Tuesday, July 7, 2009

Michael Jackson Memorial Coverage

I have to say, if I weren't at work today, I'd totally be watching all of the MJ memorial coverage being held at the Staples Center in LA. I know it's overkill, but I actually do think it's fitting and appropriate for an artist whose influence is deeply ingrained into the fabric of the pop culture we know today. If you're sick of all the Michael Jackson coverage, now might be a good time to pick up a book to read, cause it's going to dominate the airwaves for awhile. Here is a rundown of what you can expect to see today and tonight (courtesy of Cynopsis):
  • ABC Charlie Gibson will anchor live coverage titled Remembering Michael Jackson at 1p ET. Diane Sawyer and Barbara Walters will co-anchor a special edition of 20/20 tonight at 9p ET followed by Primetime: Family Secrets at 10p ET, reporting on Jackson's children. Cynthia McFadden will also anchor Nightline from the Staples Center.
  • BET Full day of coverage titled Michael Jackson: In Remembrance starting with an encore episode of 106 & Park at 9a ET with Jackson videos and more; at 1030a ET, BET will re-air Forever the King: A Tribute to Michael Jackson followed by an encore airing of Don't Stop 'Til You Get Enough: Michael Jackson Special at 11a ET. BET's News team will begin its live memorial coverage at 12p to 4p ET from both L.A. and New York. BET will re-air Don't Stop 'Til You Get Enough: Michael Jackson Special at 4p ET and 106 & Park with more tributes to Jackson at 6p ET.
  • CBS Maggie Rodriguez and Harry Smith will anchor the Early Show today from the Staples Center. CBS News anchor Katie Couric will lead the network's live coverage of the memorial service at 1p ET from the Staples Center and anchor a special 48 Hours at 10p.
  • CNN Anderson Cooper, Larry King, Don Lemon and Soledad O'Brien to host live memorial coverage from L.A. while Campbell Brown and Roland Martin anchor live from New York, beginning at 12p ET. CNN's coverage will also be simulcast on CNN International.
  • E! Begins its Jackson programming at 7a ET, broadcasting its coverage worldwide starting with an updated E! True Hollywood Story about Jackson and the E! Entertainment Special: Michael Jackson, an authorized documentary about Jackson. E! will have reporters doing live cut-ins throughout the morning from various locations and in-studio. E!'s live memorial coverage from inside the Staples Center begins at 1p ET/10a PT and will also be simulcast on EOnline.
  • FOX News Channel Shepard Smith will anchor live coverage while Megyn Kelly leads live coverage of the memorial for FOX Broadcasting, both at 1p ET. Tonight, Greta Van Susteren will broadcast her show from L.A.
  • MTV, MTV.com, VH1, VH1.com, VH1 Classic and VH1 Soul Extended coverage of the memorial service today starting at 12p ET/9a PT. During the hour prior to the service, MTV and VH1 will air a cadre of Jackson's most memorable videos, performances and interviews with reporting from the memorial site by MTV News correspondent Sway Calloway among other correspondents from the networks. The channels will then offer live and commercial free coverage from the memorial service at 1p-230p ET/10a-1130a PT. Additionally, MTV's 28th birthday on August 1 will become a day-long celebration of "Michael Jackson TV" as the network honors the "King of Pop's" music legacy reaching more than a half billion households in more than 160 countries worldwide.
  • NBC Meredith Vieira will broadcast live for Today at the Staples Center and NBC News' Brian Williams will anchor the network's live memorial coverage at 1p ET. Chris Jansing will lead MSNBC's memorial live coverage.