NBC, ABC, CBS prepare to scramble prime time for Michael Jackson
NBC and ABC, which already had competing Farrah Fawcett Specials at 10 o'clock tonight, are preparing Michael Jackson specials as well. CBS will also do a special on the late King of Pop.
Both ABC and NBC will now air Jackson specials at 9 p.m. NBC initially toyed with cutting its hourlong special on Fawcett in half and using the other half-hour to celebrate Jackson's life, but that idea was quickly squashed. Both will keep their Fawcett hours at 10 p.m.
CBS, which has lots of Jackson footage from the concert it aired a few years ago as well as the memorable interview with Ed Bradley, will run its tribute to the singer at 10 p.m.
-- Joe Flint