Jackson & Fawcett TV Tributes, MTV Restructures, And More

by | June 26, 2009 at 11:37 AM | The Ticker

Michael Tributes: TV One has jumped in line to feature a Michael Jackson special tonight at 8pm, when it airs ‘The Michael Jackson Story,’ while MTV is airing a one-hour special on the singer’s life on MTV2, MTV Tr3s, and mtvU. The music channel have also been airing back to back Jackson music videos throughout yesterday and today. These networks join the BIO channel, CBS and NBC, who are planning or have already aired specials.

Farrah Tributes: NBC will re-air ‘Farrah’s Story,’ the documentary that Fawcett shot herself about her life and fight with cancer, tonight at 9pm. TVLand will then follow with two episodes of its 2005 series, ‘Chasing Farrah’ on Saturday at 9pm.

The Death of The City? Is the future of the Lauren Conrad/Whitney Port/Audrina Patridge trilogy in jeopardy? MTV president of programming Tony DiSanto explained that changes will come to the network, with an emphasis on a more unscripted reality – as opposed to the scripted reality that it ‘The Hills,’ and ‘The City.’ Why? Because a generational shift may be responsible for the loss of ratings for these types of series. The new kids would rather watch ’16 and Pregnant,’ he said, adding “They don’t want to see a reality show that feels produced or is film-like. It’s got to be real, authentic.”

Baby Trouble: The German equivalent of NBC’s ‘Baby Borrowers,’ ‘Erwachsen auf Probe,’ is in hot water, after the German network that airs the series received numerous complaints from viewers who allege “neglect and bodily harm of minors.” The show, which lends babies to teens who want to become parents, has faced ongoing controversy in the country, with complaints from the Church, Family groups and the Parliament.