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Five New Fall Shows We’re Curious About

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Every spring the television broadcast networks trot out their fall and midseason lineups at annual presentations for advertisers and media. These so-called upfronts allow the networks to tell fans what shows are going to be renewed, what shows are getting the axe, and what they have in development.

Today we are presenting five new fall shows we’re on the fence about. They have great casts (Jeffrey Tambor! Sarah Michelle Gellar! Christina Ricci!) but the painful laugh tracks, hollow jokes and/or gimmicks may make the shows too painful to watch. These are shows that will live on our DVRs but may not last more than a few episodes, or they could turn into the best new things on television.

Disclaimer: Since we’re basing our judgment on clips and conjecture, we are prepared to eat our words when a few episodes air and we realize the grave errors we have made (we take our words with hot sauce AND mayonnaise) and/or bask in our brilliant ability to pick winners and we’ll be taking our talent to the horse track.

“Napoleon Dynamite” on Fox

Pro: We loved the movie “Napoleon Dynamite” …when it came out in 2004
Con: Seven-year old jokes may not be enough to sustain an entire season of episodes

“Two Broke Girls” on CBS

Pro: Whitney Cummings wrote and produced the show; Kat Dennings
Con: Laugh track; Not that funny yet

“Pan Am” on ABC

Pro: “Mad Men”-inspired; Christina Ricci
Con: Potentially clunky dialogue; Not actually being “Mad Men”

“Ringer” on the CW

Pro: Sarah Michelle Gellar a.k.a. Buffy is back as twins involved in a dark mystery; Nestor Carbonell from “Lost”
Con: It may not get the ratings to last

“Bent” on NBC

Pro: Jeffrey Tambor; Jeffrey Tambor; Jeffrey Tambor
Con: The trailer’s not that funny

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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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