×

‘Surviving R. Kelly’ Follow Up, Jeffrey Epstein Docuseries in the Works at Lifetime

Lifetime is working on a follow up to the hit docuseries “Surviving R. Kelly” and a new docuseries about Jeffrey Epstein.

Rob Sharenow, president of programming for A+E Networks, made the announcements at the Television Critics Association summer press tour on Tuesday. “The Aftermath” will be a four-part series featuring interviews with new survivors, psychologists, and experts on the Kelly case.

Surviving R. Kelly” was a six-part docuseries that detailed scores of accusations of sexual abuse against Kelly. After the series aired, Kelly faced massive public backlash, with many radio stations refusing to play his music. He was subsequently indicted on 18 counts of serious sexual misconduct and other charges in Chicago and New York. If convicted, he could face up 195 years in prison on the Chicago charges alone. Kelly has pleaded not guilty. He is being held without bond in Chicago and will be taken to New York for an Aug. 2 by federal marshals.

“Surviving R. Kelly” was recently nominated for an Emmy for best informational series or special and has been seen by nearly 30 million people.

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.”

Surviving Jeffrey Epstein” will tell the story of Epstein, a multimillionaire businessman, is accused of sexually abusing and trafficking underage girls as young as 14 years old and collecting child pornography. He was previously convicted of soliciting an underage girl for prostitution in 2008 but got a controversial plea deal that only saw him serve approximately a year in custody. Epstein’s case has captivated the public due to the high-profile circles Epstein ran in, consorting with figures such as President Donald Trump and former President Bill Clinton.

“Surviving Jeffrey Epstein” is in development with Robert Friedman’s Bungalow Media + Entertainment in association with Anne Sundberg and Ricki Stern. Sundberg and Stern will direct. Long-time contributor to The New York Times, New York Magazine, Town & Country, and Architectural Digest, Christopher Mason is also attached to the project.

Finally, Lifetime announced that the college admissions scandal that dominated headlines earlier this year will be getting the TV movie treatment. The film, provisionally titled “College Admissions Scandal,” will tell the story of the 50 privileged individuals, including actresses Lori Loughlin and Felicity Huffman, who were exposed for criminally conspiring to influence the undergraduate admissions decisions at some of America’s top schools. It will be produced by Varsity Films Inc., with Gail Katz and Howard Braunstein executive producing. Adam Salky will direct from a script by Stephen Tolkin.

More TV

  • Aimee Garcia Patton Oswalt Ben Schwartz

    TV News Roundup: Marvel TV and Hulu Unveil Casting for 'Marvel's M.O.D.O.K'

    In today’s TV news roundup, Marvel TV and Hulu announced the cast of its upcoming animated series, “Marvel’s MODOK” and Netflix set the premiere date for “Gentefied.” CASTING Marvel TV and Hulu revealed that Patton Oswalt, Aimee Garcia, Ben Schwartz, Melissa Fumero, Wendi McLendon-Covey, Beck Bennet, Jon Daly and Sam Richardson are joining “Marvel’s MODOK.” The animated [...]

  • Writers vs Agents Packaging War WGA

    APA Reaches Deal With Writers Guild of America

    APA has reached a deal with the Writers Guild of America, ending a nine-month standoff over allowing the agency to represent guild members. The full-service agency made the announcement Tuesday, four days after the Gersh agency signed a similar deal with the WGA. It’s the sixth mid-size agency to accede to the WGA’s bans on [...]

  • Game of Thrones

    ‘Game of Thrones’ Sweeps Parrot Analytics’ 2nd Global TV Demand Awards

    MIAMI —  “I must check it out. I’ve been hearing a lot about the show,” host Carson Kressley (“Queer Eye”) joked at Parrot Analytics’ 2nd Global TV Demand Awards as “Game of Thrones” swept two of its biggest plaudits: Most In-Demand TV Series in the World, along with Most In-Demand Drama Series. The awards ceremony  [...]

  • Rachel Brosnahan

    Rachel Brosnahan's Parents Once Called Acting Her 'Hobby'

    The cast of “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel” nabbed two Screen Actors Guild Awards at Sunday’s ceremony, for outstanding male actor (Tony Shalhoub) and outstanding performance by an ensemble in a comedy series, the latter adding one more statue to star Rachel Brosnahan’s collection.  Brosnahan won a SAG Award last year for outstanding female actor in [...]

More From Our Brands

Access exclusive content