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LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) - Thousands are expected to swamp downtown Los Angeles to mourn Michael Jackson Tuesday at the Staples Center.
NewsChannel 11 will broadcast the service live, with coverage scheduled to begin at noon.
This service will pre-empt NewsChannel 11 at Noon, Days of Our Lives and The Doctors.
Meredith Vieira will anchor the service, as well as serving as co-host of Tuesday's Today show from the memorial site. Brian Williams will anchor Nightly News from Los Angeles Tuesday night, as well.
Monday night, Hoda Kotb anchors "Dateline" which will feature the latest updates on Michael Jackson's memorial service and funeral arrangements, plus the making of the "Thriller" music video.
On Tuesday, Lester Holt will anchor a special edition of "Dateline" which will include highlights from the memorial service and reactions from fans of Michael Jackson around the country.
Michael Jackson Service Participants
LOS ANGELES, CA - The Jackson family today announced the participants for the Michael Jackson memorial on Tuesday, July 7th, at the Staples Center:
Ron Boyd (family friend); Kobe Bryant; Mariah Carey; Andrae Crouch Choir; Berry Gordy; Jennifer Hudson; Shaheen Jafargholi (finalist on Britain's Got Talent); Magic Johnson; Martin Luther King III; Bernice A. King; John Mayer; Lionel Richie; Smokey Robinson; Rev. Al Sharpton; Brooke Shields; Pastor Lucious Smith (family friend); Usher; and Stevie Wonder.
This list is preliminary and subject to change. There will be no further information regarding the program.
An attorney for Jackson's ex-wife Debbie Rowe will not be there, saying her attendance would be "an unnecessary distraction."
Entertainment analysts say that given the feverish interest in all things Jackson, the Los Angeles memorial could be one of the most-viewed events of all time.
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