‘Portlandia’ gets two more seasons on IFC
Fans of feminist bookstores, locally sourced beef and “Battlestar Galactica” rejoice! IFC’s comedy series “Portlandia” has been renewed for two more seasons.
The series, which stars Fred Armisen and Carrie Brownstein in a variety of roles representing the oddball residents of Portland, Ore., will get a fourth and fifth season of 10 half-hour episodes apiece, to air in early 2014 and 2015.
In its three seasons, “Portlandia” has picked up Peabody and WGA awards and been nominated for an Emmy for writing and directing in a variety series. It’s also seen a wide variety of guest stars, including Kyle MacLachlan, Jeff Goldblum, Rose Byrne, Patton Oswalt and tennis champion Martina Navratilova.
The news of two more years of “Portlandia” is good news for fans of Armisen, who quietly exited “Saturday Night Live” at the end of this season after 11 years with the show. Unlike other cast members, like Bill Hader or Kristin Wiig, who said goodbye in high style, there was no official announcement that Armisen would be moving on. Though his “Portlandia” collaborator Brownstein did tweet a farewell to Armisen’s “SNL” tenure shortly before his final show aired.
Armisen hasn’t gone too far out on his own, however. “SNL” creator Lorne Michaels serves as one of “Portlandia’s” executive producers.
In a statement, IFC president and general manager Jennifer Caserta said, “‘Portlandia’ has celebrated sustainable local agriculture, underemployment, avian crafting, gender politics, intense bicycle messengers and so much more. We can now celebrate two more seasons.”
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