Today, The Hollywood Reporter reported that A&E had been shooting a reality show — tentatively titled The Jackson Family — which followed Jackie, Tito, Jermaine, Marlon, and Randy Jackson as they prepared to release a new album and launch a tour. (The one-hour special the network had already filmed would serve as a “backdoor pilot” for a series.) Of course, since all the footage had been shot prior to Michael Jackson‘s death, one has to imagine that the network will have to somehow amend the program to acknowledge the obvious tragedy within the family. (A&E has yet to return EW’s calls.) Though I would be intrigued by a special boasting new interviews with the family about the recent, tragic changes in their lives, an entire series balancing on Jackson’s death would seem a bit unsettling. No doubt, A&E would score an enormous ratings boost with a show like this, and they do have a history of airing a somewhat classier brand of reality show than those on, say, E! (Then again, it IS the same network that aired Dog the Bounty Hunter.) Still, with all the over-saturation regarding Jackson’s death, maybe A&E should simply shelve the idea for a while, and allow the family to grieve behind the cameras for once.
Your thoughts, PopWatchers? Does the idea of a Jackson reality show make you queasy? Or do you think A&E would handle it as yet another fitting tribute to the late King of Pop? Would you want a show like this to focus on all Michael, all the time, or would you like to see it take a different direction?
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