Sunday, May 20, 2018

ABC News Announces Two-Hour Prime-Time Television Event, ‘The Last Days of Michael Jackson,’ Airing Thursday, May 24, on ABC

ABC News Announces Two-Hour Prime-Time Television Event, ‘The Last Days of Michael Jackson,’ Airing Thursday, May 24, on ABC


The Documentary Features Never-Before-Seen Interviews With Jackson
Revealing His Personal Thoughts About Work and Relationships

‘The Last Days of Michael Jackson’ Airs on Thursday, May 24 (8:00 –
10:00 p.m. EDT), on ABC
presents a two-hour prime-time television event about Michael Jackson – exploring the King of Pop’s life and
legacy – from his complicated childhood to the record-breaking comeback
concerts, “This Is It,” that he didn’t live to perform. Ahead of the 10 th anniversary of Jackson’s untimely passing, ABC News profiles
one of the most influential artists of all time through interviews with the
people he knew alongside never-before-seen video from interviews he did
with ABC News anchors Barbara Walters and Diane Sawyer. The special also
includes new interviews with Derek “Cooley” Jackson, one of the dancers who
taught Jackson how to moonwalk; Navi, the world-famous Jackson impersonator
who was hired as his decoy at public events; and Lisa Staub, the tour
operator who was in front of his house on the day he died. “The Last Days of Michael Jackson” airs on Thursday, May 24 (8:00–10:00 p.m. EDT), on ABC.
Jackson evolved from the shy, chubby-cheeked boy fronting the Jackson 5
band to become a solo music superstar, captivating the world with his
otherworldly dance moves and unique style of showmanship. He would create
the biggest-selling album of all time, breaking records and racial barriers
throughout his career. Rising to greatness during the height of the MTV
era, Jackson was an avatar of the celebrity age.
While he was beloved by a cadre of super fans, Jackson’s private and public
life became a spectacle. It was said that he existed in an isolated state
of loneliness, surrounded by a revolving door of managers, advisors and
lawyers. His desire for normalcy existed amid news and gossip stories of
his changing physical appearance, abusive childhood, ongoing lawsuits,
erratic behavior and molestation accusations.
In his later days, Jackson turned into a doting father of three children
that he adored. While some say he wanted to perform again for them, others
insisted he needed to tour because of his immense fiscal challenges – a
result perhaps of uncontrolled spending, legal woes and complicated and
convoluted financial dealings.
On March 5, 2009, Jackson announced “This Is It” – a series of 10 “final
curtain call” performances that would be the last time the world would see
the man who had touched the hearts of millions. Tickets quickly sold out
and the number of concert dates soon ballooned to 50. But behind the
scenes, the stress of a comeback was taking its toll on Jackson. Many of
the those involved in the production grew concerned about his health and
ability to perform so many shows; and as the start date was pushed back,
few knew just how addicted he had become to drugs. With only 18 days left
before the first performance, Jackson passed away due to a combination of
drugs in his system, most notably Propofol.
The special is produced by ABC News. David Sloan is senior executive
producer. Muriel Pearson is executive producer. 

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