Halloween is one of those holidays that usually finds itself yielding a new special or two, and this year won’t be any different as CBS has set the premiere date for and released the first official image from their new Michael Jackson-themed animated special Michael Jackson’s Halloween.
The one-hour animated special is set to premiere on October 27 at 8:00 pm EST, and will feature Jackson’s acclaimed music as its soundtrack. Christine Baranski, Kiersey Clemons, Alan Cumming, George Eads, Brad Garrett, Lucy Liu, Jim Parsons and Lucas Till are the voices featured in the special
Here’s CBS’s official synopsis for Michael Jackson’s Halloween:
“Created and produced by Optimum Productions, the Michael Jackson company now owned by his estate, Michael Jackson’s Halloween follows millennials Vincent (Till) and Victoria (Clemons), who meet “accidentally” on Halloween night and find themselves, along with Ichabod the dog, at a mysterious hotel located at 777 Jackson Street called This Place Hotel. Once inside, Vincent and Victoria are sent on an adventure culminating in a spectacular dance finale featuring an animated Michael Jackson.”
The special was created and produced by Optimum Productions, with animation production by Hammerhead. John Branca and John McClain, co-executors of the Estate of Michael Jackson, serve as executive producers. Daniel Chuba is the producer and Mark A.Z. Dippé is the director.
The holiday special will come on the heels of the September 29 release of Michael Jackson’s Scream, a Halloween-appropriate compilation album that collects thirteen of Jackson’s “scariest” songs on CD and vinyl. The compilation also includes the five-song mash-up “Blood On The Dance Floor X Dangerous (The White Panda Mash-Up)”
Here’s the track listing for Michael Jackson’s Scream, along with a sample from the Track 14 mash-up:
01 “This Place Hotel”
03 “Blood On The Dance Floor”
04 “Somebody’s Watching Me”
05 “Dirty Diana”
07 “Leave Me Alone”
14 “Blood On The Dance Floor X Dangerous (The White Panda Mash-Up)”