After you've eaten too much turkey, watched too much football and taken a nap, bring your Thanksgiving Day to a satisfying conclusion by tuning in to "Michael Jackson: BAD25," the documentary film by award-winning director Spike Lee, celebrating the 25th anniversary of Michael Jackson's landmark "BAD" album and tour. The 90-minute special premieres at 9:30 p.m., Nov. 22 on ABC.
In a wise decision to show this family-oriented documentary on network television rather than in theaters, ABC promises "The music you know, the story you don't." With "never before seen footage," "BAD25" is a "Who's Who" in the world of entertainment, featuring interviews with Jackson, Justin Bieber, Ruben Blades, Chris Brown, Mariah Carey, Andrae Crouch, Jeffrey Daniel, Siedah Garrett, Nelson George, CeeLo Green, Jermaine Jackson, Quincy Jones, Greg Phillinganes, Usher, Martin Scorsese, Ahmir "?uestlove" Thompson, Kanye West and Stevie Wonder.
"Whenever he made that connection with people, the molecules changed," said rocker Sheryl Crow.
The special also showcases Jackson's groundbreaking long form videos, analyzing in particular, the gravity-defying "lean" featured in "Smooth Criminal." "A lot of people, they're used to seeing the outcome. It's so much work!" Jackson said in an archival interview.
"Bad" is not only a multi-platinum album; it is a cultural phenomenon. The album was number one around the world, made history with five consecutive number one singles on the Billboard chart, produced nine chart-topping singles, and nine groundbreaking and iconic short films, including "Smooth Criminal," "The Way You Make Me Feel" and "Bad." To date, the "Bad" album has generated over 45 million units in sales. The "BAD World Tour" was Jackson's first concert tour as a solo artist, and his only North American tour, and included 123 concerts attended by more than 4.4 million fans over 16 months. When it concluded, the tour had shattered all previous touring records for attendance and local gross revenue.
Even so, Jackson reportedly felt some anxiety over the project, which followed "Thriller," a masterpiece that remains the bestselling album of all time.
Describing the self-proclaimed King of Pop as "a workaholic, very quiet, very well-mannered," filmmaker Spike Lee, who directed the video for Jackson's "They Don't Really Care About Us," recalled, "He wanted to top himself every time he came out." At the 69th annual Venice Film Festival, Lee premiered "Bad 25," his documentary commemorating the 25th anniversary of the album being released on Aug. 31, 1987.