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Coming Soon: IFC Renews The Onion News Network Plus So Much More

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Pardon me. We have some very exciting news and need everyone making that drumrolling sound on the table with pencils, pens, and hands and whatnot. All set? Okay, commence drumroll please. IFC is pleased to announce that we have renewed the Onion News Network for a second season. Or in the words of Brooke Alvarez, “The Onion News Network has allowed IFC to broadcast our programming for a second season. You’re welcome, huddled masses.” However you spin it, we are excited to have the best (only?) news network on cable on our air for another season. Now to borrow a line from the best late night infomercials, but wait, there’s more!

In addition, IFC has green lit four new original series: “Commercial Kings” from Reveille, “Young, Broke & Beautiful” produced by 44 Pictures, “Whisker Wars” produced by Thom Beers’ Original Productions, and “Bullet in the Face,” created and written by Alan Spencer. But don’t order yet, because for a limited time we are willing to double that offer and give you two Ginzu knives two more original series currently in development. We are working on an untitled variety show hosted by Comedy Death-Ray’s Scott Aukerman and “Pointless” created by Ethan Berlin and Eric Bryant, which came to IFC through the New York Television Festival.

What are these brilliant new shows we will soon be offering? Well they won’t whiten your whites or organize your closet, but we are pretty sure these shows will (sham) wow you.

Commercial Kings premieres Friday, June 24th at 10 p.m. Starring filmmakers and comedy duo Rhett McLaughlin and Link Neal, this docu-comedy series follows the pair as they travel across America, developing and producing commercials for local businesses. The show’s concept is based on Rhett and Link’s popular website,, which has made the duo an internet sensation with over 80 million views on YouTube.

Young, Broke & Beautiful premieres Friday, June 24th at 10:30 p.m. This is a travel show for a generation of alternative culture enthusiasts. Hosted by writer/blogger Stuart Schuffman, aka Broke-Ass Stuart, he travels the country and infiltrates the underground of American cities to find the hidden, cheap and carefully guarded secrets that aren’t in any guidebook.

Whisker Wars premieres Friday, August 5th at 10 p.m. As seen on our stage at SXSW, this docu-comedy set in the world of competitive facial hair growing profiles a group of men as they travel the country in search of top honors in a host of competitions, from the National Beard and Mustache Championship in Bend, OR to the World Competition in Norway.

Bullet in the Face will premiere in 2012 (before the world ends). Created, written and produced by Alan Spencer, “Bullet in the Face” is a scripted comedy series about a psychotic criminal-turned-cop after a jewelry heist goes terribly wrong. The new cop is forced to infiltrate his former gang where he embarks on a mission of revenge against not only old allies, but his new bosses and anyone else that looks at him the wrong way.

IFC’s Original Series in Development:

Untitled Scott Aukerman Variety Project will be based on the popular Comedy Death Ray podcast, but presented through a reinvigorated TV variety format for alt comedy fans.

Pointless is an improvisational comedy series featuring a rotating panel of three comedians who give their most creative, on-the-spot answers to a random selection of questions and win an assortment of crappy prizes. Created by Ethan T. Berlin and Eric Bryant and hosted by Kurt Braunohler, the show’s format satirizes classic game shows in what some might call an “anti game show” format.


Rev Up

Your Portlandia Personality Test

The New Portlandia Webseries Is Going Your Way

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Carrie and Fred understand that although we have so much in common, we’re each so beautifully unique and different. To help us navigate those differences, Portlandia has found an easy and honest way to embrace our special selves in the form of a progressive new traffic system: a specific lane for every kind of driver. It’s all in honor of the show’s 8th and final season, and it’s all presented by Subaru.

Ready to find out who you really are? Match your personality to a lane and hop on the expressway to self-understanding.

Lane 10: Trucks Piled With Junk

Your junk is falling out of your trunk. Shake a tail light, people — this lane is for you.

Lane 33: Twins

You’re like a Gemini, but waaaay more pedestrian. Maybe you and a friend just wear the same outfits a lot. Who cares, it’s just twinning enough to make you feel special.

Lane 27: Broken Windows

Bad luck follows you around and everyone knows it. Your proverbial seat is always damp from proverbial rain. Is this the universe telling you to swallow your pride? Yes.

Lane 69: Filthy Cars

You’re all about convenience. Getting your car washed while you drive is a no-brainer.

Lane 43: Newly Divorced Singles

It’s been a while since you’ve driven alone, and you don’t know the rules of the road anymore. What’s too fast? What’s too slow? Are you sending the right signals? Don’t worry, the breakdown lane is nearby if you need it.

Still can’t find a lane to match your personality? Check out all the videos here. And see the final season of Portlandia this spring on IFC.


Give Back

Last-Minute Holiday Gift Guide

Hits from the '80s are on repeat all Christmas Eve and Day on IFC.

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It’s the final countdown to Christmas and thanks to IFC’s movie marathon all Christmas Eve and Christmas Day, you can revel in classic ’80s films AND find inspiration for your last-minute gifts. Here are our recommendations, if you need a head start:

Musical Instrument

Great analog entertainment substitute when you refuse to give your kid the Nintendo Switch they’ve been drooling over.

Breakfast In Bed

Any significant other or child would appreciate these Uncle Buck-approved flapjacks. Just make sure you’re not stuck on clean up duty.

Cocktail Supplies

You’ll need them to get through the holidays.

Dance Lessons

So you can learn to shake-shake-shake (unless you know ghosts willing to lend a hand).

Comfy Clothes

With all the holiday meals, there may be some…embigenning.

Get even more great inspiration all Christmas Eve and Day on IFC, and remember…


A-O Rewind

Celebrating Portlandia One Sketch at a Time

The final season of Portlandia approaches.

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Most people measure time in minutes, hours, days, years…At IFC, we measure it in sketches. And nothing takes us way (waaaaaay) back like Portlandia sketches. Yes, there’s a Portlandia milepost from every season that changed the way we think, behave, and pickle things. In honor of Portlandia’s 8th and final season, Subaru presents a few of our favorites.


Put A Bird On It

Portlandia enters the pop-culture lexicon and inspires us to put birds on literally everything.

Colin the Chicken

Who’s your chicken, really? Behold the emerging locavore trend captured perfectly to the nth degree.

Dream Of The ’90s

This treatise on Portland made it clear that “the dream” was alive and well.

No You Go

We Americans spend most of our lives in cars. Fortunately, there’s a Portlandia sketch for every automotive situation.

A-O River!

We learned all our outdoor survival skills from Kath and Dave.

One More Episode

The true birth of binge watching, pre-Netflix. And what you’ll do once Season 8 premieres.

Catch up on Portlandia’s best moments before the 8th season premieres January 18th on IFC.