‘Janet Jackson: Family First’ Documentary in the Works

‘Janet Jackson: Family First’ Documentary in the Works


A&E Networks and Lifetime have announced a sequel to Janet Jackson’s hit self-titled documentary, which debuted in 2022.

Janet Jackson: Family First is an intimate and candid look at Janet preparing for and on the road for her upcoming headlining Together Again Tour.

As cited in the press materials, the tour will celebrate “Janet Jackson’s 50th anniversary in entertainment and spotlight the milestones for two of Jackson’s most critically acclaimed albums – 25 years of The Velvet Rope, and 30 years of janet.”

“I was touched by the love and support from the wonderful fans who enjoyed the documentary last year,” says Janet. “I am excited to continue to share my story, and welcome fans into my life and the Together Again tour. Thank you for your never-ending support, and I hope you enjoy the next chapter.”

The documentary is also a family affair. In it, Janet teams with her brother Randy Jackson (who co-executive produced Janet Jackson) to “reunite the family band after 40 years since their last performance.”

Courtesy of A&E Networks and Lifetime.

“In this next chapter in the documentary, Janet and I are thrilled to welcome viewers on the road with us as we embark on the Together Again tour, celebrating the milestone of 50 years of Janet’s career with fans across the country. We look forward to the continued partnership with Lifetime and A&E, and to sharing our family with viewers,” Randy adds. 

Janet again enlists Ben Hirsch as director and Rick Murray and Brie Miranda Bryant as executive producers. Janet and Randy also serve as executive producers for the new doc.

Janet Jackson: Family First has yet to be given an official release date. It is currently being filmed, according to press assets. 

Last winter, Janet’s first feature documentary, Janet Jackson, debuted on A&E Networks and Lifetime to rave reviews. It averaged 15.7 total viewers, making it the best non-fiction debut since The Last Dance, which premiered on ESPN and ESPN2 in 2020.

Janet Jackson was nominated for Best Music Documentary at the 2022 MTV Movie & TV Awards. The award ultimately went to OLIVIA RODRIGO: driving home 2 u (a SOUR film).

Courtesy of Live Nation

Janet is gearing up for her Together Again Tour. The North American trek kicks off Apr. 14 in Hollywood, Florida. Support for the tour comes from rap phenomenon Ludacris, who will appear at all tour stops until it wraps on June 21 in Seattle, Washington.

Apart from collecting nearly a dozen new RIAA awards, Janet celebrated the 25th anniversary of The Velvet Rope by releasing a special deluxe edition.

Janet is still due a new album. Black Diamond, the follow-up to 2015’s Unbreakable, was teased in early 2020. 

Of the album, Janet said in 2020, “Black Diamonds are the toughest of all the diamonds, the hardest to cute. I see that as the hardest to hurt or destroy. There is a lot that I have endured. I see myself as a Black Diamond in its purest form.”

Black Diamond is among Rated R&B’s most anticipated R&B albums to be released this year. 

See the dates for Janet Jackson’s Together Again Tour below.

Janet Jackson Together Again Tour 2023 Dates

Apr 14 – Hollywood, FL @ Hard Rock Live Arena
Apr 19 – Orlando, FL @ Amway Center
Apr 21 – Savannah, GA @ Enmarket Arena
Apr 22 – Birmingham, AL @ Legacy Arena
Apr 25 – Columbia, SC @ Colonial Life Arena
Apr 26 – Atlanta, GA @ State Farm Arena
Apr 27 – Atlanta, GA @ State Farm Arena
Apr 29 – Memphis, TN @ FedEx Forum
Apr 30 – St. Louis, MO @ Enterprise Center
May 2 – Kansas City, MO @ T-Mobile Center
May 4 – Nashville, TN @ Bridgestone Arena
May 6 – Bristow, VA @ Jiffy Lube Live
May 9 – New York, NY @ Madison Square Garden
May 10 – New York, NY @ Madison Square Garden
May 12 – Charlotte, NC @ PNC Music Pavilion
May 13 – Baltimore, MD @ CFG Bank Arena
May 14 – Virginia Beach, VA @ Veterans United Home Loans Amphitheater
May 18 – Allentown, PA @ PPL Center
May 19 – Mansfield, MA @ Xfinity Center
May 20 – Atlantic City, NJ @ Hard Rock Live at Etess Arena
May 23 – Toronto, ON @ Budweiser Stage
May 24 – Detroit, MI @ Little Caesars Arena
May 26 – Noblesville, IN @ Ruoff Music Center
May 27 – Tinley Park, IL @ Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre Chicago
May 28 – Milwaukee, WI @ American Family Insurance Amphitheater
May 30 – St. Paul, MN @ Xcel Energy Center
Jun 2 – Dallas, TX @ Dos Equis Pavilion
Jun 3 – Houston, TX @ Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion
Jun 4 – Austin, TX @ Moody Center
Jun 7 – Phoenix, AZ @ Ak-Chin Pavilion
Jun 9 – Irvine, CA @ FivePoint Amphitheatre
Jun 10 – Los Angeles, CA @ Hollywood Bowl*
Jun 11 – San Diego, CA @ North Island Credit Union Amphitheatre
Jun 16 – Mountain View, CA @ Shoreline Amphitheatre
Jun 20 – Portland, OR @ Moda Center
Jun 21 – Seattle, WA @ Climate Pledge Arena

*Not a Live Nation Date

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