Motown 25 To Re-Air On PBS

Sources: The Detroit News – By Melody Baetens | All Things Michael


The 1983 NBC special “Motown 25” became legendary almost instantly, when Michael Jackson stopped the show with his moonwalk, as he sang his then-new song “Billie Jean.” The special was the first big reunion of Motown’s great stars of the 1960s and ’70s, and almost everybody was still alive — Jackson is sizzling, as is Marvin Gaye; The Temptations, Supremes, The Miracles and Four Tops are all in the house, Diana Ross is at the peak of her solo fame and Smokey Robinson hosts.

Feb. 28 @PBS will re-air NBC’s Motown 25 (where @michaeljackson unleashed the moonwalk to a gasping world). First broadcast since 1983.

— Robert Lloyd (@LATimesTVLloyd) January 22, 2015

Now T.J. Lubinsky is bringing the show back to broadcast TV, airing it on PBS stations nationally Feb. 28, including Detroit Public Television WTVS. Lubinsky was in town Wednesday filming segments that will air on the national broadcast with Martha Reeves and former Supreme Mary Wilson. “What a reunion it was,” Reeves said, recalling the 1983 show. “Everybody performed to their best.” There will be repeat broadcasts of “Motown 25” throughout March.

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