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'Trapped in the Closet' will return on IFC

March 21, 2012 |  1:53 pm

R. Kelly brings more 'Trapped in the Closet'

Remember "Trapped in the Closet"? R. Kelly's sprawling, never-ending musical narrative of sex and deceit is about to get another chapter on IFC late this year.

The "Trapped in the Closet" saga began life as a five-part song on R. Kelly's 2005 album "TP3. Reloaded." Videos were shot for the five songs and released on a special DVD along with the album. In 2007, it was expanded to 22 chapters for IFC and, where it drew the channel's largest online audience ever.

The story, about the chain of events that take place after a one-night stand, has grown to encompass a bizarre cast of characters, including Rosie the Nosey Neighbor, Big Man and Pimp Lucius.

Those characters and more will be back for the new chapters of the tale, which, as always, is executive produced, starring, written and co-directed by R. Kelly.

In addition to "Trapped in the Closet," IFC is premiering a new comedy series starring podcasting phenomenon Marc Maron. Maron's "WTF" podcast has revived the comedian's career with his candid interviews with famous comedians, including Louis C.K. and Conan O'Brien.

The IFC series, tentatively titled "Maron," will fictionalize Maron's life in a "Curb Your Enthusiasm" kind of way. He'll play a trouble comedian whose career has been revived with a podcast called "WTF" involving comedian interviews.

Other new series include the animated comedy "Out There," about the coming-of-age adventures of boys in a small town; and "Bunk," a comedy game show in which comedians compete in "inane challenges" to win prizes.

Additionally, "Portlandia" will be back with a special episode during the summer and a third season beginning in January.


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