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Spirit Awards: Linda Cardinelli on the possibility of one day returning to “Freaks and Geeks”


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For a series that was cancelled before its first season had ended its run, “Freaks and Geeks” has endured the test of time. Its stars get bigger by the year, its creator and producer are now making successful film and television projects and its lived a successful life on DVD and online as a cult hit.

But of all the stars of the series — Seth Rogen, James Franco, Jason Segel — its it’s leading lady, Linda Cardinelli, who hasn’t worked with the group again. Sure, she’s gone on to star in “Scooby-Doo” and “ER” and “The Goode Family,” but she hasn’t had the full-on Judd Apatow/Paul Feig reunion we’ve all been hoping for.

Vanity Fair recently brought the full cast of “Freaks and Geeks” together for the first time since 2000, and the magazine’s “oral history” of the show made us remember why we loved it so much to begin with. Cardinelli walked the Spirit Awards red carpet after being nominated for her movie “Return,” and we couldn’t resist asking if she thought another “Freaks and Geeks” reunion was in the series’ future.

“We did a photoshoot for Vanity Fair where we were all together just like two months ago, but I don’t know,” she told IFC. “I think the show’s great where it ended. It went out on a high note.”

As to whether or not she’d want to work with Apatow again, Cardinelli seemed optimistic. “Oh, I love Judd,” she said. “I love everybody. We were so lucky to get to work together once; if we get to do it again in the future, that would be amazing.”

Hopefully it actually happens, as Apatow told Vanity Fair that he uses every excuse he can think of to bring the “Freaks and Geeks” cast together. We’re crossing our fingers that he finds a use for Cardinelli soon in the future, since he still hasn’t announced what his next feature film is going to be.

“Whenever I see an opportunity to use any of the people from ‘Freaks and Geeks,’ I do it,” Apatow told the magazine. “It’s a way of refusing to accept that the show was canceled. In my head, I can look at ‘Knocked Up’ as just an episode of Seth’s character getting a girl pregnant. All of the movies relate in my mind in that way, as the continuous adventures of those characters.”

Would you like to see Cardinelli work with Apatow again? Tell us in the comments section below or on Facebook and Twitter.

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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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