IFC Reveals Plans for More ‘Portlandia’ and ‘Closet’ Time With R. Kelly
Before you turn up your nose at the thought of the “Independent Film Channel” leaning on ads for support, be thankful the network has the ability to bring us a third season of ‘Portlandia’ and another installment of R.Kelly’s epic ‘Hiphopera,’ ‘Trapped in the Closet.’
IFC held its first ever upfront presentation today, an annual event where networks pitch their upcoming programming to advertisers. The indie-flavored cable network announced a third season of the quirky Portland-set comedy starring ‘SNL’s’ Fred Armisen and former Sleater-Kinney rocker, Carrie Brownstein, as well as a second season of the network’s look at the fascinating world of competitive beard growing, ‘Whisker Wars.’ And of course, there will be more of R. Kelly’s ‘Trapped in the Closet’ series.
The network also announced the premiere of several new comedies including unscripted talk show, ‘Comedy Big Bang,’ and game show, ‘Bunk,’ both of which will debut on June 8th.
Comedian and popular podcaster, Marc Maron gets his own series, tentatively titled, ‘Maron,’ which features Ed Asner as Maron’s dad and podcast guest, Ken Jeong playing himself. And on the animated end, IFC announced a new scripted comedy, the smalltown coming-of-age series, ‘Out There.’
With such a diverse array of programming, IFC is certainly living up to its slogan, “Always on. Slightly Off.”