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Award show blues.

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Teleprompter free.
Yesterday Michael Cieply and David Carr at the New York Times reported that the WGA had given the Golden Globes and the Oscars the cold shoulder, turning down requests to allow writers to work on the former and to air historical film clips during the latter, and preemptively deciding that, should the strike continue, members won’t be granted a waiver to write the cheery Academy Award show banter we all barely tolerate each year. "[A]s delicious as the prospect might be to people who have sat through punishing three-and-a-half hour Oscar broadcasts, a simple tick-tock of the names would not make for very compelling viewing," Cieply and Carr note. On the other hand, wouldn’t abandoning stars to ad-lib small talk make for the most wonderfully awkward viewing of all?

Lynn Elder at the AP reports today that the writer’s strike has claimed another award show victim, the People’s Choice Awards. We know, we know: Anything but the People’s Choice Awards! The ceremony will no longer be airing live but will taped, with "pre-recorded acceptance speeches by winners as well as their responses to questions sent in by fans." While last year’s big winner was "Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest," we have to give the PCAs one thing — there’s something artlessly honest about giving out prizes for "Favorite Movie," "Favorite Action Star" (with a separate category for "Favorite Movie Star," an interesting divide), et al., instead of the ever more presumptuous "Best."

Also: the SAG award nominations went up today and can be found here; we’re not the first to make this observation, and it’s not the first year it’s been made, but what a blah year for female lead roles.

+ Golden Globes and Oscars Are Drawn Into Strike (NY Times)
+ People’s Choice Awards Being Revamped (AP)

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The Best Of The Last

Portlandia Goes Out With A Bang

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The end is near. In mere days Portlandia wraps up its final season, and oh what a season it’s been. Lucky for you, you can watch the entire season right now right here and on the IFC app, including this free episode courtesy of Subaru.

But now, let’s take a moment to look back at some of the new classics Fred and Carrie have so thoughtfully bestowed upon us. (We’ll be looking back through tear-blurred eyes, but you do you.)

Couples Dinner

It’s not that being single sucks, it’s that you suck if you’re single.

Cancel it!

A sketch for anyone who has cancelled more appointments than they’ve kept. Which is everyone.

Forgotten America

This one’s a “Serial” killer…everything both right and wrong about true crime podcasts.

Wedding Planners

The only bad wedding is a boring wedding.

Disaster Hut

It’s only the end of the world if your doomsday kit doesn’t include rosé.

Catch up on Portlandia’s final episodes on demand and at

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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.

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Last-Minute Holiday Gift Guide

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

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