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'The Walking Dead,' 'Portlandia' Coming to Netflix

by Chris Harnick, posted Oct 7th 2011 11:10AM
The Walking Dead NetflixYour desire for zombies is about to get a whole lot easier to satisfy.

Starting today, 'The Walking Dead' Season 1 will be available on Netflix to members in the US and Canada. AMC Networks has struck a deal with Netflix to bring the horror hit to the instant streaming service.

"This agreement supports the cable 'ecosystem' by making our content available to Netflix nearly a year following the linear premiere, it brings our content to a wider audience, and it provides additional revenue to support production of new shows," John Sapan, president and CEO of AMC Networks said.

Additionally, Netflix will get 'Portlandia,' 'The Increasingly Poor Decisions of Todd Margaret,' 'My Fair Wedding,' 'Bridezillas,' 'Girls Who Like Boys Who Like Boys,' 'Braxton Family Values' and more as part of the deal with AMC Networks.

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Kristen Wiig, Penny Marshall and More Book 'Portlandia' Roles

by Chris Harnick, posted Sep 28th 2011 4:30PM
Kristen WiigKristen Wiig is moving to 'Portlandia.' The 'Saturday Night Live' actress will guest star in Season 2 of Fred Armisen's IFC comedy.

According to the Hollywood Reporter, Wiig will be joined by a bevy of other funny folk including Andy Samberg, Penny Marshall, and '30 Rock' star Jack McBrayer.

Tim Robbins and Amber Tamblyn will also show up this year.

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TV 101: It's All Good in 'Portlandia'

by Dr. Ryan Vaughan, PhD (no, seriously), posted Feb 23rd 2011 2:00PM
PortlandiaEverybody has that someone in his life who is principled almost to a fault.

This person only buys clothes from the Salvation Army (and not for the ironic reasons I bought gas station attendant shirts with the name "Roy" on them in the mid-'90s). He will take a swing at you if you dare offer him something that isn't organic, and he always talks about how he liked something before it sold out and went corporate, like the 1980s NBA, hip-hop or coffee.

He's the vintage-collecting, Whole Foods–shopping, hybrid-driving documentary filmmaker who reads McSweeney's and formulates conspiracy theories about Disney while jarring his homemade pickles.

IFC's 'Portlandia' is a little show made for and by hipsters that simultaneously skewers and reveres them and their pious notions of 20-something cool.

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NBC's 'Smash' Books Katharine McPhee and Jack Davenport, IFC Renews 'Portlandia' and More

by Jean Bentley, posted Feb 14th 2011 11:30AM
Katharine McPhee'American Idol' alum Katharine McPhee could be the new Lea Michele.

McPhee was cast over the weekend in NBC's upcoming musical pilot, 'Smash,' Deadline reports. The network's answer to 'Glee,' based on an idea by Steven Spielberg, follows the production of a Broadway musical about Marilyn Monroe. McPhee will sing in the show.

Also on board: British actor Jack Davenport, who will play the show's choreographer, according to Deadline. Debra Messing is already on board as the musical's lyricist.

In other TV news ...

IFC renewed 'Portlandia' for a second season. The sketch comedy show stars 'Saturday Night Live' cast member Fred Armisen and indie rocker Carrie Brownstein. The 10 half-hour episodes will premiere in January 2012. [IFC]

Barbra Streisand apologized for her 'Glee' dis. When asked if she'd appear on the show, singer/actress told reporters, "Not if I can help it." She clarified later, saying, "What I meant was that I've been overwhelmed preparing for my performance on MusiCares, the Grammys, recording a new album and starting a new movie. So I couldn't take on any more work, and besides that, I wasn't asked." [TMZ]

'Home Game' has scored its lead: Rob Riggle. The former 'Daily Show' correspondent will star as a former NFL player in the CBS comedy pilot. [THR]

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'Portlandia' Series Premiere Recap

by Mike Moody, posted Jan 23rd 2011 12:00PM
portlandia['Portlandia' - 'Farm']

I once drove over a few inches of crosswalk space in Austin, Texas. In protest of this heinous act, a snooty pedestrian shook his fist at me and shot me a nasty look -- the kind of look someone might give you if you had just slayed a beautiful, defenseless unicorn in front of them -- and yelled, "Hell-O! CROSSWALK!"

I'm sure something similar happened to Fred Armisen, probably more than once, in the great city of Portland, Ore. But Armisen's "crime" probably involved driving too close to an angry urban cyclist's precious bike lane ("One f***ing speed!") or snacking on a Quarter Pounder with cheese in view of a vocal vegan café patron. That could explain why the 'SNL' vet is devoting most of his free time these days to skewering the Pacific Northwest city's counterculture in IFC's 'Portlandia.'

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'Portlandia' Star Carrie Brownstein and Four Other Indie Rockers On TV

by Mike Moody, posted Jan 21st 2011 4:30PM
Portlandia, Carrie Brownstein, Fred ArmisenIt's hard not to envy Fred Armisen these days. He's one of the funniest people on 'Saturday Night Live,' he married Peggy from 'Mad Men' (for a while, anyway), and now he's writing and starring in one of the funniest new TV shows of the year, IFC's 'Portlandia.'

Here's another reason to be jealous of the guy: he shares the screen with the awesome Carrie Brownstein, guitarist for the influential Portland indie rock band Sleater-Kinney, in 'Portlandia,' a sketch show that targets organic food-obsessed couples and feminist bookstore owners in the "city where young people go to retire," premiering tonight on IFC.

Brownstein's casting got us thinking about the some of our favorite indie rockers* who have turned up on the tube in bit parts, cameos, reality show judge panels and, in one case, their own eponymously-named talk show. After the jump, watch a searing political rant, listen to some good tunes and to take a trip back to the '90s with our list of 5 Indie Rockers Who Made the Jump to TV.

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'Teen Mom' Can't See Daughter, Jane Lynch to Shill for Charmin in NYC and More

by Jean Bentley, posted Dec 28th 2010 6:00PM
Amber PortwoodHere's the latest on jailed 'Teen Mom' Amber Portwood, who was taken into police custody for a 24-hour hold yesterday after being formally charged with felony domestic abuse:

According to E! Online, Portwood pleaded not guilty during her arraignment today. Though she still hasn't been released from jail, she has posted her $5,000 bail and will likely get out Tuesday evening.

However, she's currently barred from seeing her young daughter.

In other TV news ...

If you stop by Times Square for a pre-New Year's Eve visit tomorrow, you might see Jane Lynch. The 'Glee' star is presiding over the "King or Queen of the Throne" competition for Charmin at its public Charmin Restrooms in New York City. Um, okay ... [PopWatch]

Excited for Fred Armisen and Carrie Brownstein's Pacific Northwest-themed sketch comedy show on IFC? Listen to the tongue-in-cheek theme song for 'Portlandia' here. [Vulture]

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Fred Armisen Stars In New Series 'Portlandia'

by Ryan McKee, posted Dec 16th 2010 5:30PM
Most 'Saturday Night Live' cast members begin their careers in the fertile comedy fields like stand-up, The Second City or The Groundlings. But not nine-season veteran Fred Armisen, who began as a drummer in the punk rock band Trenchmouth and then graduated to background drumming in the Blue Man Group.

Now Armisen's good buddy Carrie Brownstein, former lead singer and guitarist of the iconic indie rock band Sleater-Kinney, is attempting to make a similar leap into comedy with his help. The two have been producing digital shorts under the name ThunderAnt, and are now graduating to a TV show on the IFC called 'Portlandia.'

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