MJ On TV: ‘American Idol,’ Bashir Specials Tonight, ‘So You Think You Can Dance’ In Near Future

VH1 Classic spent the weekend paying tribute to Michael Jackson with a series of music videos, performances and documentaries on the fallen King of Pop, and MTV will continue to salute Jackson’s long history of the network. But there are plenty of other high-profile television specials devoted to Jackson starting tonight. Fox will be re-airing the Michael Jackson-themed episode of “American Idol,” which aired back in March and featured Adam Lambert running through “Black or White,” Danny Gokey singing “P.Y.T. (Pretty Young Thing)” and winner Kris Allen’s take on “Remember the Time.” The two-hour show also features performances from other “Idol” cast-offs like Lil Rounds (“The Way You Make Me Feel”), Allison Iraheta (“Give in to Me”) and Anoop Desai (“Beat It”).

NBC is also airing Jackson-themed programming tonight, as they will run a special one-hour version of the 2003 documentary “Living with Michael Jackson,” which made a star out of host Martin Bashir (now a “Dateline” correspondent) and gave the public a look into Jackson’s life. The original documentary, shot for British television, featured a visit to Neverland and a number of images from Jackson’s life that became iconic, including him climbing a tree in his yard and spending millions of dollars during a 15 minute shopping spree in Las Vegas.

And as something to look forward to in the future, Nigel Lithgoe said via his Twitter that he was attempting to clear the rights to Jackson’s music for an upcoming all-MJ episode of “So You Think You Can Dance.” Paula Abdul and Jackson protégé Wade Robson will also be involved in the project, provided that Lithgoe can work out the logistics.

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