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New Chapters Of R. Kelly's "Trapped In The Closet" To See The Light Of Day (Thanks A Lot, IFC)

by Emmanuel Akitobi
March 21, 2012 11:00 AM
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I don't know who in the world greenlighted this move, but the Independent Film Channel (IFC) unveiled its 2012 - 2013 original programming line-up this week, and surprise, surprise--  it includes a new installment of singer R. Kelly’s “hip-hopera”, Trapped In The Closet.

Tambay first told us in December that Kelly had written 32 new chapters to the melodramatic series that debuted in 2007, and was looking for investors to bankroll the project.  I guess he found them.

Needless to say, I'm not a fan of the "series".  But the IFC seems to believe that there's still a big-enough audience out there for this type of material.  We'll see how long this lasts.

Here's the official release from IFC:

Premieres 4Q 2012

Part contemporary movie musical, part urban operetta and part epic music video, TRAPPED IN THE CLOSET initially debuted on IFC and in 2007 delivering the network’s most robust online audience ever. The premiere chapters were a suspenseful, mysterious, humorous and dramatic story, packed with cliffhangers and unexpected twists and turns.

Now, Sylvester, Rufus, Cathy Gwendolyn, Bridget, Big Man, Rosie the Nosy Neighbor, Twan and Pimp Lucius are back This year, the crew reunites on IFC in the next installments of R. Kelly’s continuing hip hopera about a group of characters interconnected by sexual exploits, little people and a mysterious package.

TRAPPED IN THE CLOSET is produced by Sylvester Films and Fuzzy Bunny Films; R. Kelly executive produces, writes, stars, and co-directs with Jim Swaffield; Ann Carli is the producer. For IFC, the show is executive produced by Jennifer Caserta, Debbie DeMontreux, Christine Lubrano and Evan

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  • Laura | March 21, 2012 9:58 PMReply

    Wish they had put him under the jail for messing with little girls. However you can not deny that the man is brilliant. Trapped in the Closet is hil -freaking-larious.

  • mantan | March 21, 2012 2:55 PMReply

    sh1t, i got the cd. i'm about to listen to it right now. that junk was and ridiculous and funny.

  • Phil | March 21, 2012 2:54 PMReply

    Just watched the original again a couple of weeks ago. Definitely hilarious and I was suprised at R's natural acting ability and character improv skills. Threw everything away when he messed with those young girls though...

  • B | March 21, 2012 2:36 PMReply

    That shit cray. I laughed so hard at the Trapped in the Closet videos. Dude is creative and original, that's for sure. But I'll pass...I think.

  • FilmGuy | March 21, 2012 1:52 PMReply

    I'm happy for him because as crazy it was/is, you gotta give him props for being mad creative. I'd actually like to see more black musicals.

  • getthesenets | March 21, 2012 1:34 PMReply

    omg a RUBBER.....RUBber.....Rubber...rubber

  • JMac | March 21, 2012 1:04 PMReply

    If nothing, the series was original and very creative. You can tell he put a lot of effort into it and have to appreciate it was not some piece of hastily/lazily thrown together crap. And it was funny (intentionally and unintentionally). Might catch one or two episodes.

  • Cherish | March 21, 2012 1:25 PM

    I agree. Have to give R. Kelly credit for doing something different. It was crazy and all over the place, but, hey, how often do we get a hip-hopera?

  • janice | March 21, 2012 12:06 PMReply

    Trapped in the Closet was funny.

  • Quentin | March 21, 2012 11:44 AMReply

    Who said previous chapters of "Trapped in the Closet" should've saw the light of day?

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