The TV Column: Lisa de Moraes on A& E's Reality Series 'Jackson Family Dynasty'

From left, Janet, Randy, Tito, Marlon, Jackie and Jermaine Jackson at Michael's memorial. A& E has upgraded its one-off special, "The Jackson Family," to a reality series: "Jackson Family Dynasty."
From left, Janet, Randy, Tito, Marlon, Jackie and Jermaine Jackson at Michael's memorial. A& E has upgraded its one-off special, "The Jackson Family," to a reality series: "Jackson Family Dynasty." (By Kevin Mazur Via Associated Press)

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By Lisa de Moraes
Wednesday, August 26, 2009

Surprise, surprise. The A&E cable network is going to turn what was planned as a one-off Jackson family special into a Jackson family reality series. Why?

Because A&E suits are not stupid and the Jackson family is TV crack these days.

The network would not cough up any details about the show on Tuesday, except that its name has been changed from "The Jackson Family" to "Jackson Family Dynasty." And A&E decided to confirm what we all knew was inevitable because celebrity-suck-up show "Entertainment Tonight" somehow got hold of some of the series footage and aired it Tuesday night.

Coincidentally (yeah, right), A&E's announcement comes one day after an affidavit from an LAPD officer was unsealed, revealing that Michael Jackson died on June 25 from a deadly dose of the powerful anesthetic propofol.

And who will watch "Jackson Family Dynasty," which oozes desperation from both sides of the camera?

Well, loads more people now than would have watched it before June 25, when it was just some lame "See the Non-Michael Jackson Brothers Go on Tour" special.

Who are these people? The people for whom TMZ is their home page. The same people who thought it was a Very Special Moment at the Michael Jackson memorial when the family took terrified little 11-year-old Paris, who'd been home-schooled and hidden behind veils her whole life, and shoved her in front of a microphone so she could tell 31 million people how sad she felt that Daddy was dead.

"What you're about to see will become a reality series on A&E!," "ET" Anchor Guy Kevin Frazier emotes as the show introduces the footage it had "somehow" gotten its hands on.

"A very revealing look at [Michael's] brothers and his mother, Katherine!" Anchor Guy Kevin enthuses, followed by footage of the non-Michael Jackson brothers and their mom sitting around a table in the back yard of the family compound in Encino, Calif., with one lone paper plate filled with food. Grandkids are heard playing in the background.

The brothers talk about the album they're trying to make.

"It's been a long time," Katherine observes suspiciously, in a sort of when-will-you-guys-get-your-act-together way, reports The TV Column's "ET" beat reporter, Emily Yahr.

"It's the graceful, loving matriarch of the Jackson family, joyously eager to see her sons reunite," gushes Anchor Guy Kevin.


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