On the one-year anniversary of Michael Jackson‘s death, the television specials were legion. Two that ran in prime time on June 25 were “Michael Jackson: After Life” on ABC’s “20/20” and “Michael Jackson: A Mother’s Story” on “Dateline NBC.”
“After Life” was an up close and personal look at the final days of Michael Jackson’s life, followed by the hoopla surrounding his death and memorial. There were morbid details, like Jackson’s condition in those final days (“one side of my body is hot and one side is very cold”) and his deathbed begging for his “milk,” or the milky-white narcotic propofol.
“A Mother’s Story” was a more tender look at Jackson’s life. It featured anecdotes and reminiscing from his mother Katherine. She recalls knowing Jackson was going to be musically talented when he danced along with the washing machine noises as a toddler. Katherine also revealed that her favorite songs were the Jackson 5’s “Man of War” and “Man in the Mirror” from Jackson’s solo career. Katherine will also be putting out a coffee table book of personal memories titled “Never Can Say Goodbye.”
So … did you watch either special? What did you think?