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The Best of TV’s Wall-to-Wall Michael Jackson Coverage

Many networks are planning special programming for the anniversary of Michael Jackson’s death including MTV, CNN and even Animal Planet

Michael Jackson will take over the airwaves on Friday night as networks mark the first anniversary of his death.

Even Animal Planet is getting in on the action with a special about the late pop singer's relationship with his pet chimpanzee.

Here's the best of the bunch. Many of these shows will be re-airing throughout the weekend, so check your local listings.

"This Is It," Starz, multiple airings
The 50-show "This Is It" series in London was to be Jackson's farewell to live performances. The documentary of its rehearsals features behind-the-scenes footage of Jackson planning, choreographing and performing his greatest hits.

"Michael Jackson's Top 10 Video Countdown," MTV, ongoing
Jackson was known for spectacular music videos with guest appearances from the likes of Eddie Murphy, Tyra Banks and Michael Jordan. They'll air on MTV throughout Friday night and during the day on Saturday.

"Michael Jackson's Entourage: Where Are They Now," TV Guide Network, 6 p.m.
Jackson often surrounded himself with eccentric figures — including spiritual advisors and a medical team that fed him prescription drugs. He was also known for his friendships with celebrities like Emmanuel Lewis, Elizabeth Taylor and Macaulay Culkin. A look inside the singer's inner circle.

"Michael Jackson: His Final Days," CNN, 8-11 p.m.
On the day Jackson died, CNN anchor Don Lemon was in Chicago, but he rushed out to L.A. to get on air. After barely making his flight, he spent the next few days in California covering every aspect of Jackson's death and the ensuing investigation. "I just decided to own the Jackson coverage; I feel like I was the face of that story," he said. He returned to California to tape this documentary, which includes an interview with Jackson's brothers Jermaine and Tito. A special edition of "Larry King Live" taped at the pop singer's final resting place, Forest Lawn, will air after the show.

"Michael Jackson & Bubbles: The Untold Story," Animal Planet, midnight 
A look at the unique relationship between the singer and his primate pal.

Aaron Barlow writes about film, new media (especially blogging) and whatever else happens to pique his interest. Past owner/operator of a cafe, a store, and a gallery (among other activities), he began teaching at New York City College of Technology (CUNY) four years ago. His newest book is “Quentin Tarantino: Life at the Extremes.” Visit him online at www.aaronbarlow.com.