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Michael Jackson's 'This Is It' will air on MTV Networks in 2011

November 17, 2009 | 10:53 am
Getprev Michael Jackson's "This Is It" documentary is coming soon to a TV near you -- if you have basic cable.

But you're going to have wait a little while. MTV has acquired the rights to air the film in 2011, a deal that includes all of the domestic channels under MTV Networks, including VH1, VH1 Classic and Palladia. The arrangement also extends to Viacom's  BET Networks, according to a press release issued by MTV today.

"This Is It" premiered on movie screens around the country on Oct. 28, showcasing Jackson's talent and songbook while offering a rare, behind-the-scenes look at the performer as he developed and rehearsed for the sold-out comeback tour that was to open just a week after Jackson died.

Distributed by Sony Pictures Releasing, the film has reached $222.6 million in box office receipts worldwide.


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Photo: Director Kenny Ortega, co-producer Frank DiLeo, and producer Randy Phillips arrive at the premiere of  "This Is It" at Nokia Theatre in Los Angeles;  Credit: Los Angeles Times/Barbara Davidson