IFC has greenlit “Portlandia,” an original comedy series that lovingly
skewers illustrates the people and values of Portland, Ore. We’re guessing a lot of recycling, rain gear, and coffee drinking will be happening.
Fred Armisen of “Saturday Night Live” fame and Carrie Brownstein, the vocalist/guitarist from Portland band Sleater-Kinney, will star in the series, alongside guest stars Kyle “Twin Peaks” MacLachlan and Aubrey Plaza from “Parks and Recreation”.
In the series’ premiere, viewers will meet the owners of a feminist book store; a militant bike messenger; an artsy couple who put cut-outs of birds on everything; and a punk rock couple negotiating a “safe word” to help govern their love life. All presented with the trademark humor found in Carrie Brownstein and Fred Armisen’s previous work. Yeah, we’re talking about their brilliant collaboration Thunderant.
Armisen and Brownstein write the series with Allison Silverman from “The Colbert Report” and Jonathan Krisel of “SNL” and “Tim and Eric”, who is also the series’ director. The series is executive produced by Lorne Michaels. “Portlandia” begins production later this month and is shot entirely on location in Portland.
Check back for updates as production gets underway!