Fans kept guessing about "Jackson 4" reunion

Fri Dec 4, 2009 5:23pm EST
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By Jill Serjeant

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Michael Jackson's death put a sudden end to long-rumored plans for a Jackson 5 reunion, but brother Jermaine on Friday kept fans guessing about whether there might be a "Jackson 4" concert next year.

"Those plans are in the works but you have to wait and see where it goes", Jermaine Jackson told reporters, referring to an upcoming reality TV show about the famous singing family.

"The Jacksons: A Family Dynasty," which begins airing on Dec 13 on the A&E network, follows original members Jermaine, Jackie, Tito and Marlon as they planned for a tentative 40th anniversary reunion of the Jackson 5 before -- and after -- the sudden death in June of their younger brother Michael.

The Jackson 5, with Michael as the key singer, were one of Motown's biggest acts in the early 1970s, scoring hit songs such as "ABC" and "I'll Be There."

Producers on Friday said fans would have to watch the six-episode show to find out whether the brothers decide to go ahead in some form, without Michael.

"That is a surprise you have to stay tuned for that. The guys live all of those answers out on camera," said executive producer Jodi Gomes.

Gomes and Jermaine Jackson also denied reports from earlier this year that his late brother's three young children would appear on the TV show, citing respect for Michael's efforts to keep them away from the media spotlight during his life.

"There was never any intention to put Michael's children on the show before or after his death," Gomes said.   Continued...

<p>Singer Jermaine Jackson arrives at the 2009 American Music Awards in Los Angeles, California November 22, 2009. REUTERS/Danny Moloshok</p>