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Spoiler Alert: Watch a new clip from season three of Portlandia, airing tonight at 10/9c

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You know how it is. You’re talking to a friend and they casually mention a major spoiler on your favorite TV show. This brand new sneak peek clip from season three of Portlandia, which returns to IFC this Friday, Jan 4 at 10/9c with two new back-to-back episodes, explores that universal, annoying phenomenon.

In this new clip, which you can see again during the second episode of Friday’s double dose of Portlandia, we see last season’s Battlestar Galactica obsessives Doug (Fred Armisen) and Claire (Carrie Brownstein) throw a dinner party and discuss some of TV’s hottest shows, including Breaking Bad, Game of Thrones, Mad Men, The Wire, and Homeland. Much to their friends’ chagrin, they can’t help but casually divulge some major spoiler alerts (you’ve been warned!)

In the third season of Portlandia, everyone’s favorite sketch comedy show features all your favorite Portlandia denizens, plus guest stars including Roseanne Barr (Roseanne), Matt Berry (The IT Crowd), Rose Byrne (Damages, Bridesmaids), band Dirty Projectors, Bill Hader (Saturday Night Live), Juliette Lewis (Conviction, Natural Born Killers), J Mascis (Dinosaur Jr.), tennis champion Martina Navratilova, Patton Oswalt (Young Adult), George Wendt (Cheers) and a few more surprise guests!

Watch the clip from season three of Portlandia, but you’ve been warned MAJOR SPOILERS:

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Portlandia returns to IFC on Friday, January 4th at 10/9c

Bill Murray in Ghostbusters II

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Ghostbusters II Predicted the World Will End on Valentine’s Day 2016

Catch Ghostbusters II this month on IFC. Provided the world doesn't end, of course.

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Far be it from us to contradict Mr. Bill Murray, but a prediction made in a scene from one of his films is about to be put to the test. If you remember Ghostbusters II, then you know that at the beginning of the film, retired ‘buster Peter Venkman is the host of a chat show called World of the Psychic. According to a guest on the show, the world will end on February 14th, 2016 — this Valentine’s Day.

Now, before you start looting, keep in mind the source of this information is a tad unreliable. Elaine (played by Sid and Nancy star Chloe Webb) sits with Venkman and relates how she received this intel from an alien who may or may not have disguised a UFO to look like a Holiday Inn in Paramus. Let’s just hope she misheard, otherwise there will be some awkward date nights this year.

Check out the grim prognostication in the clip below. Hopefully the world will still be here when Ghostbusters II airs Monday, Feb. 15th and throughout the month on IFC.

Spend New Year’s Eve in Portlandia

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You could spend New Year’s Eve separating the recycling or turning the compost pile or making jewelry or crafting artisanal knots. Or you could ring in the New Year with a 24-hour Portlandia marathon! Starting tonight at 6/5c we will be showing back-to-back episodes of Fred Armisen’s and Carrie Brownstein’s sketch comedy show, including the specials Inside Portlandia and Winter in Portlandia. It’s the perfect way to catch up on all the adventures of Peter and Nance, Toni and Candace, Kath and Dave and, of course, Fred, Carrie, the Mayor and all your favorite denizens of the city of Portlandia, plus the incredible guest stars, including Steve Buscemi, Andy Samberg, Tim Robbins, Kristen Wiig, and so many more. As we get ready for the third season of Portlandia to kick off on Friday, Jan. 4th at 10/9c, watch our 24-hour Portlandia marathon to remember where it all began and when you first heard “Put A Bird On It!” and “We Can Pickle That!” Auld Lang Syne and all that.

Go ahead and check into 24 hours of Portlandia at 6/5c:

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The new season of Portlandia starts Friday January 4 at 10/9c

Fred Armisen talks about the new season of Portlandia, airing tonight at 10/9c

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Last week, Fred Armisen and Carrie Brownstein debuted a brand-new holiday special, “Winter in Portlandia.” As fans clamor for more, on Friday Jan 4th at 10/9c, the much-anticipated third season of IFC’s original sketch comedy show, Portlandia, premieres. The show’s co-writer, co-creator, and co-star Fred Armisen, sat down for a lightning round of questions about the show.

What is the biggest difference in creating seasons one and three of Portlandia?

Season one was kind of like a camping trip. We just didn’t even know what we were, which isn’t a bad thing. We were just figuring out what we were. During the first season, we hadn’t worked with Jon much and we were just sorting ourselves out. By season three we were open with ourselves about what we wanted. This time around we wanted to do more stories that went from episode to episode.

There’s more of a story arc?

Yes, but we also knew to ask not just what is it, but what we want. In the beginning it was walking in the dark. Now, instead it’s more thoughtful. It’s “let’s try and go this direction. “

You have some amazing guest stars in season three including Roseanne Barr, Patton Oswalt, J Mascis, and more. Do you write parts for them specifically or just work them into stories?

It’s both. Sometimes we’ll write out a whole story and we’ll need someone to play a part, like an ex-girlfriend. All the people we picked were people we’re fans of. But then in like Patton Oswalt’s case we just liked him and wanted to fit him in. But with the ex-girlfriend we wanted someone a little crazy and a little …we really like her, but Juliette Lewis seems really explosive and we got in touch with her and asked her to play the part. And Patton we love and just had to work around his schedule.

Is it fun playing host to all these stars in Portland?

It is! They all come and start making comments about Portland. Patton was also doing stand up in town and ended up being there for a few days and he commented that he hadn’t seen anyone wearing a tie the whole time he was there.

How much of Gavhan Quinn is really you?

That’s my favorite character to do at the moment.

The studio tour scene with him in Winter in Portlandia was kind of amazing.

It’s very much a Chicago thing. So many guys I know in Chicago are like that. It’s like how guys in the 70s talked about cars all the time and now so many guys I know are talking about recording studios. Guys just sitting around talking about microphones.

Do you ever walk around in that wig and mustache?

Only at work, which is actually a lot of time, you know?

Is he the character you most relate to?

Yes, without a doubt. Although sometimes I relate to Peter, lately it’s Gavhan.

Are we going to see new characters in season three or have you found your cast?

There’s a few new ones definitely, but we also have a few characters that we really like and are getting to know.

Will the characters have grown at all during the hiatus? Or is it more of a “Seinfeld”-ian no hugs, no growing idea?

Oh they definitely have grown, but it’s less about them growing and more about us getting to know them.

What is it like to play an enhanced version yourself on the show? Is it strange?

It’s good, because I can edit who I am really am. So it’s a good way to work. It makes me look better than I am. I’m always wearing nice clothes, I have glasses and my hair looks nice.

When I asked which character you most related to, you didn’t choose that one.

I took that out of choices of characters. I made that one moot.

Does how you write things on SNL influence Portlandia and what can you do on Portlandia that you can’t on SNL?

I don’t really think about it when I’m writing. Whatever is in front of me is what I write for. If it’s February it ends up on SNL, if it’s June it ends up on Portlandia. They are both forgiving and gratifying. Portlandia has some stuff that can be really broad, even though it’s seen as subtle, and Saturday Night Live can be experimental, too.

Is there another Portlandia live show in the works?

Not at the moment. The timing worked out last year to do some touring to promote the show. We had a lot of fun, but the timing just isn’t there for a whole tour. Maybe we’ll do a one off.

You’ve done a television, a special, a live show and a book. Is a movie next? Or are you going Trapped in the Closet style and heading to Broadway?

I would really like to do a movie. Schedule-wise I don’t know when exactly, but I think it would be great to do a Portlandia movie. Some of my favorite television shows have done it and they’ve been great. Like Monty Python. I think it would be great.

You’ve mentioned schedule restrictions a few times in this chat. Obviously both you and Carrie have other day jobs, how hard is it to schedule around them?

In a positive way, it’s hard, but I like scheduling to be hard. There’s good results in that. When time is limited you really focus on things you want to do. If we do get to do a Portlandia tour it will be cities we really want to go to. Time restrictions are a good police officer for things we want to do.

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Portlandia returns to IFC on Friday, January 4th at 10/9c

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