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Jacksons are in a family way

Joe Jackson (The Spokesman-Review)
Joe Jackson (The Spokesman-Review)

A reality show about the Jackson family will premiere Dec. 13 on A&E, with back-to-back hourlong episodes.

“The Jacksons: A Family Dynasty” focuses on brothers Jackie, Jermaine, Tito and Marlon as they prepare to reunite for a concert tour.

The six-episode series also chronicles them coping with brother Michael’s drug-induced death in June.

It remains unclear whether Michael Jackson or his children, Paris, Prince Michael and Prince Michael II (known as Blanket), will be seen in the shows.

Meanwhile, ABC has booked the first full television interview with Janet Jackson since her brother’s death, set to air Nov. 18.

It will be the first time she has allowed TV cameras into her Malibu home.

And 81-year-old family patriarch Joe Jackson is seeking an allowance from Michael’s estate to help cover expenses exceeding $15,000 a month, according to court documents filed Friday.

Michael Jackson’s will only called for money to be paid to his mother, his children and charity.

From divinity to royalty

After a two-year run, Bette Midler will perform her Las Vegas show “The Showgirl Must Go On” for the last time Jan. 31 at The Colosseum at Caesars Palace.

Coming next to The Strip: “Viva ELVIS,” a new Cirque du Soleil tribute to the life and music of Elvis Presley.

The kitsch is back

Elton John has been released from a London hospital after being treated for flu and an E. coli bacterial infection.

John, 62, plans to resume his suspended tour and will play scheduled U.S. dates with Billy Joel starting in Oakland, Calif., next Saturday.

The birthday bunch

Singer Johnny Rivers is 67. Singer-songwriter Joni Mitchell is 66. Actor Christopher Knight (“The Brady Bunch”) is 52. Actor Jeremy London (“Party of Five”) is 37. Actor Jason London (“The Rage: Carrie Two”) is 37. Actress Yunjin Kim (“Lost”) is 36.


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