Jacksons exploiting Michael’s death

Posted Dec. 17, 2009, at 7:01 p.m.

Once again, The Man on the Couch and I are disgusted by reality TV. The Jackson family (well, at least some of them) is exploiting their brother’s death and creating a reality TV show that follows them through the mourning process. What?

To be fair, the show reportedly was in the works before Michael Jackson’s sudden death, and the 40th reunion of the five brothers that had been planned obviously couldn’t happen.

According to the A&E Web site, “The Jacksons: A Family Dynasty” will chronicle the brothers’ relationships with one another, their parents and their children, while also balancing the demands of their professional commitments and celebrity. I must admit, the site created for the show is pretty interesting.

Who knew that Marlon was initially put on percussion duty because he sang off-key and couldn’t dance? And even with my crazy reality TV skills, I had no idea that Jermaine was a contestant on “Celebrity Big Brother” in the U.K. in 2007 and also appeared on CMT’s “Gone Country” (a little fact I had forgotten).

An article in “Access Atlanta” attempts to disprove the theory in the Thibodeau household that the Jacksons are taking advantage of the recent publicity the family received since The King of Pop’s death, but I’m still a pessimist.

The article states that the Jackson men are only trying to “dispel myths” about the family, and that they weren’t really estranged from Michael as many people thought.

For those of you who are curious, rumors of Michael Jackson’s children starring in the reality show aren’t true. Jackson’s mother, who has been granted custody of the children, told the Hollywood Reporter that “the pop star would not have wanted them to be in the public eye.”

The show airs at 10 p.m. Sundays on A&E.

Also new, “Keeping Up With the Kardashians” premiered its fourth season last weekend on E!, the day before Kourtney gave birth to a healthy baby boy — Mason Dash (named after their clothing store) Disick.

And another reality TV baby made an appearance this month much sooner than expected. The Duggar family of TLC’s “18 Kids and Counting” welcomed Josie Brooklyn Duggar Dec. 11 even though she wasn’t due to arrive until March. Complications led to the premature birth, but the baby is in stable condition, according to reports from People.

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