A new two-hour documentary about Janet Jackson, simply titled “Janet,” will premiere in January 2022 on Lifetime and A&E in celebration of the star’s 40th anniversary of her debut album.

Jackson released a teaser for the documentary, in which fellow musicians such as Mariah Carey and Paula Abdul speak about their relationship with the singer. Jackson’s family members make appearances as well, with clips of the late Michael Jackson with his younger sister in home videos, as well as Tito Jackson saying, “She will always be my baby sister.”
Beneath the teaser is Jackson’s 1986 “Control,” which speaks to how she has taken charge of her own narrative and would like to speak in her own words about her life. “This is my story told by me, not through someone else’s eyes,” Jackson says.

The “Janet” documentary has been five years in the making, with the film following Jackson as her family went through the loss of their father, Joseph, who passed away in 2018. The documentary also shows archival footage and detailed accounts of some of Jackson’s biggest moments in her music career, including her 2004 Super Bowl performance with Justin Timberlake, which sparked controversy that still follows her into the present day.

“Janet” is executive produced by both Janet and Randy Jackson. Rick Murray executive produces for Workerbee and Brie Miranda Bryant serves as executive producer for A+E Networks. Ben Hirsch is directing.

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