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R. Kelly has a new album out as Trapped in the Closet returns

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R. Kelly fans have a lot to look forward to. First, of course, there’s his return to the closet. Yeah, you know that he is working on a whole bunch of new chapters of his epic hip hopera Trapped in the Closet, which will premiere right here on this very channel this fall. Now comes the news that he is plotting an equally epic North American tour called, naturally, “The Single Ladies Tour.”

Plus, R. Kelly is working on some new musical material, which he promises will be less love and a lot more lust. Yeah, R. Kelly is back. “When you’ve done twentysomething years, man, of giving people what they want, and satisfying people — people like to say they’re making babies off your music, they’re doing all this — it makes me feel good, but at the same time, it makes me say, ‘OK, now it’s time to go and do something that’s in me that I want to do and get out,’” he said in an interview with the Washington Post. But now that he has the excellent, but lovey dovey “Write Me Back” and 2010’s “Love Letter” out of his system, Kells promises that the new album will mark a return to the Kells we know and love best, according to the AP story. “The name of my next album is Black Panties– that’s my next 12 Play” he said. “I’m going to have some fun on it.” Hells yeah, Kells.

While the singer writes new songs, he is also working on new material for Trapped in the Closet. He’s been filming in Chicago and told the AP that there are new characters and more surprises in store for fans, plus an explanation of what the mysterious “package” is (FINALLY!). Before the show returns this fall, take a stroll down memory lane and watch the first chapter, after the tour dates.

Here are R. Kelly’s Single Ladies Tour dates:

10-13 Columbia, SC – Township Auditorium
10-14 Birmingham, AL – BJCC Concert Hall
10-18 Atlanta, GA – Fox Theatre
10-21 Miami, FL – JL Knight Center
10-23 Memphis, TN – Orpheum Theater
10-25 Chicago, IL – Arie Crown Theatre
10-31 Oakland, CA – Paramount Theatre
11-02 Los Angeles, CA – Nokia Theatre LA Live
11-07 Houston, TX – Jones Hall
11-08 Dallas, TX – Verizon Theatre
11-10 Milwaukee, WI – Milwaukee Theatre
11-11 Cincinnati, OH – P&G Theatre: Aronoff
11-14 Louisville, KY – Palace Theater
11-15 St. Louis, MO – Fox Theatre
11-17 Detroit, MI – Fox Theatre
11-21 New York, NY – MSG Theatre
11-24 Washington, DC – Constitution Hall
11-27 Baltimore, MD – Lyric Theatre
11-29 Philadelphia, PA – Tower Theater
12-02 Columbus, OH – Veterans Memorial
12-06 Cleveland, OH – State Theater
12-07 Merrillville, IN – Star Plaza

Here’s the very first chapter of “Trapped in the Closet”:

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Trapped in the Closet returns to IFC this fall

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Inauguration Alternative

Bill Murray On Repeat

It's a movie "Murray-thon" all-day Friday on IFC.

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Democrats, Republicans and Millennials agree: 2017 is shaping up to be a spectacle — a spectacle that really kicks into high gear this Friday with the presidential inauguration. Not only will the new POTUS swear in, but all the Country’s highest offices will be filled. It’s a daunting prospect, and to feel a little anxious about it is only normal. But if your anxiety is snowballing into panic, we have a solution:
Bill Murray.

He’s the human embodiment of a mental “Happy Place”, and there’s really no problem he can’t solve. So, with that in mind, how about we all set aside reality for a moment and let Bill take the pain away by imagining a top-shelf White House cabinet filled exclusively by his signature characters. Here are a few hypothetical appointments for your consideration…

Secretary of Defense:
Bill Murray from Stripes

His incompetence is balanced by charm, and dumb luck is inexplicably on his side. America could do worse.

Secretary of State:
Bill Murray from Lost In Translation

A seasoned globetrotter steeped in regional traditions who has the respect of the whole wide world. And he kills Costello in karaoke, which is very important.

Press Secretary:
Bill Murray from Ghostbusters

“Cats and dogs, living together. Mass hysteria.” Dude knows how to brief a room.

Secretary of Health and Human Services:
Bill Murray from What About Bob.

A doctor-approved people person who knows that progress is measured in baby steps.

Secretary of Energy:
Bill Murray from Groundhog Day

Let’s be honest, this world is going to need a lot of do-overs.

Feeling better? Hold on to that bliss. And enjoy a healthy alternative to the inauguration brouhaha with multiple Murrays all Friday long in an IFC movie marathon including Kingpin, Zombieland, Ghostbusters, and Ghostbusters II.

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Hank Azaria Gets Thrown A Curve Ball

Brockmire Premieres April 5 at 10P

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Unless you’ve somehow missed every episode of the Simpsons since 1989, then surely you know that Hank Azaria is one of the most important character actors of our time. He’s so prolific and his voice is so dynamic that he’s responsible for more iconic personalities than most folks realize. Basically, he’s the great and powerful Oz — except that when you pull back the curtain the truth is actually more impressive. And now Hank is coming to IFC to bring yet another character to the TV pop culture hive mind in the new series Brockmire. Check out the trailer below.

Based on the following Funny or Die short and co-starring Amanda Peet, Brockmire follows the story of imploded major league sportscaster Jim Brockmire as he tries to resurrect his career by calling plays for a floundering minor league team in a podunk town.

The series is written by Joel Church-Cooper (Undateable) and produced by Funny or Die’s Mike Farah and Joe Farrell, meaning that there’s funny in front of the camera, funny behind the camera–funny all around. Sounds like a ball to us.

Brockmire premieres April 5 at 10P on IFC.

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Car Notes

Portlandia On People Who Can’t Park

Portlandia returns tonight at 10P on IFC.

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If flagrant bad parking takes nerve, then retaliatory note writing takes neuroses. Watch Fred and Carrie take passive aggression to next level in Car Notes, the new Portlandia web series presented by Subaru. The first episode is yours right here and now, and you can see every installment of Car Notes anytime online, on the IFC app and on demand.

Portlandia returns tonight at 10P on IFC.

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