'Trapped in the Closet' will be back on IFC in 2014

R. Kelly, left, and Eric Lane in a scene from "Trapped in the Closet." Kelly's hip-hopera is returning to IFC in 2014 with additional installments. (Parrish Lewis / IFC)

R. Kelly’s “Trapped in the Closet” is back, again. The singer’s campy hip-hopera will return to IFC  next year with additional installments, the cable network said Tuesday.

Although a premiere date or number of episodes hasn't been announced, the network is already celebrating with a marathon of the previous 33 chapters of the series set for Saturday (episodes are also available for streaming).

The hip-hopera originally began as a five-video series to accompany the melodramatic segment of songs on his 2005 disc, “TP.3 Reloaded.” A bizarre and complex storyline featuring sexual exploits, little people, gossipy drama and Kelly playing multiple characters, "Trapped in the Closet" became a cult hit after it was released.

Fan demand made the singer continue to add chapters and roll out the accompanying videos on DVD. Subsequent installments started airing on IFC and streamed on the network’s website in 2007.

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Early last year, Kelly and the network announced that they had reunited to produce even more episodes of the saga. Those episodes premiered in November 2012.

Aside from starring as many of the screwy characters in the absurdly hilarious “Trapped” universe, Kelly serves as the executive producer, writer and co-director of the series.

Never seen any of the salacious drama, singsong monologues or hilarious antics from Sylvester, Twan and Pimp Lucius? Watch Chapter 1 below:

 

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