LOS ANGELES — Jeffrey Epstein is heading toward TV’s R. Kelly turf.
The Lifetime cable channel has already drawn praise and an Emmy nomination for its “Surviving R. Kelly” documentary series. Now – as Kelly faces 18 more charges, including child sexual exploitation and child pornography — a sequel is being prepared.
And now Lifetime has announced plans for:
— “Surviving Jeffrey Epstein.” A Lifetime executive said it will focus on the billionaire, charged with human traficking, and “all the famous friends who shielded him.”
— And, separately, a documentary on the scandal involving people using wealth and deception to get their kids into top colleges.
Right now, the network is spending the next five Saturdays on forbidden-love movies based on V.C. Andrews novel.
Still, it’s not an all-scandal. Coming Oct. 19 is a strong movie about the friendship between country stars Patsy Cline and Loretta Lynn.