All Obituary Thursday
*ABC and NBC are going virtually all-obit in primetime tonight.
Both networks are airing dueling Farrah Fawcett specials at 10 p.m. Fawcett died this morning at St. John's hospital in Santa Monica after a long battle with cancer. ABC's "Farrah Fawcett: Her Life, Her Loves, Her Legacy" had originally been scheduled for Friday but got moved up a day after news reports said she was not expected to survive today. Several hours later, NBC announced it would air a news-division produced "Farrah Fawcett: The Life and Death of an Angel" in the same timeslot.
But Farrah's not-unexpected death got totally eclipsed this afternoon by the shocking death of Michael Jackson, 50, at his Holmby Hills home in West Los Angeles. Not long thereafter, both networks announced dueling Michael Jackson tributes for the 9 p.m. hour.
CBS, which had decided to pass on a Farrah Fawcett special tonight and was sticking with its timeslot-winning "The Mentalist" at 10, decided late today to instead give viewers the options of watching a Michael Jackson special at 10 -- opposite the two Farrah specials.
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And then there's the Fox broadcast network. It has no news division to produce an obit special. Therefore, Fox decided that on Monday it will rerun one of the episodes of this past season's "American Idol" in which 13 Idolettes each took turns singing a different Michael Jackson tune. This year "Idol" had a Michael Jackson-tune week.
Lisa de Moraes
June 25, 2009; 8:14 PM ET
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