This program is scheduled to air on January 13 and three dates thereafter in the United Kingdom. Inquiries directed to Discovery Communications indicate there are no plans at this time to air the program in the United States. This doesn't mean it won't eventually be aired in the U.S.; only that it's not currently scheduled to be aired in the U.S.
It's been announced within Michael Jackson's online community of advocates that the Discovery Channel is actually OWN, the Oprah Winfrey Network.
This is not true.
OWN, acronym for Oprah Winfrey Network, is a future U.S. specialty channel, set to launch on January 1, 2011, owned jointly by Discovery Communications and Harpo Productions. Winfrey's network will replace only the Discovery Health Channel, which has fallen victim to low viewer ratings, on cable and satellite feeds. The use of the word "network" to describe Winfrey's new endeavor is a misnomer. She's taking over the Discovery Health Channel only with programming of her own choosing.
The Oprah Winfrey Network is only one of 28 separate brands--NOT the owner of the Discovery Channel or Discovery Communications. At these links are several press releases that explain the breadth of OWN's program choices.
UNLESS A CHRISTMAS MIRACLE HAPPENS, THIS OFFENSIVE SHOW FOR MONEY AND RATINGS WILL BE AIRED!!! The Michael Jackson Estate has been notified and according to the legal team nothing is illegal in what Discovery is doing.
So Now It's Up to US... The Admires of Michael Jackson to UNITE. Please read the following letter:
When Michael was alive, he had many opportunities to lash out at those who hurt him. We all know who those people are, so we won’t dignify them by mentioning them here. The point is, he didn’t verbally retaliate. He did, however, implore his fans: “Don’t waste your cash on filthy tabloid trash.”
He also wrote songs to allay his frustration.
We’ve written to everybody and his brother at Discovery Communications. We’ve emailed, snail mailed and called, but apparently the fake autopsy will proceed on January 13. Despite the Estate’s attempted intervention, there are no legal grounds on which to halt this program. All that’s left is to dig deep within ourselves and not give in to our human tendency to crane our necks to watch a train wreck.
Michael’s fans didn’t always heed his plea to not buy tabloids. However, in honor of Michael, and to show gratitude for all he has given us, even now after his passing through a new album and gifts of The Immortal by Cirque du Soleil and other events, we can promise ourselves and each other that we will not patronize this sordid and dishonorable breach of Michael’s privacy.
Let’s be united in our conviction to NOT tune in on January 13 through 17, 2011. Send a message to the Discovery Channel that their tone-deaf plan to stage a mock autopsy of a beloved icon is ill-advised and grossly tasteless.
Please don’t let your human curiosity get the best of you by watching this program. Please think first of Michael’s legacy and his children and let this program suffer the death it deserves. If you’re tempted by curiosity to see what the program is all about, please look at Michael’s sweet smile and tell yourself, “It’s not worth it. I will honor Michael through my restraint.”