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Spirit Awards: Will Andy Samberg return to “Saturday Night Live” for Justin Timberlake?


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In case you haven’t heard the best “Saturday Night Live” news of the New Year, let us break it to you: Justin Timberlake is hosting the show on March 9. Only, here’s the kicker: Andy Samberg isn’t a cast member anymore.

Of course, as the Spirit Awards host pointed out to IFC on the award show’s red carpet, Timberlake has been on “SNL” before Samberg’s time there, but the former boy bander never did anything especially memorable then. No, every recurring skit that helped make digital shorts really shine on NBC’s weekend comedy show involved antics like Timberlake and Samberg putting their genitals in boxes, or ejaculating in their pants, or even having sex with one another’s mothers.

Really, the only way for Timberlake’s appearance on “Saturday Night Live” to live up to the expectations we’re imposing on it is for Samberg to make a surprise guest during the episode. So will he? We put the question to Samberg when we caught up with him at the Spirit Awards.

“I have no clue,” he deadpanned. “As I’ve said about Justin many times before, I wouldn’t kick him out of bed.”

Well that’s… better than nothing. At least we can rest easy knowing that Timberlake and Samberg — buds in real life — could film a digital short without Samberg actually having to be a part of any of the night’s improvised skits. Timberlake did the same sort of thing for “Jizz In My Pants,” and we all know how well that Lonely Island appearance paid off.

We will mention that, in this case, we would also accept Samberg subbing for Jay-Z during Timberlake’s assumed performance of “Suit & Tie” in place of whatever hilarious skit the two of them could come up with. But still, get these two together for some sort of surprise on March 9.

Do you hope Samberg appears during Timberlake’s episode of “Saturday Night Live”? 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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