Have our years of quiet yearning for more chapters of Trapped in the Closet finally, truly paid off? According to a statement on the IFC website — yes, that IFC — the network will be hosting the long-awaited next installments in R. Kelly's "mega-hit urban operetta." Once again, Kelly will be executive producing, writing, co-directing, and starring in the series.
From the network's delightfully worded statement:
"Part contemporary movie musical, part urban soup opera, part epic music video, part independent film, this groundbreaking series unfolds like a juicy tabloid story, full of suspense, mystery, drama, and packed with unexpected twists and turns. […] Viewers demanded more, and R. Kelly delivered again and again with brand new characters and plot twists and twenty-two chapters of whatever was going on inside R. Kelly's rich interior world.
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."
Clearly, the people at IFC love this series as much as we do, if not more. It wouldn't have killed them to give us any plot details at all, or an actual release date, but R. Kelly seems to be going for a Matthew Weiner vibe with this — even the teaser (embedded below) is just comprised of footage from past installments and vague promises of "drama."
Let's not look a gift horse in the mouth, though. The important thing is that sometime in the near-ish future, we'll once again get to hear R. Kelly's dulcet tones narrating an elaborate psycho-sexual drama over the sounds of alternating chimes and raindrops. We all owe IFC an enormous debt of gratitude.