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‘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.

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