Showtime Sets Michael Jackson Documentary

Showtime will chronicle the rise of a young Michael Jackson in a new documentary series, Michael Jackson’s Journey From Motown to 'Off The Wall,' the network said Thursday (Jan. 7).

The Spike Lee-produced documentary, which will debut Feb. 5 with multiple plays throughout the month on-air, on demand and over the internet, focuses on Jackson’s career evolving from the lead singer of the Jackson 5 to a solo artist and the development of his 1979 album Off the Wall, said network officials.

The documentary will feature footage from Michael’s personal archive, as well as  interviews with such personalities as Lee Daniels, The Weeknd, Pharrell Williams, Kobe Bryant, Misty Copeland, Mark Ronson, John Legend, Questlove and L.A. Reid. Jackson’s parents, Katherine and Joe Jackson, will also be featured along with his brothers Jackie and Marlon Jackson, said Showtime.

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