Tomorrow, June 25, marks the anniversary of Michael Jackson’s death. In addition to the mass moonwalks that undoubtedly will pop up all over the globe, TV networks are scrambling to provide coverage for still-grieving fans of the fallen King of Pop. Aside from the reverent tribute specials — including the BET Awards, which will honor Jackson this Sunday — there will be video countdowns, tours of Neverland Ranch, and documentaries on the Jackson family. For those still interested in the tabloid-fodder side of MJ’s life, never fear: Specials on his entourage, children, and several docs on the conspiracy theories surrounding his death are also airing. Yes, there will even be a hard-hitting look at the special relationship between Michael and Bubbles the Chimp.
Below, we’ve assembled the ultimate viewer’s guide to all things Jackson airing this weekend, so put on your sequined glove, red jacket, and fedora, and get ready to pay respects to pop music’s late, great King.
BET: The BET Awards (June 27, 8-11:00 p.m.) Queen Latifah hosts the 10th annual Awards from Los Angeles’ Shrine Auditorium. Along with performances from T.I., Kanye West, Usher, T-Pain, Alicia Keys, and Eminem, a Michael Jackson tribute has been added to the lineup.
TV Guide Network: Gone Too Soon (Friday, June 25, 9-11:00 p.m.) Ian Halperin, New York Times’ No. 1 bestselling author of Unmasked: The Final Years of Michael Jackson, spent five years researching Jackson and declared in December 2008 that the King of Pop had only six months to live. He was only off by one day. Halperin directs this documentary about the factors that he believes contributed to Jackson’s untimely death.
CBS: The Early Show (Friday, June 25, 7-9:00 a.m.) The entire 8 a.m. hour, billed as “The King of Pop: One Year Later,” will see Harry Smith, Maggie Rodriguez, Julie Chen & Co. hosting a special tribute performance by James Morrison in London. Also on hand will be guests Christina Aguilera, Marc Anthony, and Smokey Robinson, who will share what Michael Jackson’s music has meant to them.
Animal Planet: Michael Jackson and Bubbles: The Untold Story (Thursday, June 24, 8-9:00 p.m., 11 p.m.-12:00 a.m.) For those who’ve absolutely exhausted all other aspects of Jackson’s life and career, this one-hour special, about MJ’s primate compadre, was probably inevitable, right?
CNN: Michael Jackson—The Final Days (Friday, June 25, 8-9 p.m.) CNN’s Don Lemon talks with Jermaine and Tito Jackson about their brother’s death and drug abuse. Also on hand is Jackson crony Dr. Deepak Chopra and famed choreographer Travis Payne, who shares details about working with Michael Jackson on preparations for his “This is It!” tour.
FUSE: Michael Jackson: The Inside Story (Friday, June 25, 8-9:30 p.m.) The bigger the celebrity, the more outlandish the conspiracy theories surrounding his or her death. This new doc examines claims (including those from Joe and La Toya Jackson) that Michael was murdered.
MTV: Michael Jackson’s Top 10 Video Countdown (Friday June 25, 5-6:30 p.m., Saturday June 26, 8-9:30 a.m.) MTV determines MJ’s Top 10 videos based on the number of views each has received on MTV.com. The special features running text commentary, Jackson’s VMA performances, and rare interviews he granted MTV.
MTV: Michael Jackson’s Influence on Music (Friday June 25, 6:30-7:30 p.m.) A compilation of videos featuring top music artists discussing Michael Jackson’s influence on their work.
20/20: Michael Jackson (Friday, June 25, 9-11 p.m.)
BET Awards 2009 encore (Thursday, June 24, 7:30 p.m.-11 p.m.) Last year’s awards, which aired just days after Michael Jackson’s death, where host Jamie Foxx performed his own incredibly awkward Moonwalk.
Michael Jackson: Life of a Superstar (Friday, June 25, 1-2 p.m.)
Inside the Michael Jackson Mansion: Never Can Say Goodbye (Friday, June 25, 2-3 p.m.)
106 & Park (Friday, June 25th, 6-8 p.m.) The 106 gang devotes their “Freestyle Friday” to counting down Michael Jackson’s greatest videos.
Michael Jackson History: The King of Pop (Friday June 25, 8-10 p.m.)
Michael Jackson: A Tribute (Friday, June 25, 9:30-10:30 p.m.)
Michael Jackson’s Music Videos (Saturday, June 26, 6-8 a.m.)
Dateline NBC (Friday, June 25, 9-11 p.m.) The first hour of Dateline will include Michael Jackson coverage.
Michael Jackson Music and Memories (Friday, June 25, 11 p.m.-12 a.m.)
TV Guide Network
Michael Jackson: His Family Dynasty (Friday, June 25, 7-8 p.m.)
Hollywood 411: Michael Jackson (Friday, June 25, 8-9 p.m.)
Michael Jackson: 30th Anniversary Celebration (Friday, June 25, 8-10 p.m.; Saturday June 26, 12-2 a.m.)
Man in the Mirror: The Michael Jackson Story (Friday, June 25, 10 p.m.-12 a.m.; Saturday, June 26, 2-4 a.m.)
The Jacksons: An American Dream (Friday June 25, 12-5 p.m.)
Famous Crime Scene: Michael Jackson (Friday June 25, 11:30 p.m.-12 a.m.)
Famous Crime Scene: Michael Jackson (Friday, June 25, 9-9:30 a.m.; 4:30-5 p.m.)
The Jacksons: An American Dream (Friday, June 25, 9:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m.; 6 p.m.-11 p.m.)
Michael Jackson Video Retrospective (Friday June 25, 2:30-4:30 p.m.)
VH1 Classic All Time Top 10 (Friday June 25, 5-6 p.m.; 11 p.m.-12 a.m.)