August 20, 2009
Posted: 12:08 PM ET
A&E plans to air a Jackson family reality series that will show the late King of Pop's brothers grappling with his sudden death.
Sources told The Hollywood Reporter on Wednesday that Jackie, Tito, Jermaine and Marlon had previously filmed an hour-long pilot before Michael's death, and planned to include a climactic reunion with The Gloved One.
But their younger brother never signed on to do it, and passed before they could change his mind.
Insiders say that A&E is moving forward with more episodes that show the Jacksons coping with Michael's death and handling the day-to-day struggles in their own lives.
A deal for the series hasn't been fully ironed out, but the original agreement was for a pilot with provisions for a series, so the show will go on.
The one-hour pilot will air on A&E within the month, likely with a reference at the end that Michael passed away, followed by segments that will be shaped into either 30 or 60-minute episodes.
Danny O'Donovan, who has managed the Jacksons since they left Motown in the late 70s, brokered the TV deal.
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