Lifetime is following its documentary series Surviving R. Kelly with a sequel, Surviving R. Kelly: The Aftermath, and is also planning a new, similar series, Surviving Jeffrey Epstein.
“We’ve proven that Lifetime speaks for women about the issues that matter to them, when no one else does,” A+E Networks’ programming president Rob Sharenow said during the Television Critics Association summer press tour this morning. “We are committed to continuing to provide a platform for women to have their voices heard.”
The second season of Surviving R. Kelly will be four hours long, and “will feature interviews with new survivors, psychologists and experts on the case, and more insights into the ever-growing saga of the R&B singer, who is currently facing federal and state charges,” according to Lifetime.
It started production just before R. Kelly was indicted, Sharenow said, adding that it “will feature new interviews and insights on this ongoing story, because obviously, it’s ongoing and breaking up in the minute we’re going to air this thing.”
There has already been one follow-up: Surviving R. Kelly: The Impact was a two-hour special hosted by Soledad O’Brien that aired in May.
dream hampton was the showrunner for season one, but there’s a new showrunner for the new season: Sudi Khosropur, who’s been a producer on unscripted shows such as Lockup, Couples Therapy, and Cesar 911.
Here are the credits for season two, from Lifetime’s press release:
Surviving R. Kelly: The Aftermath will be executive produced by Joel Karsberg and Jessie Daniels of Kreativ Inc., dream hampton, Tamra Simmons, Maria Pepin with Bunim Murray Productions and Brie Miranda Bryant who executive produces for Lifetime. Sudi Khosropur is co-executive producer and showrunner for Surviving R. Kelly: The Aftermath.
Lifetime’s Jeffrey Epstein documentary
Lifetime’s next “investigative doc” will be about Jeffrey Epstein, the billionaire who was arrested by the FBI and “charged with sex trafficking of minors and conspiracy to commit sex trafficking of minors,” according to the Department of Justice’s press release.
The DOJ said that its “indictment unsealed today alleges that, between 2002 through 2005, EPSTEIN sexually exploited and abused dozens of underage girls by enticing them to engage in sex acts with him in exchange for money” and “allegedly worked with several employees and associates to ensure that he had a steady supply of minor victims to abuse, and paid several of those victims themselves to recruit other underage girls to engage in similar sex acts for money.”
In 2007, Epstein “was accused of assembling a large, cult-like network of underage girls — with the help of young female recruiters — to coerce into having sex acts behind the walls of his opulent waterfront mansion as often as three times a day,” The Miami Herald reported late last fall.
The paper detailed how then-federal prosecutor Alexander Acosta—who was now Donald Trump’s labor secretary—gave Epstein a deal that led to just 13 months in jail and “essentially shut down an ongoing FBI probe into whether there were more victims and other powerful people who took part in Epstein’s sex crimes.” (Acosta resigned last week.)
The documentary—it’s not clear if it’s a feature doc or a series—is currently “in development,” Lifetime said in its announcement, which listed these people as being involved in the production:
“Surviving Jeffrey Epstein is in development with Emmy-winner Robert Friedman’s Bungalow Media + Entertainment (Panama Papers, The Preppy Murder) in association with award-winning filmmakers Anne Sundberg and Ricki Stern (The Preppy Murder,Reversing Roe, The Devil Came on Horseback). Sundberg and Stern will direct. Long-time contributor to The New York Times, New York Magazine, Town & Country and Architectural Digest, respected journalist Christopher Mason is also attached to the project.”