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Listen to R. Kelly’s new song “Feeling Single”

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We’re all looking for ways to kill time until R. Kelly’s “Trapped in the Closet: The Next Installment” comes to IFC in winter 2012. Even R. Kelly himself is keeping himself busy by putting out new and, shall we say, completely freaking awesome songs. Now via the magic of the series of pipes and tubes and hamsters on wheels that make the internet we get to listen to his new single aptly named “Feeling Single” while R. Kelly is still trapped in the closet, alone, apparently.

Listen to the new track here:

If for some reason you missed the news: “Trapped in the Closet” is back! Yep, multi-platinum recording artist R. Kelly’s show will be back on IFC with all new chapters in Winter 2012. The show defies categorization being part contemporary movie musical, part urban soap opera, part epic music video, part independent film, and part tabloid story. The series is full of suspense, mystery, drama and packed with unexpected twists and turns. 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 coming 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. Watch the trailer and stay tuned:

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“Trapped in the Closet: The Next Installment” comes to IFC in winter 2012

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As the Spoof Turns

15 Hilarious Soap Opera Parodies

Catch the classic sitcom Soap Saturday mornings on IFC.

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The soap opera is the indestructible core of television fandom. We celebrate modern series like The Wire and Breaking Bad with their ongoing storylines, but soap operas have been tangling more plot threads than a quilt for decades. Which is why pop culture enjoys parodying them so much.

Check out some of the funniest soap opera parodies below, and be sure to catch Soap Saturday mornings on IFC.

1. Mary Hartman, Mary Hartman

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Mary Hartman, Mary Hartman was a cult hit soap parody from the mind of Norman Lear that poked daily fun at the genre with epic twists and WTF moments. The first season culminated in a perfect satire of ratings stunts, with Mary being both confined to a psychiatric facility and chosen to be part of a Nielsen ratings family.


2. IKEA Heights

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IKEA Heights proves that the soap opera is alive and well, even if it has to be filmed undercover at a ready-to-assemble furniture store totally unaware of what’s happening. This unique webseries brought the classic formula to a new medium. Even IKEA saw the funny side — but has asked that future filmmakers apply through proper channels.


3. Fresno

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When you’re parodying ’80s nighttime soaps like Dallas and Dynasty , everything about your show has to equally sumptuous. The 1986 CBS miniseries Fresno delivered with a high-powered cast (Carol Burnett, Teri Garr and more in haute couture clothes!) locked in the struggle for the survival of a raisin cartel.


4. Soap

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Soap was the nighttime response to daytime soap operas: a primetime skewering of everything both silly and satisfying about the source material. Plots including demonic possession and alien abduction made it a cult favorite, and necessitated the first televised “viewer discretion” disclaimer. It also broke ground for featuring one of the first gay characters on television in the form of Billy Crystal’s Jodie Dallas. Revisit (or discover for the first time) this classic sitcom every Saturday morning on IFC.


5. Too Many Cooks

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Possibly the most perfect viral video ever made, Too Many Cooks distilled almost every style of television in a single intro sequence. The soap opera elements are maybe the most hilarious, with more characters and sudden shocking twists in an intro than most TV scribes manage in an entire season.


6. Garth Marenghi’s Darkplace

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Garth Marenghi’s Darkplace was more mockery than any one medium could handle. The endless complications of Darkplace Hospital are presented as an ongoing horror soap opera with behind-the-scenes anecdotes from writer, director, star, and self-described “dreamweaver visionary” Garth Marenghi and astoundingly incompetent actor/producer Dean Learner.


7. “Attitudes and Feelings, Both Desirable and Sometimes Secretive,” MadTV

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Soap opera connoisseurs know that the most melodramatic plots are found in Korea. MADtv‘s parody Tae Do  (translation: Attitudes and Feelings, Both Desirable and Sometimes Secretive) features the struggles of mild-mannered characters with far more feelings than their souls, or subtitles, could ever cope with.


8. Twin Peaks

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Twin Peaks, the twisted parody of small town soaps like Peyton Place whose own creator repeatedly insists is not a parody, has endured through pop culture since it changed television forever when it debuted in 1990. The show even had it’s own soap within in a soap called…


9. “Invitation to Love,” Twin Peaks

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Twin Peaks didn’t just parody soap operas — it parodied itself parodying soap operas with the in-universe show Invitation to Love. That’s more layers of deceit and drama than most televised love triangles.


10. “As The Stomach Turns,” The Carol Burnett Show

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The Carol Burnett Show poked fun at soaps with this enduring take on As The World Turns. In a case of life imitating art, one story involving demonic possession would go on to happen for “real” on Days of Our Lives.


11. Days of our Lives (Friends Edition)

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Still airing today, Days of Our Lives is one of the most famous soap operas of all time. They’re also excellent sports, as they allowed Friends star Joey Tribbiani to star as Dr Drake Ramoray, the only doctor to date his own stalker (while pretending to be his own evil twin). And then return after a brain-transplant.

And let’s not forget the greatest soap opera parody line ever written: “Come on Joey, you’re going up against a guy who survived his own cremation!”


12. Acorn Antiques

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First appearing on the BBC sketch comedy series Victoria Wood As Seen on TV, Acorn Antiques combines almost every low-budget soap opera trope into one amazing whole. The staff of a small town antique store suffer a disproportional number of amnesiac love-triangles, while entire storylines suddenly appear and disappear without warning or resolution. Acorn Antiques was so popular, it went on to become a hit West End musical.


13. “Point Place,” That 70s Show

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In a memorable That ’70s Show episode, an unemployed Red is reduced to watching soaps all day. He becomes obsessed despite the usual Red common-sense objections (like complaining that it’s impossible to fall in love with someone in a coma). His dreams render his own life as Point Place, a melodramatic nightmare where Kitty leaves him because he’s unemployed. (Click here to see all airings of That ’70s Show on IFC.)


14. The Spoils of Babylon

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Bursting from the minds of Will Ferrell and creators Andrew Steele and Matt Piedmont, The Spoils of Babylon was a spectacular parody of soap operas and epic mini-series like The Thorn Birds. Taking the parody even further, Ferrell himself played Eric Jonrosh, the author of the book on which the series was based. Jonrosh returned in The Spoils Before Dying, a jazzy murder mystery with its own share of soapy twists and turns.

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15. All My Children Finale, SNL

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SNL‘s final celebration of one of the biggest soaps of all time is interrupted by a relentless series of revelations from stage managers, lighting designers, make-up artists, and more. All of whom seem to have been married to or murdered by (or both) each other.

Exclusive premiere: CHAPPO “Hell No” [NSFW]

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CHAPPO’s psych pop gets served up by a wild bunch of crazies and some of the most troubling orifices ever imagined in this NSFW casting call directed by Ghost+Cow (Brandon LaGanke & John Carlucci). You’ll have to see for yourself, mindful of squeamish coworkers and children/parents, because no amount of confetti will obscure these curious balloons.

The Brooklyn four piece is releasing their debut full length, “Moonwater,” on May 15th via Majordomo Records. It follows their commercially successful EP’s “Plastique Universe” and “Plastique Universe II: Pisces Princess.”

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CHAPPO kicks off an album tour tomorrow, and will be touring with of Montreal over the summer.

05/15 – New York, NY @ Dominion NY*
05/18 – Los Angeles, CA @ Bootleg Bar*
05/21 – Los Angeles, CA @ Bardot (School Night)
05/23 – San Francisco, CA @ Brick & Mortar
05/26 – Burlington, VT @ Higher Ground Lounge
05/27 – Boston, MA @ T. T. the Bear’s
05/30 – Philadelphia, PA @ The Fire
05/31 – Washington, DC @ DC-9
06/01 – Chapel Hill, NC @ Local 506
06/02 – Atlanta, GA @ Vinyl
06/04 – Baton Rouge, LA @ Spanish Moon
06/06 – New Orleans, LA @ Howlin’ Wolf Den
06/08 – Manchester, TN @ BONNAROO (Cafe Stage)
06/10 – Manchester, TN @ BONNAROO (Sonic Stage)
06/12 – Charlotte, NC @ Neighborhood Theater**
06/13 – Richmond, VA @ The National**
06/14 – Baltimore, MD @ Recher Theater**
06/17 – Pittsburgh, PA @ Altar**
06/18 – Pontiac, MI @ Crofoot Ballroom**
06/19 – Covington, KY @ Madison Theatre**
06/20 – Nashville, TN @ Cannery Ballroom**
06/23 – Cincinnati, OH @ MOTR Pub
06/25 – Des Moines, IA @ Wooly’s
06/26 – Chicago, IL @ Subterranean
06/28 – Milwaukee, WI @ SUMMERFEST

* = official Album Release Show
** = support for Of Montreal

 

How do you like them apples? Let us know in the comments below or on Twitter or Facebook!

‘Bunk’ host Kurt Braunohler knows stuff

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We are very excited about “Bunk.” But as it’s our first foray into the cut-throat world of game shows, we wouldn’t put just anyone at the helm of “Bunk”. No, no, we want only the best captain guiding our new comedy show through the treacherous currents of the game show world. Seriously, Pat Sajak will cut you. And Alex Trebek? You don’t want to know how many kings were toppled as he maneuvered to take control of “Jeopardy.”

That’s why we’re so happy to have Kurt Braunohler hosting “Bunk.” You see, Kurt Braunohler knows stuff. He knows stuff about animals, but that’s not all. He also knows stuff about America. Watch this informative video and you’ll know that “Bunk” is in the right hands of someone 100% completely qualified to judge it:

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“Bunk” premieres on IFC on June 8th at 10:30 p.m. ET

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