Janet Jackson will celebrate the 40th anniversary of her self-titled 1982 album with a special two-night documentary event that will simulcast on A&E and Lifetime in 2022.
Boasting unprecedented and unfettered access to the best-selling pop icon, the documentary, tentatively titled JANET, offers an intimate look at her story for the first time through exclusive archival footage, never-before-seen home videos and celebrity interviews. The two-night, four-hour special will uncover the hardest moments in her personal life and professional career, including the passing of her father and the Jackson family patriarch Joe, her 2004 Super Bowl halftime show performance with Justin Timberlake the death of her brother Michael Jackson, and becoming a mother later in her life.
Ben Hirsh directed JANET, with Workerbee producing for Lifetime and A&E and Associated Entertainment Corporation co-producing. Janet Jackson and Randy Jackson are executive producers on the project, while Rick Murray is credited as the executive producer for Workerbee and Brie Miranda Bryant is serving as executive producer for A+E Networks.
JANET will air in early 2022 on Lifetime and A&E, two of A+E Networks’ flagship channels. The top-rated television network announced 2,500 hours of new programming in the pipeline for 2021 and 2022 on Wednesday (March 3), including 70 hours of premium documentaries and 221 movies.
“Our brands have clear identities with a strong foundation of hit series. Across our entire portfolio and in a variety of genres, we continue to have an incredible roster of A-list, diverse talent in-front of and behind the camera,” said A+E Networks Group President Paul Buccieri in an official statement. “Our ongoing efforts to launch and invest in best-in-class original programming for our linear properties, as well as further expanding our 360-experiences, demonstrates a deep commitment to being available wherever and however viewers want to be entertained, whether through high-performing podcasts, virtual experiences or digital multiplatform content.”
Reba McEntire scored a two-picture deal with A+E Networks, where she will both star and produce a holiday film Christmas in Tune and a non-holiday film in development for 2022. Christmas in Tune, which follows a marketing executive named Bella who reunites her parents to sing at a charity Christmas concert, will be included in the network’s annual holiday slate “It’s a Wonderful Lifetime” and will include an original holiday tune by McEntire. Her hit TV series Reba aired in syndication on Lifetime.
“I am thrilled to partner with Lifetime for a return to television movies! My fans and I enjoy their programming and loved watching the Reba show there for so many years,” the legendary country singer and actress said in an official statement.
“Reba has been a creative force in both music and television for many years. We are thrilled to have her on board to produce and star in not just one — but two movies for us,” added Tanya Lopez, executive vice president of movies, limited series & original movie acquisitions, Lifetime and LMN. “Reba has been part of Lifetime’s air many years ago and we can’t wait to welcome her back!”
Juliet Giglio and Keith Giglio wrote Christmas in Tune, which is produced by Hartbreak Films. McEntire and Paula Hart will serve as executive producers.