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'Michael Jackson's Halloween' set for CBS

'Michael Jackson's Halloween' set for CBS
Animation from 'Michael Jackson's Halloween,' which debuts this fall on CBS. (CBS)

Thanks to "Thriller," Michael Jackson has become a Halloween favorite.

A CBS special will try to build on the connection. The network has announced that "Michael Jackson's Halloween," a one-hour, animated program, will debut this fall. Jackson's music will fill the soundtrack, and an animated version of the late star will perform.

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The special will feature the voices of CBS stars: Jim Parsons ("The Big Bang Theory"), Lucy Liu ("Elementary"), Christine Baranski ("The Good Wife," "The Good Fight"), Alan Cumming ("The Good Wife"), George Eads and Lucas Till ("MacGyver") and Brad Garrett ("Everybody Loves Raymond"). The cast also features Kiersey Clemons.

The plot: Vincent (Till) and Victoria (Clemons) meet on Halloween night and land at This Place Hotel, which has the address 777 Jackson Street.

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Inside, they are "are sent on an unexpected, magical adventure of personal discovery, culminating in a spectacular dance finale featuring an animated Michael Jackson," CBS said.

The program was created and produced by Optimum Productions, the Michael Jackson company now owned by his estate. John Branca and John McClain, co-executors of Jackson's estate, are executive producers.

Daniel Chuba is the producer, Mark A.Z. Dippé is the director, and Hammerhead provided the animation.

hboedeker@orlandosentinel.com and 407-420-5756.

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