Good people who put birds on things, rejoice. As reported by pretty much everybody while I was in a PIFF screening, cable's Independent Film Channel has renewed Carrie Brownstein's contract to dumpster-dive into Portland absurdities, renewing the sketch-comedy series Portlandia for a 10-episode second season. But you'll have to wait a while to continue your dream of the '90s: The second season won't air until January 2012. (Based on last year's production schedule, that means you can expect to see a wacky-dressed Fred Armisen start shooting sometime this summer.)
The ratings for the first, six-ep Portlandia season aren't staggering, but they're a lot bigger than anything IFC is used to, according to Variety:
Airing at 10:30 p.m. Fridays, "Portlandia" is averaging 235,000 viewers
among adults 18-49, nearly quadruple IFC's primetime average in a demo
it has aggressively begun courting, and has built upon its lead-in,
fellow original series "Onion News Network."