IFC Renews 'Portlandia'


Portlandia's parodic look at the Northwest city where "the dream of the '90s is alive" will return to IFC for a second season.

The series, created by Carrie Brownstein and Saturday Night Live's Fred Armisen, debuted on Jan. 21 and has benefited from a host of celebrity guest stars, including Jason Sudeikis, Heather Graham, Kyle MacLachlan and local Portland, Ore., musicians Jenny Conlee and Colin Meloy (The Decemberists) and Corin Tucker (Sleater-Kinney).


IFC ordered 10 new half-hour episodes, which will premiere in January 2012.

Shot on location in Portland (working around Armisen's SNL schedule), the series is directed, co-created and co-written by Jonathan Krisel, executive produced by Lorne Michaels and produced by Broadway Video. For Rainbow Media-owned IFC, the series is executive produced by Jennifer Caserta, Debbie DeMontreux, Dan Pasternack and Evan Shapiro.

Portlandia is based on a web series Armisen and Brownstein produced together called "ThunderAnt."

A network rep said there has been no announcement yet about Portlandia's companion comedy series on Friday nights, Onion News Network.