of Wax.")

Meanwhile, BET is airing "Michael Jackson History: King of Pop," during the prime time hours between 8 and 10 p.m., while VH-1 Classic will alternate its entire Friday schedule between the 1992 TV movie "The Jacksons: An American Dream" (starring Freddy "Boom Boom" Washington, aka Lawrence Hilton Jacobs, as Papa Joe and Angela Bassett as Katherine) and the All-Time Top 10 episode devoted to Jackson.

Thriller Flash Mob-O-Rama

Expect multiple performances of the "Thriller" dance to come from various corners of the globe as a tribute to the late pop icon. (These will eventually join the cavalcade of pre-existing "Thriller" dance videos currently terrorizing y'alls online neighborhoods on YouTube.) The Filipino prisoners who became famous for recreating the "Thriller" dance evidently plan to do it again. So will zombie wannabes at the San Diego Fair, Philadelphia's Rittenhouse Square (on Saturday) and in New York's Times Square. Dancing will be prohibited, however, at Forest Lawn Cemetery, where Jackson's grave site is located.

Other Big Events

Expect to see plenty of TV footage of mourners outside the aforementioned Forest Lawn. In the singer's hometown of Gary, Ind., a new Jackson memorial will be unveiled and, later in the evening, a candlelight ceremony will be held. Fans also are expected to gather at the Apollo Theater, which will post a special MJ message on its marquee.

Certainly this information merely scratches the surface of Michael Jackson tributes. Do you plan to do anything to commemorate Jackson's passing, or are you just hoping all this fanfare stops well before you've gotten enough (assuming you haven't already)?


Related links:


A D.C. shrine to Michael Jackson

La Toya Jackson and the Bubbles reunion

Make your own Michael Jackson "Greatest Hits" album


By Jen Chaney  | June 24, 2010; 1:41 PM ET
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Comments

I plan to go about my day as usual. Maybe listen to an MJ tune on my iPod.

Posted by: JLRGG | June 24, 2010 2:00 PM | Report abuse

What to expect on the anniversary of MJ's death:

Well, it's my dog's birthday, so I'll be making her scrambled eggs instead of kibble.

And if the media is going to obsess over this, I'll be taking a day off where I turn off the TV and computer, take a walk and then read a book.

Posted by: Chasmosaur1 | June 24, 2010 2:07 PM | Report abuse

Happy Birthday to Chasmosaur1's dog! Woof!!

Posted by: JLRGG | June 24, 2010 2:54 PM | Report abuse

The sooner we FORGET this sicko, whack job the better.

Posted by: jmsbh | June 24, 2010 2:56 PM | Report abuse

It's the anniversary of my father's death. (Also, roughly 1/365th of all the world's deaths). Priorities.

Posted by: Nosy_Parker | June 24, 2010 3:21 PM | Report abuse

Brazil vs. Portugal and Spain vs. Chile. Ooo-le ole ole ole...

Posted by: northgs | June 24, 2010 4:35 PM | Report abuse

What is the interest in the peculiar man with the pinched nose and dull white skin from God knoweth what principle-less physicians, and his penchant for little boys? How has this ... this 'thing' come to replace real and productive persons who really contribute? Or even 'normal' star athletes?

Posted by: JPMcC | June 25, 2010 1:06 AM | Report abuse

I'll observe a moment of silence in sympathy for all the victims of child sexual abuse whose trauma will be exacerbated by watching a bunch of pedophile worshipers celebrate their hero. Take note of the Jackson fans who come out around you moms and dads. You'll be wanting to keep the kids away from them in the future.

Posted by: grohlik | June 25, 2010 1:11 AM | Report abuse

I still cannot believe that Jacko is gone. He touched so many children.

Posted by: eldonth | June 25, 2010 3:31 AM | Report abuse

cruel bastards... he never hurt anybody, but himself.
Let him rest, good grief... that goes for both sides of this.

Posted by: Tobor58 | June 25, 2010 5:59 AM | Report abuse

Please stop showing this freaky pervert's face. I couldn't stand to see it when he was alive, and now none of us should have to endure this nonsense any longer.

Posted by: CaughtInAMosh | June 25, 2010 8:05 AM | Report abuse

A hidious lunitic.

Posted by: mpg515 | June 25, 2010 8:13 AM | Report abuse

.
a more important anniversary coming up next Tuesday:
Bowe Bergdahl was taken into captivity by the Taliban a year ago.
And the US military is powerless to get him back.
McChrystal should have been fired for THAT failure months ago.
.

Posted by: BrianX9 | June 25, 2010 8:29 AM | Report abuse

Okay, so you want to get caught up in negativity. Dayum, don't youn guys need to go for a makeover--your makeup & hairstyles are hideously out of date--JEEZ!

Posted by: janeil88 | June 25, 2010 10:42 AM | Report abuse

Okay, so you all want to try & ruin this beautiful Friday with all your negativity. Dayum, don't you guys need to go for a makeover or something? Your makeup & hairstyles are hideously out of date!

Posted by: janeil88 | June 25, 2010 10:45 AM | Report abuse

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