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Lifetime preps “Surviving R. Kelly” follow-up special with Soledad O’Brien

A+E-owned female-focused channel Lifetime is preparing a follow-up special to the network’s acclaimed Surviving R. Kelly docuseries. Produced by Peacock Productions and hosted by journalist Soledad O’Brien, Surviving R Kelly: The Impact showcases the culture-impact the docuseries ...
April 26, 2019

A+E-owned female-focused channel Lifetime is preparing a follow-up special to the network’s acclaimed Surviving R. Kelly docuseries.

Produced by Peacock Productions and hosted by journalist Soledad O’BrienSurviving R Kelly: The Impact showcases the culture-impact the docuseries had around the world and its role in the conversation on sexual violence.

The two-hour special features footage from the docuseries, interviews with journalists, legal experts, NGOs and psychologists to discuss the ongoing saga surrounding the beleaguered R&B singer. Additionally, the special will examine Kelly’s  interview with CBS This Morning co-anchor Gayle King this past March and the women who remain loyal to him.

Surviving R Kelly: The Impact is executive produced by Elizabeth Waller.

Seven weeks after the debut of the Surviving R. Kelly, the Cook County attorney’s office indicted Kelly on 10 felony counts of aggravated sexual assault involving four victims, ultimately leading to the crooner’s arrest.

Surviving R Kelly: The Impact is set to premiere May 4 at 10 p.m. ET/PT on Lifetime.

About The Author
Senior staff writer Frederick Blichert comes to realscreen with a background as a journalist and freelance film critic. He has previously written for VICE, Paste Magazine, Senses of Cinema, Xtra, Canadian Cinematographer and elsewhere. He holds a Master of Arts in film studies from Carleton University and a Master of Journalism from the University of British Columbia.

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