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The network has ordered 10 new, half-hour episodes to premiere in January 2012.

[via press release from IFC]

IFC Renews Original Comedy Series "Portlandia" for a Second Season

10 New Episodes Set to Debut in January 2012

NEW YORK, NY - February 14, 2011 - IFC has green lit a second season of viewer favorite Portlandia, the IFC original, short-based, comedy series created, written by and starring Fred Armisen (SNL) and Portland-native Carrie Brownstein (vocalist/guitarist, Sleater-Kinney). The network has ordered 10 new, half-hour episodes to premiere in January 2012.

"We're thrilled with the success of Portlandia and the overwhelmingly positive feedback from our viewers," said Debbie DeMontreux, senior vice president, original programming, IFC. "Fred and Carrie's humor is perfectly in line with the sensibility and comedic tone of IFC which makes this show such a great fit for us. This early renewal signifies that IFC's alt comedy programming is indeed resonating with our audience."

According to Live+3 data from Nielsen Media, the initial three episodes of Portlandia have been viewed by a combined audience of over 1.1 million total viewers and over 700,000 A18-49, IFC's target audience.

Season one, which debuted on January 21 and concludes on Friday, February 25 at 10:30 pm, features a host of guest stars including: Selma Blair (Hellboy); Heather Graham (The Hangover); Aimee Mann (Community); Kyle MacLachlan (Twin Peaks, Sex & The City); singer/songwriter Sarah McLachlan; Edie McClurg (Ferris Bueller's Day Off); Kumail Nanjiani (Michael & Michael Have Issues); Aubrey Plaza (Parks and Recreation); Jason Sudeikis (The Cleveland Show); Gus Van Sant (Milk); indie musician James Mercer (The Shins), and local Portland musicians Jenny Conlee and Colin Meloy (The Decemberists) and Corin Tucker (Sleater-Kinney). The premiere season will.

Shot entirely on location in Portland, the series is directed, co-created and co-written by Jonathan Krisel (SNL; Tim and Eric Awesome Show, Great Job!). Portlandia is executive produced by Lorne Michaels and produced by Broadway Video. For 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."

Source: Nielsen Media Research, 1/21, 1/28 Live+3 AA, 2/4 Live+3 GAA

About IFC

IFC creates and champions authentic, original content that is "Always On. Slightly Off." Since 1994, IFC has cultivated television programming that challenges the conventions of storytelling. Today, IFC continues to embrace content with an indie perspective. Original series - headlined by brand-defining scripted and sketch comedy - air alongside an extraordinary collection of films and cult TV shows. Long and short-form original content inspired by music, web, gaming, animation, news, and culture is available on multiple platforms. IFC provides viewers access to must-see festivals and events around the country, like the Film Independent's Spirit Awards and SXSW. IFC.com features exclusive video, podcasts, blogs, news and reviews cultivated and written by industry experts. The network's On Demand offering, IFC Free, gives fans the opportunity to watch select content from IFC whenever they want. IFC is owned and operated by Rainbow Media Holdings LLC.

About Rainbow Media Holdings LLC

Rainbow Media Holdings LLC is a subsidiary of Cablevision Systems Corporation (NYSE: CVC). Rainbow Media owns and operates some of the world's most popular and award-winning entertainment brands, including AMC, IFC, Sundance Channel, WE tv, Wedding Central and IFC Entertainment (IFC Center, IFC Films, IFC In Theaters, IFC Midnight and IFC Productions). Additional information about Rainbow Media's multiplatform brands is available at www.rainbow-media.com.

  [february 2011]  


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