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Show to Examine Michael Jackson's Face

The face of pop singer Michael Jackson will be the subject of a special edition of NBC’s news magazine “Dateline” next month.

“Michael Jackson Unmasked,” set to air at 10 p.m. EST Feb. 17, will be “the inside story as told by some of the people who knew him best,” according to a network statement. Further details about the program weren’t given.

For years, Jackson’s appearance – particularly his increasingly smaller nose and lighter skin tone – has been the subject of intense scrutiny and speculation.

In announcing the program to television critics last week, NBC Entertainment President Jeff Zucker said “Dateline” can encompass a variety of stories in its three hours each week.

The series can “run the gamut from important, serious shows like Tom Brokaw’s fantastic hour on Iraq to ridiculous but fascinating hours on Michael Jackson’s face,” Zucker told the Television Critics Association.

Jackson, 44, last made headlines in November when he dangled his son, Prince Michael II, from a fourth-floor balcony in Germany. The baby wasn’t hurt and Jackson quickly apologized, calling it “a terrible mistake.”

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