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Thursday, July 19, 2007

IFC is making a push into originals, acquiring R. Kelly's music-world sensation "Trapped in the Closet" and collaborating with the artist on 10 new episodes.

The net is expected to announce at its TCA session this weekend that it will air the original 12 episodes of the series, which became a viral hit on the Internet after radio stations began playing the audio version in 2005. The entire 22-episode run will also stream on

Series, which Kelly wrote and toplines, centers on the romantic and other trials of a character named Sylvester. "Trapped" is an early entry in a genre known as hip-hopera -- a rock opera with hip-hop themes. [READ MORE]