It’s time to get weird again — but in a totally organic way — as eco-friendly sketch series Portlandia, handcrafted by Fred Armisen and Carrie Brownstein, returns for a third season tonight at 10 p.m. on IFC. What can we expect from this new batch of episodes set in the progressive Pacific Northwest city? Armisen invokes the Police’s discography as metaphor. “Whereas the first season was very Outlandos d’Amour, and the second was Reggatta De Blanc,” he notes, “this is definitely Zenyatta Mondatta.” Let’s not stand so close to him so he has the room and the freedom to deliver 15 esoteric clues about season 3. READ FULL STORY »
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Roseanne Barr may have fallen short in her bid to become the next President of the United States, but on IFC’s sketch series Portlandia, the comedienne will serve as the city’s highest-ranking public official — at least briefly. “The mayor of Portland (Kyle MacLachlan) disappears, and through a temp agency, she fills in as mayor,” teases series co-creator/star Fred Armisen of her two-episode stint, which airs on Jan. 25 and Feb. 1. “She does things in the most efficient way. Because the character didn’t grow up in Portland, she doesn’t have the same understanding of how things go. She’s more like, ‘Look, this is a city, so we have to do those things that cities do.’ We wanted an outsider to come in and say, ‘What is this place?’” READ FULL STORY »
Have you ever been at a dinner where everyone is watching the same show – Breaking Bad, say, or Homeland — but nobody wants to talk about it, because they’re all catching up on DVR or Netflix or DVD, and the mere possibility of getting a minor plot point spoiled is enough to send a grown human person into hysterics? Well, a clip from the new season of Portlandia takes that situation to the logical extreme, as series stars Fred Armisen and Carrie Brownstein host a dinner party and wind up spoiling essentially everything that can be spoiled. Downton Abbey, Breaking Bad, Boy Meets World, and Chinatown all feature prominently — and “Michael C. Hall in the van!” counts double for Dexter and Six Feet Under — but most of these spoilers are actually pretty vague. With one noteworthy exception: If you haven’t seen all five seasons of The Wire, you probably shouldn’t watch this clip. YOU HAVE BEEN WARNED! Watch below: READ FULL STORY »
The Pacific Northwest is about to receive a healthy influx of talent from Hollywood. Season 3 of Portlandia, IFC’s quirky sketch comedy starring Fred Armisen and Carrie Brownstein, will feature guest spots by Roseanne Barr, Juliette Lewis, Patton Oswalt, Rose Byrne, George Wendt, Armisen’s SNL castmates Bill Hader and Bobby Moynihan, Jim Gaffigan, Matt Berry, Matt Lucas, J Mascis, Dirty Projectors, and, yes, tennis legend Martina Navratilova. READ FULL STORY »
Fred and Carrie are getting a new roommate.
Academy Award nominee Chloe Sevigny is joining the cast of Portlandia for the hipster comedy’s third season. The Big Love alum will play Alexandra, a Portlandite who moves in with Fred Armisen and Carrie Brownstein’s characters (who, naturally, are named Fred and Carrie).
Sevigny follows in the footsteps of actors like Jeff Goldblum, Kristen Wiig, and Tim Robbins, all of whom appeared in Portlandia‘s second season. Kyle MacLauchlan will reprise his role as the mayor of Portland in Season 3 as well.
Sevigny will also appear on American Horror Story: Asylum this fall as a character named Shelly the Nymphomaniac.
Portlandia‘s third season premieres in January 2013 on IFC.
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Game of Thrones, Homeland, and The Colbert Report were among the winners at the 71st-annual Peabody Awards, announced this morning by the University of Georgia’s Grady College of Journalism and Mass Communication. “The range of the Peabody Awards’ search for excellence has never been wider or deeper than this year,” said Horace Newcomb, Director of the Peabody Awards, in a statement. See the winners, recognized for their achievement in electronic media, below:
Fred Armisen and Carrie Brownstein have certainly done their part to put Portland on the map. To say thank you, the mayor — guest star Kyle MacLachlan (Desperate Housewives, Sex and the City) — asks the pair to brunch. So get your yellow helmet ready and bike on over to IFC to watch the finale this Friday.
Logo’s NewNowNext Awards don’t air until April 9 on the cable network, but EW has exclusively learned the roster of nominees for the fifth annual event, which showcases who and what are on the verge of a pop culture explosion in 2012.
Nominees range from Revenge‘s Emily VanCamp and Parenthood‘s Michael B. Jordan in the Next Mega Star category to Jessie J and FUN. in the Brink-of-Fame: Music Artist category to Magic Mike and Snow White & The Huntsman in the Next Must-See Movie category.
The 90-minute show will be taped in front of a live studio audience at the Avalon in Hollywood on April 5. Performers, presenters, and special guests will be announced in the coming weeks. Starting today, the public can vote for the awards on Logo’s NewNowNext website. Check out all the nominees here:
Remember the ’90s? Grunge style and slouchy socks, Starter jackets and eyebrow piercings? Yeah, we’re not talking about those ’90s. In this exclusive clip from the new episode of IFC’s Portlandia, Fred Armisen and Carrie Brownstein (as characters Jason and Melanie) take a trip in their magical Portland time machine to the 1890s…a world full of muttonchops and pickling and knitting. Hmm… sounds a little familiar. Check out the exclusive musical clip after the jump.
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