A New Michael Jackson Halloween Special Is Coming, But This Definitely Isn't Thriller

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Michael Jackson was one of the most sensational musical artists of all times, and his death in 2009 rocked the world. Of course, his death didn't mean the end of new projects from the Michael Jackson estate, as we've gotten a couple of albums and even a documentary in the years since he died. Now, CBS has a project in the works that will combine Michael Jackson with Halloween in a distinctly unexpected way for a TV special called Michael Jackson's Halloween.

Michael Jackson's Halloween will be an animated special that runs for an hour. It will follow millennials Vincent and Victoria, who "accidentally" cross paths on the night of Halloween. They end up stuck in a mysterious hotel called This Place Hotel (which is also the name of a 1980 Michael Jackson song) at 777 Jackson Street. Magical shenanigans kick off as soon as they cross the threshold (along with a dog called Ichabod). The action will build to an epic dance finale that will just so happen to feature an animated version of Michael Jackson.

Lucas Till of MacGyver and Kiersey Clemons of Dope will voice Vincent and Victoria in Michael Jackson's Halloween. EW reports that Christine Baranski, Alan Cumming, George Eads, Brad Garrett, Lucy Liu, and CBS superstar Jim Parsons will also voice characters, although no details have yet been released about those. A first look at the animation has been released courtesy of Michael Jackson's Twitter page. Check it out!

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I don't want to jump to conclusions, but I'd say that Vincent and Victoria deserve whatever frights they encounter if they entered that spooky old hotel of their own free will on Halloween night. Honestly, by the looks of that place, the bigger surprise would be if it wasn't haunted by ghosts and inhabited by monsters. At least both kids are wearing practical footwear for running away in terror.

We don't yet know what songs from Michael Jackson's discography will be incorporated into the Halloween special. That said, my money is on "Thriller" as the big finale dance number. Sure, it would be what everybody expects, but it's really the perfect song both for a Halloween project and a dance extravaganza. Besides, we've never seen an animated version of the "Thriller" dance. My fingers are crossed that whatever happens in the special, it ends with "Thriller."

Michael Jackson's Halloween won't be the only spooky TV project to hit the airwaves around Halloween this year. The second season of Stranger Things will be available on Netflix on Friday, October 27 at 12:01 a.m. PT. Throw in the inevitable airings of It's the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown, and we should have plenty of spooky TV options. Swing by our summer TV premiere guide for what you can watch on the small screen nowadays, and our take a peek at our 2017 Netflix premiere schedule for your streaming options.

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