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'Portlandia's Season 5 Trailer Features Paul Reubens, Jeff Goldblum, Olivia Wilde, and More

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brightcove.createExperiences();Portlandia returns for a fifth season on IFC January 8th at 10:00pm, and the network released the first (and super epic) season trailer today. A ton of guests are slated to show up throughout the season, including a bunch of returning stars (Vanessa Bayer, Jeff Goldblum, Kumail Nanjiani, Steve Buscemi, Olivia Wilde, Kyle MacLachlan, Ed Begley Jr.) and some newcomers too (Seth Meyers, Matt Groening, Shepard Fairey, Greta Gerwig, Peter Giles, Paul Reubens, Parker Posey, Paul Simon, Brigitte Nielsen, Natasha Lyonne, Anna Gunn, Justin Long, and even Oscar the Grouch).

Carrie Brownstein on the Multidimensional Feminism of 'Portlandia'

"The fact that people go to Portland to visit a tiny feminist bookstore—no matter what the impetus is for them getting there—the fact that they go in there and look around and shop for books or stationery or whatever, is a major source of pride for me."

- Carrie Brownstein examines the ways that Portlandia — which is currently filming its fifth season — has celebrated the many facets of feminism in a new interview with Bust.

Fred Armisen and Carrie Brownstein Talk 'Portlandia' on 'Late Night'

The bandleader turned into the celebrity guest on last night's Late Night. Portlandia superstars Fred Armisen and Carrie Brownstein sat down with Meyers to talk about how they create their characters and sketch ideas, Carrie's sociolinguistics expertise, and why watching another couple eat pasta is the equivalent of porn. They also set a very steep requirement for Portland's new mayor, who said he wants to appear in a "really edgy" Portlandia sketch.

There Will Be a 'Portlandia' Cookbook

Get ready for what is probably the first cookbook based on a sketch comedy show. Fred Armisen and Carrie Brownstein have signed a deal to write a Portlandia cookbook, Publishers Marketplace reports. Aptly titled The Portlandia Cookbook, it'll feature 50 recipes that are included in storylines in the show as well as incorporating the IFC sketch show's characters, some stories, and some sidebars. The cookbook is set for a spring 2015 release, while Portlandia is due to return for its fourth season on February 27th. This is the second Portlandia book following 2012's Portlandia: A Guide for Visitors, written by Armisen and Brownstein. IFC renewed the show [...]

IFC Renews 'Portlandia' for Two More Seasons

IFC announced today that they've renewed Portlandia for a fourth and fifth season. Each will consist of 10 episodes each. With Fred Armisen's recent departure from SNL, he'll now have more time to devote to the series, which is the flagship show of IFC's recent original comedy push. It's no surprise that IFC execs are high on Portlandia considering it scores high ratings and has won the network an Emmy, a WGA Award, and a Peabody. The fourth and fifth seasons of the show are expected to premiere in early 2014 and early 2015.

Fred and Carrie Go Goth in This 'Portlandia' Season 5 Preview

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// Fred Armisen and Carrie Brownstein's hit IFC show Portlandia returns in January with a ton of great guest stars, but in the meantime the network released this very Halloween-themed sneak peek featuring Fred and Carrie as a death-loving goth couple who set up their wills and super spooky funeral services.

Fred and Carrie Go Big and Broad in Season 4 of 'Portlandia'

"I'm tired! My dogs are barking, my calves are mooing, can't you hear them?"

2014 has so far been a particularly explosive year for sketch shows, with Inside Amy Schumer delivering up consistently fantastic takes on feminism and double standards while Broad City came on the scene and threw down a nearly perfect debut season with great writing and physical humor. To say the least, it's left Portlandia with a lot of competition as far as nailing the troubled quirky youthful indie heart of modern urban life, but Fred and Carrie aren't the same ThunderAnt-fresh underdogs they were in 2011 — the show's a hit, and IFC [...]

Fred and Carrie Up Their Game for the Fourth Season of 'Portlandia'

It's almost hard to believe that the once-underdog IFC show Portlandia is now chugging along into its fourth season on the air with a fifth already ordered by the network. The risk taken in airing what at first seemed too referentially and culturally micro-specific for the masses has paid off for IFC, Fred Armisen, and Carrie Brownstein, and that's apparent during at least the first few episodes of the new season that premieres tonight at 10:00PM. Before, Portlandia's main fight was to keep sustaining itself as funny, inventive, and accessible, but the new season feels less like a scrappy struggle and more like a victory lap.

Fred and Carrie Announce Season 4 of 'Portlandia'

What's more Portlandia than teasing the season 4 premiere of the show via Instagram? Fred Armisen, Carrie Brownstein, and crew posted this clip this morning to announce the show's return to IFC on Thursday, February 27th at 10:00PM. Along with the announcement comes a huge list of new and returning guests including Vanessa Bayer, Kirsten Dunst, k.d. lang, Maya Rudolph, Dan Savage, Olivia Wilde, Steve Buscemi, Nick Swardson, Gus Van Sant, Jeff Goldblum, Jeff Tweedy, Kumail Nanjiani, and of course Kyle MacLachlan as the mayor.

Watch a Nice Long Interview with 'Portlandia's Fred Armisen and Carrie Brownstein

Here's an hour-long interview with Portlandia duo Fred Armisen and Carrie Brownstein from last year that was just uploaded online today. The discussion was moderated by serious moderator Julie Klausner and recorded at the Paley Center last year. Armisen and Brownstein talk in depth about the show, music, and how Saddam Hussein brought them together.

'Portlandia's Fifth Season to Feature Matt Groening, Jane Lynch, Paul Reubens, and More

Portlandia's fifth season doesn't premiere until next year, but over the past few weeks Carrie Brownstein has been posting some pictures from the set on Instagram that reveal at least a few of the stars set to make guest appearances throughout the season. In addition to Portlandia regular Jeff Goldblum, the revealed guest stars include Orange Is the New Black's Natasha Lyonne, Olivia Wilde, Jane Lynch, Matt Groening, and Paul Reubens. Click through to check out some of Brownstein's sneak peeks from the set.

Fred Armisen and Carrie Brownstein Love 'Spinal Tap'

"When we were writing Portlandia, I once had this idea of doing something with a whole bunch of bass players together, but it was like, 'Oh, well, I guess Spinal Tap already did that with their all-bass band.' And I was like, 'I can’t believe that in 2012 we still have to measure ourselves against Spinal Tap.' But we still do. There are still things that you can’t do because they did it."

- Fred Armisen in an interview he and Portlandia cohort Carrie Brownstein did for The Dissolve, entirely focused on their love of This Is Spinal Tap.

Here's a New 'Portlandia' Sketch and Web Series

Season 4 of Portlandia is set to debut on IFC Thursday, February 27th, and here's the first sketch IFC has released from the new season. The sketch has also inspired a Portlandia web series called Prairie Home Companion Tailgating, all of which you can check out below. Guests on the upcoming season of Portlandia include Vanessa Bayer, Kirsten Dunst, k.d. lang, Maya Rudolph, Dan Savage, Olivia Wilde, Steve Buscemi, Nick Swardson, Gus Van Sant, Jeff Goldblum, Jeff Tweedy, Kumail Nanjiani, and the return of Kyle MacLachlan as the Mayor of Portland.

The FBI Is Using a 'Portlandia' Sketch in Intelligence Classes

The FBI is using a sketch from IFC's Portlandia in its training program, according to The Hollywood Reporter. An instructor at the FBI Academy in Virginia approached the show's producers in April to request to use the "Sanitation Twins" sketch from the second season, in which Fred Armisen and Carrie Brownsein play a brother and sister educating the public on recycling. "This falls under the surreal category," Brownstein says. "We granted permission, although he didn't tell us why he was interested … Maybe they're just making fun of us?" The instructor asked to use the sketch for the FBI's advanced intelligence classes, which cover espionage, terrorism, IP theft, and [...]