It’s not even been eight months since the release of Lifetime’s Surviving R. Kelly, but already a second season is in the works, with plans to examine the events of the last few months.
Over the last few months, barely a day has gone by where R. Kelly’s name has been absent from the headlines. Following months of allegations of sexual and emotional abuse against the artist, it was recently revealed he had been formally arrested on federal sex trafficking charges.
While it remains to be seen how this current battle will play out, most of these legal troubles came to light following the premiere of Lifetime’s Surviving R. Kelly documentary back in January.
The documentary provides an in-depth look at the accusations made against the controversial artist, including such claims that he has had sex with underage girls, has physically abused numerous women, and even ran a “sex cult” from his Chicago home.
Incidentally, the documentary also featured interviews with a number of people who had worked with R. Kelly, including Chance The Rapper, who explained that their 2015 collaboration was “a mistake”.
While a follow-up documentary was released back in May (titled Surviving R. Kelly: The Impact), Lifetime have now ordered a second season to go into production.
As Variety reports, Surviving R. Kelly: The Aftermath is set to be a four-hour production that includes interviews from experts, psychologists, and even those who claim to be survivors.
It appears as though the new documentary will premiere in the near future alongside another similarly-themed (and titled) production called Surviving Jeffery Epstein, which plans to highlight the actions of convicted sex offender Jeffrey Epstein, who was himself arrested on charges of sex trafficking earlier this month.
While there is no broadcast date set for either of the two series, producers are undoubtedly hoping that these new productions will have much the same effect as the first one did.