Portlandia

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IFC Renews Portlandia For Two More Seasons

Fred Armisen

IFC has renewed Portlandia for two more seasons, the network announced on Wednesday.

"Portlandia has celebrated sustainable local agriculture, underemployment, avian crafting, gender politics, intense bicycle messengers and so much more," Jennifer Caserta, president and general manager of IFC, said in a statement.  "We can now celebrate two more seasons."

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The comedy series is created and written by SNL's Fred Armisen and Carrie Brownstein, who also star in the show. Filmed and set in Portland, Ore., each episode features sketches with Armisen and Brownstein playing different characters. Guest stars over the years have included Kyle MacLachlan, Chloë Sevigny, Jeff Goldblum, Roseanne Barr, Patton Oswalt, and Andy Samberg.

Seasons 4 and 5 will each feature 10 half-hour episodes and premiere in early 2014 and early 2015, respectively.

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The Mindy Project Casts American Horror Story Alum as Danny's Ex-Wife

Chloe Sevigny

There's nothing scarier than an ex-wife. Unless that ex-wife also once played the resident nymphomaniac on American Horror Story.

Chloe Sevigny has been cast on The Mindy Project for a multi-episode arc as Danny's ex-wife, Christina, TVLine reports.

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Breaking Bad, Louie Top 2013 Writers Guild Award TV Winners

Bryan Cranston

Breaking Bad and Louie topped the TV categories at the 2013 Writers Guild Awards, while Argo and Zero Dark Thirty were victorious in the film categories.

Breaking Bad was named best drama series for the second year in a row, beating former winner Mad Men, which won... read more

As More Networks Develop Series, Is There Too Much TV?

Kevin Spacey

TV viewers have never had it so good — or maybe they have it too good. There's never been more original programming to navigate than at this very moment. Take Sunday nights: Even with the NFL season over, viewing options include The Good Wife (CBS), The Walking Dead (back Feb. 10 on AMC), Girls (HBO), Shameless (Showtime), Downton Abbey (PBS), Family Guy (Fox), Revenge (ABC) and Kourtney and Kim Take Miami (E!). And that's just in one timeslot: 9/8c.

That's a lot of DVR space being filled up week in and week out with must-see shows. "There's definitely more programming that I'm interested in watching than I can actually consume," says Showtime Entertainment president David Nevins.

According to FX Networks president John Landgraf, there were just 35 scripted shows on cable when The Shield premiered 11 years ago; now that number is up to... read more

Top Videos: Jennifer Aniston Gives Jimmy Kimmel a Haircut, James Franco Imitates Justin Bieber

Anderson Cooper

This week, Jimmy Kimmel made an impressive debut in his new 11:35 p.m. timeslot (despite the fact that Jennifer Aniston destroyed his set), James Franco lips-ynced to Justin Bieber and filmed it, celebrities read mean tweets about themselves, and Al Roker admitted to pooping his pants. In non-celebrity news, a soldier dressed up like Spider-man to surprise his son, an amateur duo performed a rap medley in their underwear, and a bunch of fast food workers were scared out of their wits by what appeared to be an in invisible driver. Check out these clips and more in this week's Top Videos.

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Watch My Show: Portlandia's Fred Armisen Answers Our Showrunner Survey

Fred Armisen

The dream of the '90s continues to thrive on Portlandia, the sketch comedy series from Fred Armisen and Carrie Brownstein that's back for a third season on IFC (Fridays 10/9c). Armisen has spent the past 11 years as a member of the Saturday Night Live ensemble, while Brownstein is best known as a member of indie rock groups Sleater-Kinney and Wild Flag. But during their off months, the comedy partners have created a whole new world of quirky characters, from militant bike messengers to feminist bookstore owners. Armisen answered our showrunner survey to explain why you should make a visit to Portlandia.

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Weekend Playlist: Downton Abbey, Lifetime's Amish Murder, Portlandia, and More

Shirley Maclaine, Maggie Smith

Downton Abbey survived World War I. But can the country manor weather the latest skirmish, a below-stairs battle between those scheming servants O'Brien and Thomas?

That's just one of the many entertaining questions and diverting dilemmas presented by the long-awaited — and well worth the wait — third season of this Masterpiece Classic addiction, which returns like a delicious if bittersweet bonbon. (And how I hope you've kept the blinders on regarding the many spoilers issuing from across the pond during the recent U.K. telecast.)

"No family is ever what it seems from the outside," muses the formidable Dowager Countess (the peerless Maggie Smith) during one of the many crises that beset the Crawleys and their loyal servants over the next seven Sundays (PBS, check tvguide.com listings). read more

Top Videos of the Week: "One Pound Fish," Portlandia Spoilers, Betty White's "Gangnam Style"

Betty White, Psy

This week, Betty White did "Gangnam Style" and a Pakistani man turned selling fish in a London market into a YouTube pop sensation. Plus, check out a spoiler-filled sneak peek at the upcoming season of Portlandia, as well as a montage of the Worst Movies of 2012 reviewing themselves.

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Portlandia Announces Season 3 Guest Stars

Carrie Brownstein and Fred Armisen

Portlandia is quickly becoming to go-to spot for Hollywood stars.

Joining Fred Armisen and Carrie Brownstein in IFC's off-beat sketch comedy for Season 3 season are... read more

The Good Wife Books Kyle MacLachlan for Multiple Episodes

Kyle MacLachlan

Talk about a fast recovery!

After co-starring on the first casualty of the fall season — RIP Made in Jersey!Kyle MacLachlan has rebounded with a multi-episode arc on CBS' other legal drama... read more

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Premiered: January 21, 2011, on IFC
Rating: TV-14
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Premise: Comic vignettes chronicle the lives of various offbeat fictional characters in Portland, Ore.

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