It’s taking me a little while to really let it sink in that Michael Jackson is gone but it’s clear that the TV networks are working fast to accept the loss and do their part to honor the pop star. In fact, TV Land is dedicating ten hours of programming to the musical legend by airing the five-hour American Dream miniseries twice this Sunday.
As sad as I am over Jackson’s death, I’m pleased that TV Land is going to be airing The Jacksons: An American Dream this weekend. The biographical series, which tells the story of the Jacksons, starting from when Michael’s parents first met and began producing talented children and moving all the way through the Jackson’s lives from Gary, Indiana all the way to California, fame, fortune (and plenty of drama).
Since it originally aired in 1992, this has been one of my all-time favorite miniseries. It’s one of those programs that, whenever I happen to find it airing, I stop what I’m doing and watch it, even if I only get to see the last half hour or so. Just this morning I was thinking I hoped I might find it airing this weekend and sure enough, TV Land is delivering. If you haven’t seen it, it’s definitely worth checking out.
Below is the TV Land’s description of the mini-series:
A TV mini-series based on the Jackson's true story that takes us through five decades of the Jackson Family's career-- from their early beginnings in the mid-western steel town of Gary, Indiana to their quick rise to stardom. Cast includes: Lawrence Hamilton Jacobs, Angela Bassett, Jason Weaver, Jermaine Jackson II, Holly Robinson and special appearances by Billy Dee Williams and Vanessa Williams. Featured music sung by The Jackson 5, Boyz II Men, Jermaine Jackson & Syreeta Wright and Jason Weaver and includes the hits, "Never Can Say Goodbye," "The Love You Save," "ABC," "Beat It," "Billy Jean," and "I'll Be There."
The Jacksons: An American Dream will air on Sunday, June 28, 2009 from 2pm – 7pm ET/PT with an immediate encore presentation from 7pm – 12am ET/PT on TV Land.
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