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America, meet the Jacksons

Jermaine Jackson (The Spokesman-Review)
Jermaine Jackson (The Spokesman-Review)
From Wire Reports

The A&E network says its previously announced documentary about members of the Jackson family will be expanded into a reality series.

The official word came after “Entertainment Tonight” aired leaked footage from the special.

The clip showed family matriarch Katherine Jackson as well as her sons Jermaine, Jackie and Tito, at home, relaxing and chatting.

The original special, which the cable channel announced last May, focuses on Jackie, Tito, Jermaine and Marlon Jackson as they prepare for a concert tour.

Initial filming wrapped in June before Michael Jackson’s death, but he didn’t participate, a network spokesman said.

A&E did not specify a premiere date for the series or the number of episodes.

Babs and LaToya plus …

LaToya Jackson will give her first one-on-one interview since brother Michael’s death when she sits down with Barbara Walters for a “20/20” interview to air Sept. 11.

She will also appear Sept. 16 and 18 as a guest co-host of ABC’s “The View,” where Walters is one of the hosts.

Reality mom Kate Gosselin also will guest on “The View” Sept. 14 and 15, filling in for co-host Elisabeth Hasselbeck, who’s on maternity leave.

What, no Kate?

The year’s not even over, but Billboard already knows its woman of the year: Beyonce.

The singer/actress will be honored by the industry publication at its annual Women in Music event Oct 2.

Past honorees include Ciara and Reba McEntire.

The birthday bunch

Actor Tommy Sands is 72. Musician Daryl Dragon (the Captain and Tennille) is 67. Actress Tuesday Weld is 66. Actress Barbara Bach is 62. Ex-porn star Harry Reems is 62. Actor Paul Reubens (Pee-Wee Herman) is 57. Singer Yolanda Adams is 47. Actress Chandra Wilson (“Grey’s Anatomy”) is 40. Actress Sarah Chalke is 33. Rapper Mase is 32.

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