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‘Portlandia’ Stars Say 95% of Dialogue Improvised

About 95 percent of the dialogue in "Portlandia" is improvised, creators of the sketch-comedy television series shown on the Independent Film Channel said Monday night in New York. The series, which grew out of "ThunderAnt," online videos created by "Saturday Night Live" cast member Fred Armisen and musician Carrie Brownstein, is now in its third season.

IFC's 'Portlandia' Premieres Strong, Drawing Over 1.1 Million Total Viewers

IFC’s hit original series, Portlandia, starring Fred Armisen and Carrie Brownstein, returned for a third season stronger than ever on Friday, January 4, with two back-to-back episodes (10 pm & 10:30 pm).

'Portlandia': The time Fred Armisen tried to photobomb 'Grimm'

Portland, Ore., has become a small but growing hub for TV show production in recent years. In addition to its namesake show "Portlandia," NBC's "Grimm" and TNT's "Leverage" also shoot (or shot, in the now-canceled "Leverage's" case) there.Some of "Portlandia's" crew also works on "Grimm," and "Portlandia" star Fred Armisen was almost an extra on the supernatural drama. Almost. He explained his photobomb attempt Friday (Jan. 4) at the Television Critics Association press tour:"We did happen to shoot something right down the street from where ['Grimm'] was shooting. We did this thing where I'm playing one of those pedicab guys. ... I had this mustache and this moppy hair. And they were shooting a scene where there was like some conversation -- you know when people walk down the street and it looks like a real TV show and they're wearing suits and stuff -- so I thought, this is my opportunity. I want so...

What to Expect From Portlandia’s Many Season-Three Guest Stars

The third season of Portlandia, which premieres tonight at 10 p.m. on IFC, features more guest stars than ever — and we've been tracking them for quite some time, whether at our set visit or at parties. Here is a list of the upcoming cameos that we've learned about from the featured players as well as show co-creator Jonathan Krisel. Read More...

'Portlandia': 5 Things to know about the season 3 premiere

"Portlandia" is back with all the weirdness that one city (and a handful of comedians) can bring. Season 3 promises to return to old characters -- faithful viewers will definitely see all of their favorite versions of stars Fred Armisen and Carrie Brownstein -- as well as new sketches. But what sorts of Northwest insanity and '90s nostalgia can we expect specifically? Here are five things to know about the "Portlandia" season 3 premiere.1. While there are, as always, a variety of sketches sprinkled throughout the half-hour show, the main theme of the first episode is a scheme to take back MTV. And by "take back," Fred and Carrie mean a return to videos and VJs and television not revolving around pregnant teenagers.2. To accomplish this, our heroes enlist the help of some aging but familiar MTV names -- Kurt Loder, Tabitha Soren and Matt Pinfield. You'll be happy to know that Loder can...

Portlandia demonstrates how idiotic you sound when you complain about spoilers

Portlandia knocks it out of the park, yet again. You've seen the BSG addict episode, now check out a dinner party for spoilers. And yes, there are spoilers for The Wire and Breaking Bad in it. Here is is, the latest short from Portlandia aptly titled, "Spoiler Alert."

'Portlandia' winter special: Fred Armisen and Carrie Brownstein preview what's coming

However many crazy things "Portlandia" has shown about its Oregon town, one thing has been missing -- winter. That dreary, rainy season that keeps most people from moving to the Pacific Northwest is finally getting the proper attention on Friday, Dec. 14 with "Winter in Portlandia."The show's creators, writers and stars -- Fred Armisen and Carrie Brownstein -- shared a few secrets about the special that airs in advance of the "Portlandia" Season 3 premiere in January.While both Brownstein and Armisen confirmed that the new season would focus on longer storylines and character arcs than in previous seasons, the winter special will be a standalone. "With it airing in December, we wanted it to be distinct from the rest of the season," Brownstein explained.What was the motivation for doing a winter episode of "Portlandia" in the first place? The main goal was to show an important season in the city that hadn't been explored....

‘Portlandia’ Premiere Brings Brooklyn to the Upper West Side

Brooklyn hit the Upper West Side for the season three premiere of "Portlandia."

'Portlandia' video: Vagina pillows help celebrate the show's pre-season Christmas episode

"Portlandia" Season 3 does not debut until Friday, Jan. 4, but the crazy show about a crazy town will return briefly in December with a pre-season, winter-holiday episode. And if you ever wondered what to get your Portland-based friends for their Christmas and/or non-denominational solstice celebration, Fred Armisen and Carrie Brownstein may have all the answers you need.Even if your friends do not need more vagina pillows.Yes, that's right -- vagina pillows. The unusual home-decoration accessories are important to the video preview released by IFC. Featuring Toni (Brownstein) and Candace (Armisen) of the Women & Women First bookstore, the video also introduces Bobby Moynihan ("Saturday Night Live") as Candace's son, Robert. There is no way to choose individual highlights of "Vagina Pillows" -- except for maybe Candace's gender non-specific grandchild proving his or her identity in a graphic, liquid fashion -- so we will have to make do with some quotes:"It's sort of unsweetened maple...

Portlandia Announces Season 3 Guest Stars

Portlandia is quickly becoming to go-to spot for Hollywood stars. Joining Fred Armisen and Carrie Brownstein in IFC's off-beat sketch comedy for Season 3 season are...