R. KELLY has released the 23rd chapter of "Trapped in the Closet" as a teaser for the next batch, which will be unleashed the day after Thanksgiving. It catches us up on what was happening when we left off, and hints at what's to come.
R. KELLY has released the 23rd chapter of his "hip-hopera" "Trapped in the Closet" as a teaser for the next batch, which will be unleashed the day after Thanksgiving.
--Chapter 23 catches us up on what was happening when we left off . . . but it's been five years since Chapters 13 through 22 were released . . . so you're probably going to need to re-watch some of the older episodes to refresh your memory.
--It also hints at what's to come . . . but it's mostly just R. Kelly sitting in a chair, reading an old-looking "Trapped in the Closet" storybook.
--Kelly sings, quote, "Well, if this hasn't taught you nothing else, it's taught you that everybody's got a closet, and their own problems that need solving . . . let me get back to the story, because these next chapters . . . are going to be so crazy."
--It's unclear how many new episodes will premiere on Black Friday . . . but Kelly recently said, quote, "We just shot 20 chapters . . . 'Trapped in the Closet' is forever. I've got, like, a hundred chapters to come."
--The new installments will premiere at 9:00 P.M. on IFC, after a two-hour special featuring the original chapters, "digitally re-mastered." (--Note: Like AMC, IFC is another network that's ticked off at DISH.)
(--"WARNING DISH SUBSCRIBERS: Dish has dropped IFC. If you are a DISH customer, you won't be able to watch "Trapped in the Closet" on TV! Call toll free 855-2-DROP-DISH or go to SwitchFromDish.com.") (???)
(--Or, you can just watch them online like you were going to anyway.)
(--Our take: He's STILL GOT IT! The whole vibe is back . . . the monotonous, dripping-kitchen-sink beat . . . the stream of consciousness storytelling . . . and as usual, everyone spends a TON of time on the phone . . .)
(--The intense, passionate verses relaying phone conversations are back . . . as are the demands asking people how they got this number . . . and people telling other people to hang up the phone. It's pretty great.)