'The Jacksons: Next Generation' will premiere Oct. 2 and will also feature Michael's three children — Prince, Paris, and Blanket

By Dan Snierson
Updated August 03, 2015 at 12:00 PM EDT
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A trio of Jackson family members will be the focus of a new reality TV show.

Lifetime has ordered The Jacksons: Next Generation, a docuseries that tracks three siblings from one of the most famous musical families, EW has learned exclusively. Premiering Oct. 2 at 10 p.m. ET, the series will follow TJ, Taj, and Taryll (above) — the sons of Jackson 5 member/Michael’s brother Tito Jackson — and will even feature appearances by Michael’s three kids, Prince, Paris, and Blanket.

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Episodes will delve into the professional and personal lives of: TJ, the 34-year-old father of four and the legal co-guardian of his uncle Michael’s kids, Prince, Paris and Blanket; Taryll, the 39-year-old father of two with a “very complicated” relationship with his sons’ mother; and the 41-year-old Taj, who is pursuing careers in music and film directing when he’s not defending the family name. The Jacksons: Next Generation will show these siblings raising their children, coping with the stresses of being a Jackson (which includes dealing with “the constant rumors, stalkers, and frauds who all want a piece of anything and anyone related to the family’s legacy,” according to the network), and performing with their R&B group 3T, whose 1995 debut album Brotherhood went triple platinum.

This isn’t the first time that Jackson family members have been the subjects of a reality show. For example, the four suriving members of the Jackson 5 were the focus of The Jacksons: A Family Dynasty, which aired on A&E from 2009 to 2010, and Life with La Toya ran from 2013 to 2014 on OWN.

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