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J.J. Abrams and Tavis Smiley team up for event series about Michael Jackson

An event series about the final days of Michael Jackson might moonwalk its way to your TV screen. Tavis Smiley is working with J.J. Abrams’ production company to adapt his book about Jackson into an event television series, Warner Bros. announced Monday. A network has not yet been attached.

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PBS renews Tavis Smiley for two years

Tavis Smiley, who has brought rare diversity to late-night TV for a decade on PBS, will add another two years to his run.

The Tavis Smiley show has been renewed through 2015, PBS said Thursday.

“The highlight for me is surviving,” Smiley said, noting the growing competitiveness in the late-night talk show realm.

He said he’s unfazed by the coming shake-up that will see Jay Leno step down (again) as host of NBC’s Tonight, with the venerable show heading east as Jimmy Fallon takes over in February.

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