We probably don’t need to tell you guys that Season 3 of Portlandia debuts on IFC on January 4 at 10/9c with back-to-back episodes. If you’re like us, then you’ve been counting the days and passing the time by revisiting some of Fred and Carrie’s most hilarious (not to mention spot-on) send-ups of life in Portland, OR — from the strange preoccupation with pickling to the proliferation of crafty Etsy types who’ll put a bird on anything. In anticipation of the big night, we compiled a supercut of Portlandia’s “Portlandiest” moments from the first two seasons of this brilliant sketch comedy series. Let us know in the comments if your favorite sketches made the cut! … Read More
Like many other former fans, I stopped watching The Simpsons sometime in the mid-2000s. It’s not that I think it’s uniformly terrible now — it’s still better than a whole lot of other shows on TV — or I’m boycotting it on principle. Hell, I even end up tuning in a few times per season, for a “Treehouse of Horror” or if someone I like is guest starring. But unlike its newish neighbor in Fox’s Sunday-night animation block, Bob’s Burgers, The Simpsons just can’t hold my attention anymore.
Sure, part of it is just that, a quarter-century into its run, the show rarely comes up with the kind of brilliantly loopy storylines that sustained it through the ’90s. What bothers me even more, though, is that a show that once had so many smart and original things to say about American culture has long seemed behind the times, its criticism mild and stale. In perhaps the most glaring example of this unfortunate trend, The Simpsons welcomed Portlandia stars Fred Armisen and Carrie Brownstein (as well as Patton Oswalt and, briefly, The Decemberists) to Springfield for an episode about hipsters. … Read More
We already know that Chloë Sevigny will be taking a break from her gory turn on American Horror Story to join the third season of Portlandia as Fred and Carrie’s roommate. EW is reporting that the Big Love actress will be in good company. Guest spots for the upcoming season will feature the likes of… Read More
We would have been happy to report one piece of good news about Portlandia, so you can imagine how overjoyed we are to have three. First things first: IFC has announced that the show’s third season will premiere January 4th at 10pm — just in time to cure your week-long New Year’s hangover. Chloë Sevigny, fresh off her terrifying American Horror Story turn, is set to guest star as Fred and Carrie’s roommate, and it wouldn’t be a season of Portlandia without everyone’s favorite mayor, Kyle MacLachlan.
And that’s not all! IFC will also air a special “Winter in Portlandia” episode December 14th at 10:30, which promises Christmas — sorry, non-denominational, optionally religious winter holiday — skits featuring Peter and Nance, the feminist bookstore ladies, and other familiar Portlandians. But don’t worry: if you still can’t imagine waiting another month to check in with Fred and Carrie, Portlandia has also just posted the season’s first preview clip. Watch “Meditation Crush” below. … Read More
In case you couldn’t tell, we’ve been having a difficult time dragging ourselves away from Twitter this morning. Since we’ve already brought you one of the strangest and most unpleasant celebrity reactions to the election, now seems like a good time to celebrate a tweet that lives at the intersection of people we… Read More
The Newsroom has received it’s fair share of flack for a number of reasons (misogyny, plagiarism, self-positioning, manipulative use of Coldplay), and when you boil all this unrest down you get one thing: pride. In today’s post-Sopranos world, the TV elite have high expectations for their shows, especially from networks — nay, institutions — like HBO. AMC has joined the ranks with Mad Men and Breaking Bad, and recent hits like Homeland and Louie have put Showtime and FX on a similar playing field. Broadcast networks continue to be game players, but finding their best shows requires some sifting, and then of course there’s an array of web platforms, like Hulu, that are serving up new series or exclusives that are actually good, if not great.
The point being, watching TV is now a great balancing act, one in which “the little guys” sometimes get overlooked. And understandably so, because y’all have actual lives in the living breathing world and important things to do. We, on the other hand, don’t, and therefore found the return of STARZ’s Boss to be the perfect pretext to highlight the networks that often get ignored in elite circles, or simply forgotten because they don’t stream their content for free. Not every show on this list is for everyone, and some are certainly more of an acquired taste, but perhaps you’ll find something to fill that tiny sliver of space you have in your nearly booked TV calendar. … Read More
There’s something you don’t know about Candace, the co-owner of Portlandia’s Women & Women First bookstore: She moonlights as a music journalist. And you know what? She’s kind of a big deal. In the clip below, Fred Armisen’s character interviews the one and only J. Mascis, of Dinosaur Jr. and an endless parade of side projects — a man who isn’t known for his enthusiasm for talking to the press. Next time we’re in a position to chat with a notoriously uncommunicative musician, we’ll be sure to embrace her technique and act even more awkward than he does. Hell, maybe we’ll even wear a gray wig and shout at passing cars. … Read More
It’s always sad to say good-bye to a favorite TV show when it goes on hiatus, but Portlandia’s seasons are so short that we especially dread waiting upwards of 40 weeks between the end of one cycle and the beginning of the next. So it’s especially exciting to learn that Carrie Brownstein and Fred Armisen’s hipster-skewering sketch series will be back this month, if only for a single hour. Portlandia: The Brunch Special, a behind-the-scenes look at the finale’s epic, city-spanning brunch line, will air July 20th on IFC. In addition to the on-set shenanigans, the special will include a detour into director Jonathan Krisel’s “quest to find the world’s most perfect marionberry pancakes” — a culinary tale hosted by Kyle MacLachlan and featuring appearances by none other than brunch expert Bobby Flay and Portlandia/SNL producer Lorne Michaels.
But that’s not even all the good news. Preceding the 11pm premiere of The Brunch Special, IFC will air Portlandia Mixtape Marathon an eight-episode block of fan favorites, which you can vote on at the show’s Facebook page. Hey, it may not be enough Toni and Candace to hold us over until January’s Season 3 premiere, but it’s a start. … Read More
What’s better than hearing road stories from the hilarious Carrie Brownstein, of Sleater-Kinney, Wild Flag, and Portlandia fame? Well, how about hearing road stories from an animated Carrie Brownstein? As the latest subject of Pitchfork’s “Frames” series, which creates animated shorts to accompany audio from interviews with the likes of GZA and Fucked Up, she takes on the mystique of afterparties — which, as she tells it, never seem to live up to the hype. The White Stripes make a cameo in the tale of one college party that kicked out Sleater-Kinney, but the real high point is a Wild Flag story that’s just too good to spoil. Watch Brownstein on “Frames,” after the jump. … Read More
ALF once said, “Public lawns are not like pizzas. You can’t just pick up the phone and order more.” It’s hard to ignore sage advice like this, so as a little inspiration for everyone this Earth Day, we’ve collected some of our favorite moments in TV’s ongoing environmental crusade—set to the tune of one of the greatest green episodes in history, Community‘s “Environmental Science,” featuring the rock band Greene Daye. Other appearances include: Captain Spock, Kristen Wiig, live-action dinosaurs, and Doogie Howser attending a very sick Mother Earth (played by Bette Midler in ABC’s unforgettable The Earth Day Special). Click through to watch our video, and let us know which “green” TV episode has been your own favorite in the comments! … Read More