Michael Jackson: Splash News/Newscom
April 11, 2003 at 04:00 AM EDT

When it comes to Michael Jackson TV specials, the networks won’t stop ’til you get enough. In his latest bid to buff his tarnished public image, the King of Pop will try to show once again that he’s really a normal, family-oriented homebody on Fox’s April 24 special, tentatively titled ”Michael Jackson’s Private Home Movies.” The show will include ”exclusive interviews” and ”never-before-seen footage revealing his real life, family and friends,” Fox said in a statement.

Producing the special will be Brad Lachman, who also produced Fox’s ”Michael Jackson: The Footage You Were Never Meant To See,” the February special in which Jackson rebutted the unflattering Martin Bashir documentary by presenting his own footage of the same conversations.

Jackson’s current spin control effort may be a reaction to all the recent TV and print interviews given by ex-wife Lisa Marie Presley, who has been willing to discuss their marriage for the first time in order to publicize the release of her debut album, ”To Whom It May Concern.” Presley has said that, at least in the beginning, the couple’s brief union was loving and sexual, but she grew to resent his frequent absences and his apparent use of her for publicity purposes, like the notorious kiss on the MTV Video Music Awards. Jackson has said it would be ungentlemanly to respond to her remarks. Guess it’s not ungentlemanly to suddenly offer what Fox calls ”unprecedented access to thousands of hours” of private footage of himself and others.

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