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Michael Jackson's 16-year-old son joins 'Entertainment Tonight' -- VIDEO

Look out, world — Michael Jackson’s children are stepping into the limelight, and this time, they’re not wearing masks. The eccentric singer’s 14-year-old daughter Paris has already appeared on Oprah’s Next Chapter and in Glamour magazine, where she discussed her upcoming starring role in a film called Lundon’s Bridge and the Three Keys. Now Paris’s older brother Prince Michael is entering the business as well — this week, he’s joining Entertainment Tonight as a special guest correspondent.

Jackson first appeared on ET yesterday, standing by as correspondent Brooke Anderson introduced him and teased a clip of his inaugural interview with James Franco, Sam Raimi, and Zach Braff of Oz the Great and Powerful. Segments from that chat will appear on ET throughout the week. Jackson also opened up to Anderson about his future goals, noting that he’d eventually like to “direct, write, [and] act.”

Anderson told the Los Angeles Times that she helped Jackson get the ET gig; the two share a “mutual connection,” and she thought he’d be the perfect person to interview Oz‘s cast and director because his father starred in The Wiz in 1978. “He really did not need that much coaching,” Anderson told the Times. “This may sound strange because he’s 16, but he was very smooth and confident.”

She also said that while the teenager hasn’t booked a permanent gig on the celebrity news show, he may reappear on a “case-by-case” basis during entertainment events aimed at kids, such as Nickelodeon’s Kids’ Choice Awards.

See Jackson in action in the promotional clip below.

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Watch the trailer for 'Michael Jackson: Bad25' -- VIDEO

Now you can get to know the man in the mirror even better.

Thanksgiving night, ABC will air Michael Jackson: BAD25, a behind-the-scenes look at that time in Jackson’s career, in honor of the 25th anniversary of the release of Bad.

In addition to iconic footage, the trailer for the Spike Lee-directed documentary promises “The music you know. The story you don’t,” alongside interviews with Sheryl Crow (a one-time back-up singer), Martin Scorsese (who directed a music video for “Bad”) and others.

Behind-the-scenes concert footage is common for Thanksgiving night. Beyoncé and Taylor Swift have had recent Turkey Day specials. And last year, ABC aired A Very Gaga Thanksgiving.

Check out the trailer for BAD25, which premiered on The View, below: READ FULL STORY

La Toya Jackson lands new reality show on OWN

Image credit: Mathieu Young/The CW

The Jackson family’s love-hate relationship with the limelight will teeter toward love when La Toya stars in her own reality series next year. Life With La Toya is one of the newest shows added to the Oprah Winfrey Network’s fall schedule. The series will follow the singer/author as she juggles her demanding career with her even more daunting family life.

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MSNBC to air Conrad Murray documentary

MSNBC will air a documentary about Conrad Murray this Thursday that features an interview with the doctor who was convicted Monday of involuntary manslaughter. The interview for Michael Jackson and The Doctor: A Fatal Friendship was conducted in November 2009, prior to Murray being charged.

October Films, which produced the documentary, filmed Murray throughout the subsequent two years and continued to record him during the trial.

UK Broadcaster Steve Hewlett conducted the interview with Murray. Zodiak Rights, the international division of Zodiak Media Group, has pre-sold the program to major broadcasters around the world.

NBC has the rights to use limited excerpts of the documentary for Dateline and The Today Show. NBC recorded its own interview with Murray that was arranged by Zodiac.

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Nancy Grace weighs in on Conrad Murray

'Glee': On the set for the Super Bowl episode's huge 'Thriller' performance -- EXCLUSIVE

GLEE-THRILLERImage Credit: Patrick Ecclesine/FoxEW was the only magazine on set for Glee‘s huge Super Bowl episode (talk about a touchdown!) and now we can give you Gleeks an exclusive peek at New Directions’ biggest performance to date: an epic mash-up of Michael Jackson’s “Thriller” and Yeah Yeah Yeahs’ “Heads Will Roll.” Read below for all the zombie-filled details… READ FULL STORY

Discovery pulls plug on Michael Jackson autopsy special

Discovery has canceled plans to air its Michael Jackson autopsy TV special after the late singer’s estate publicly protested and more than 9,000 fans signed an online petition urging the cable network to shelve the program. Discovery released a statement reading, “Given the commencement of legal proceedings beginning next week, and at the request of Michael Jackson’s estate, the scheduled broadcast of the medical documentary related to Michael Jackson’s official autopsy has been postponed indefinitely.”

The special was scheduled to air in some European markets on Jan. 13, and there were no plans for its broadcast in the United States. Jackson’s doctor at the time of his death, Dr. Conrad Murray, has a hearing scheduled for Jan. 4 to determine whether he will stand trial for involuntary manslaughter in the singer’s death.

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Michael Jackson estate demands Discovery Channel cancel autopsy show

Michael Jackson’s estate is demanding the Discovery Channel call off plans for a prime time show set to air Jan. 13 in the United Kingdom claiming to re-enact the star’s autopsy, the Associated Press is reporting. In an open letter sent to Discovery Communications on Wednesday, John Branca and John McClain of Jackson’s estate condemned the show as “in shockingly bad taste,” and inspired only “blind desire to exploit Michael’s death, while cynically attempting to dupe the public into believing this show will have serious medical value.” Especially at issue was a print advertisement for the show of a body covered with a sheet, with one hand exposed wearing Jackson’s iconic sequined glove; Branca and McClain call the ad “debased, sick and insensitive.”

When reached by EW, U.S. and international reps for the Discovery Channel had no comment. Fans of the late singer started an online petition protesting the programming earlier this month that now has more than 9,000 signatures. On Dec. 13, the group posted a response it received from the Discovery Networks Viewer Relations department: “We are very sorry to hear that you have been disappointed by the scheduled broadcast of Michael Jackson’s Autopsy. Our programming covers a wide variety of topics, which we appreciate at times may not suit the tastes of some of our viewers,” it reads. “Michael Jackson was one of the world’s most important music artists in modern times. Throughout his life there was wide-ranging speculation about medical conditions that affected him. This documentary examines at the actual medical facts around those conditions to determine the true cause of his death, utilizing the official coroners’ report and professional opinions from a range of leading medical experts. We value all of our viewers’ feedback and will pass your comments on to the programming department.”

'This Is It' world premiere draws thousand of fans (and a number of celebs)

this-is-it-ortega-jackson_lWill Smith and Jennifer Lopez – together with Jermaine, Tito, and Marlon Jackson – were among the thousands who attended Wednesday’s much-anticipated world premiere of This is it at the Nokia Theatre in downtown Los Angeles. The concert movie/documentary, which chronicles Michael Jackson’s final days as he prepared for a worldwide tour, opens today.

Silver rhinestone gloves were distributed to fans, many of whom arrived already showing off Jackson T-shirts and tattoos. Even Amy Pascal, the co-chairman of Sony, which is distributing the film, came wearing a Jackson-like fedora and rhinestone-adorned slacks. Also among the dozens of celebrity attendees were Paula Abdul, Neil Patrick Harris, Martin Lawrence, Adam Lambert, David Cook, and Rosanna Arquette.

Before the two-hour film began, Director Kenny Ortega (pictured with Jermaine) tried to explain what the late pop singer was hoping to accomplish with the tour and why they chose the massive Nokia Theatre to premiere the movie. “Tonight we come together in the name of one of the greatest entertainers known in our times and a man whose heart pumped to make this world a better place: Michael Jackson,” Ortega said. “This Is It is, and always has been from the time we started, for the fans. The Nokia became our first residence. It is where we held auditions and where Michael hand-selected many of the creative artists who joined him for this. It is with great pride that we are premiering it here tonight.”

Reactions to the film varied from the occasional fan yelling, “I Love You, Michael!” to people laughing and giving standing ovations, and a few even shedding some tears. The movie will hit 15,000 theaters this weekend. “Michael and I were giving everything to creating this show and perfecting it, and we all brought that same spirit and dedication to creating this mosaic,” Ortega told EW.com. “It is wall-to-wall music. It is all the real Michael. It is unguarded and real and passionate. I am very proud of the outcome of the film.”

Ortega added that the director’s cut of the movie will likely be released early next year, but even that is not expected to contain some of the more macabre moments from the day of Jackson’s death – like when Ortega and the dance team learned of the singer’s sudden passing. “Those moments were private, for one thing,” explained Ortega. “And this is meant to be a celebration of Michael’s genius and was meant to add to his legacy. He was a master of his craft. It is his sacred and final theatrical work, and we wanted it to be a celebration. Those scenes would bring it down, and that is not the point. So it is all Michael and he is up and enthusiastic and working hard and strong, and that’s what we wanted to show.”

Jermaine Jackson called the movie “the most exquisite production anyone has ever seen,” adding that it demonstrates how his brother was attempting to create the best concert ever. “It is a wonderful idea for a film,” he told EW.com. “It shows that with hard work and dedication you can achieve anything. You can make your dreams come true. That’s what Michael was all about and this is probably the most personal look fans will ever get of his process, and I think he would be happy if the movie inspired one person to write a song or follow their dream, and I think it will probably inspire a lot more. He loved his fans and I think he’d be thrilled to give them something extra. All the work on the show did not go to waste this way, either.” — Reporting by Carrie Bell

Photo Credit: Mario Anzuoni/Reuters/Landov

Paris Jackson's memorial-service comments weren't planned, producer says

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The climactic moment of Tuesday’s Michael Jackson memorial service came when 11-year-old Paris Jackson stepped to the mic and spoke through tears: “Ever since I was born, daddy has been the best father you could ever imagine,” she said. “And I just want to say that I love him so much.”

Ken Erlich, the producer of the memorial, has told EW that the moment was in no way planned. “A lot of the show was not scripted,” he says. “A lot of the speakers spoke from their heart. We told them we’d be happy to work with them, but a lot of them — the Smokeys, the Berry Gordys, the people who knew Michael all his life — wanted to speak from the heart, on their own. When [the Paris moment] happened, I had asked the family to come up if they wanted to and say something. I thought, frankly, that we were going to get the brothers and the sisters. This went way beyond that, obviously.”

Erlich also reports that the moment when Usher left the stage to sing “Gone Too Soon” next to Jackson’s casket was similarly impromptu. “He did that on his own and it was wonderful,” says the producer. “All we had time to do with this show is create the sense of it. The rest of it happened because we allowed it to happen. We didn’t want to get in the way.”

You can read more about Jackson’s memorial in this week’s issue of EW, on stands Friday. (Reporting by Archana Ram)

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Michael Jackson's final rehearsal: 'He was at his best,' says associate choreographer

The associate choreographer for Michael Jackson’s comeback tour says that the 50-year-old performer “was at his best” before his sudden death last week. “He really was in good shape, he was moving well,” Stacy Walker tells EW. Walker worked with choreographer Travis Payne on the “This Is It” tour that Jackson would have headlined in London this summer. “I don’t know what he was feeling on the inside but he certainly looked good on the outside. He was very, very up and happy. We all know he wasn’t a big guy. He was always very lean. Oddly enough, his best rehearsals were his last two on Tuesday and Wednesday nights. That’s where all the magic happened. We were all like, ‘Wow!’ It was stunning and ironic that he was at his best, right before he left us.”

Walker says she and Payne were rehearsing the show’s 11 dancers at Staples Center in Los Angeles when they heard the news about Jackson. “We were waiting for Michael to come,” Walker recalls. “None of us believed it. You know, there’s so much craziness around Michael’s life, so we are pretty good at sticking with the truth. We didn’t truly believe anything until our director Kenny Ortega got an official call.”

Talks are still ongoing over whether to continue Jackson’s show in some form. “We’re hoping to still do something,” says Walker. “I don’t really know what that is at this point because it’s all very fresh, but all of us feel the need to somehow spread his message because he had a big message. It was very important to Michael for people to get along without judgment and make this world a better place. Without sounding corny, it was about taking care of each other. We’re all very hopeful we’ll be able to do something and honor his life and get his message out there.”

TV Ratings: Michael Jackson and Farrah Fawcett continue to dominate with viewers

The week’s two iconic celebrity deaths continued to dominate a weekend television lineup otherwise filled with typical summer reruns and burnoffs. A repeat airing of May’s Farrah’s Story documentary, about Fawcett’s grueling battle with cancer, drew 4.7 million viewers to NBC on Friday — beating CBS’ usually solid lineup of crime-show repeats such as Ghost Whisperer (4.3 million) — while 20/20‘s hour of Michael Jackson coverage averaged 3.7 million. At 10 p.m., however, 6.6 million tuned into NBC’s Dateline dedicated to Jackson, winning the hour (and helping win the night) for the net. On Saturday, meanwhile, CBS’ murder-mystery Harper’s Island (3.5 million) continued to win the battle-of-the-canceled-shows against ABC’s Eli Stone (2.7 million) and NBC’s Kings (1.5 million)

Michael Jackson: 'The Simpsons' to re-air 'Do the Bartman' video in tribute on Sunday

The Simpsons will re-air the music video for “Do the Bartman” and show a title card in memory of Michael Jackson before Sunday’s episode at 8 p.m. on Fox, EW.com has learned. The 1990 pop-rap hit was co-written by Jackson without credit. A fan of the animated comedy, the pop sensation—who passed away on Thursday—told executive producer James L. Brooks that he wanted to write a No. 1 song for Bart. (Featured on the album The Simpsons Sing The Blues, “Do the Bartman” was never released as a single in America, but it reached No. 1 in the UK, while the Brad Bird-directed video enjoyed heavy rotation on MTV. ) Jackson’s other Simpsons wish came true when he guest-starred in the season 3 opener “Stark Raving Dad” as an oversized mental patient; this time, he was credited as John Jay Smith. Alas, syndication rights issues weren’t resolved in time for that episode to be rebroadcast on Sunday.

Ratings: Michael Jackson and Farrah Fawcett specials dominate Thursday night

Network viewers were more interested in Farrah Fawcett than Michael Jackson last night — but they still preferred CSI reruns and So You Think You Can Dance overall. Fox won the night in key demos, while ABC’s news specials were the most watched among their ilk.

Time Show Viewers (in millions)
8:00 p.m. The Mentalist (CBS)
Bones (Fox)
Samantha Who? (ABC)
The Office (NBC)
Smallville (The CW)
6.7 (repeat)
4.6 (repeat)
3.7 (repeat)
3.1 (repeat)
1.5 (repeat)
8:30 p.m. The Office (NBC)
In the Motherhood (ABC)
3.0 (repeat)
2.7 (repeat)
9:00 p.m. CSI (CBS)
So You Think You Can Dance (Fox)
20/20 Michael Jackson Special (ABC)
Dateline: Michael Jackson Special (NBC)
Supernatural (The CW)
8.5 (repeat)
6.7
6.0
5.2
1.1 (repeat)
10:00 p.m. 20/20 Farrah Fawcett Special (ABC)
CBS News: Michael Jackson Special (CBS)
Dateline: Farrah Fawcett Special (NBC)
8.2
7.6
5.8

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