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Lifetime returns to R. Kelly with a new powerful series

Lifetime is readying the follow-up series “Surviving R. Kelly Part II: The Reckoning."
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FILE - In this June 6, 2019, file photo, musician R. Kelly leaves the Leighton Criminal Court building in Chicago. Lifetime is readying a follow-up series to "Surviving R. Kelly" called “Surviving R. Kelly Part II: The Reckoning” with one major difference: This time, R Kelly will be behind bars when it airs. (AP Photo/Amr Alfiky, File)

Few documentary TV series can argue to having a more powerful real world impact than “Surviving R. Kelly.” 

Although allegations of sexual abuse against minors followed Kelly for years, it was a six-part series aired by Lifetime featuring testimonials by alleged abuse survivors that sparked new attention from authorities. 

A year later, Lifetime is readying the follow-up series “Surviving R. Kelly Part II: The Reckoning” with one major difference: this time, he will be behind bars when it airs. 

Lifetime's head of unscripted development says the series takes a wider and deeper look at some of the issues the first one raised.