The Water Cooler Podcast talks to Surviving R. Kelly showrunner dream hampton about her Emmy-nominated work for Outstanding Informational Series or Special.
It’s one of the most talked-about series of the year.
The three-night, six-hour docu-series Surviving R. Kelly kicked off 2019 with a bang, breaking records for the Lifetime network by averaging 2.1 million viewers. The series details the alleged years of sexual abuse of women and young girls at the hands of Kelly, and became a talking point on social media and in the news, culminating with an explosive interview between Gayle King and the pop singer. In June 2019, the series became an Emmy nominee for Outstanding Informational Series or Special, and a month later, Kelly faced federal charges that could potentially put the singer in prison for the rest of his life.
Joey Moser, Clarence Moye, and I had the pleasure of chatting with showrunner dream hampton about what it was like putting this project together, why families underestimated Kelly’s influence on their daughters, and what it’s like to see her docu-series a part of the push to bring him to justice.