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Carrie, Fred and Jonathan Krisel talk Peabody and which “Game of Thrones” stars are on their “Portlandia” wishlist

Jonathan Krisel, Carrie Brownstein and Fred Armisen

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By Jennifer Vineyard

Craving more “Portlandia”? Carrie Brownstein, Fred Armisen, and company are working on it — they’ve just started writing season three in Los Angeles, where co-creator Jonathan Krisel lives, and once they’re done, they’ll start up production in Portland, a city to which they credit their recent Peabody Award win.

“I think it’s the right award for that show to impress people in Portland,” Krisel told IFC after the ceremony. “We won an Emmy before, but the Peabody is almost like a literary award.”

“I concur,” Brownstein said, holding up her statuette. “This is for Portland.”

“Portland is a place where everyone closes their eyes and crosses their fingers and hopes for a better community,” Krisel added. “They keep it small and local, and usually they think if they just make great coffee, it’s the best thing for the neighborhood. That’s in part what makes the show special.”

While brainstorming and writing the next season, the team sometimes falls prey to the behavior exhibited in the “One More Episode” episode — getting obsessed about other TV shows. “It can be like a drug,” Krisel admitted.

Their current addictions? “Game of Thrones” and “Girls.”

“I would almost rather live [in Westeros],” Krisel said, and then realizing that a fellow Peabody winner was also at the Waldorf-Astoria, pointed to Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, who was on hand to accept for the show. “Look, there’s Jaime Lannister!”

“I practically threw myself at him,” Brownstein laughed. “Where are the rest of them?”

“Where’s Peter Dinklage?” Krisel wondered. “I want him for ‘Portlandia”s next season.”

If Dinklage isn’t available — after all, “Game of Thrones” starts shooting their third season this summer as well — Krisel might want to incorporate one of the wildlings on the show, who’ve already proven a penchant for crossovers. “My son was in the park and he met the wildling woman from across the wall, [Rose Leslie, who plays Ygritte], who also did ‘Downtown Abbey,'” he noted. “The other wilding [Natalia Tena] did ‘Harry Potter.'”

Brownstein is also a fan of HBO’s “Girls,” she said, because of the show’s “point of view.”

“It’s smart, it’s really funny, and I find the specificity of the dialogue really refreshing,” she said. “I love how it delves into the awkward moments, awkward sex, without shying away from it and in an unrelenting way. I’m all about that fearlessness and I think ‘Girls’ is a really exciting and refreshing show to have on TV. I think Lena Dunham is a genius. I hope it just encourages more women to make shows like this.”

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Rev Up

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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It’s the final countdown to Christmas and thanks to IFC’s movie marathon all Christmas Eve and Christmas Day, you can revel in classic ’80s films AND find inspiration for your last-minute gifts. Here are our recommendations, if you need a head start:

Musical Instrument

Great analog entertainment substitute when you refuse to give your kid the Nintendo Switch they’ve been drooling over.

Breakfast In Bed

Any significant other or child would appreciate these Uncle Buck-approved flapjacks. Just make sure you’re not stuck on clean up duty.

Cocktail Supplies

You’ll need them to get through the holidays.

Dance Lessons

So you can learn to shake-shake-shake (unless you know ghosts willing to lend a hand).

Comfy Clothes

With all the holiday meals, there may be some…embigenning.

Get even more great inspiration all Christmas Eve and Day on IFC, and remember…

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A-O Rewind

Celebrating Portlandia One Sketch at a Time

The final season of Portlandia approaches.

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Most people measure time in minutes, hours, days, years…At IFC, we measure it in sketches. And nothing takes us way (waaaaaay) back like Portlandia sketches. Yes, there’s a Portlandia milepost from every season that changed the way we think, behave, and pickle things. In honor of Portlandia’s 8th and final season, Subaru presents a few of our favorites.


Put A Bird On It

Portlandia enters the pop-culture lexicon and inspires us to put birds on literally everything.

Colin the Chicken

Who’s your chicken, really? Behold the emerging locavore trend captured perfectly to the nth degree.

Dream Of The ’90s

This treatise on Portland made it clear that “the dream” was alive and well.

No You Go

We Americans spend most of our lives in cars. Fortunately, there’s a Portlandia sketch for every automotive situation.

A-O River!

We learned all our outdoor survival skills from Kath and Dave.

One More Episode

The true birth of binge watching, pre-Netflix. And what you’ll do once Season 8 premieres.

Catch up on Portlandia’s best moments before the 8th season premieres January 18th on IFC.

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