February 14th, 2011 | by AARON MESH Movies & Television |

IFC Renews Portlandia for 10 More Episodes

Portlandia deathbedPunk's Not Dead: Carrie Brownstein, Jason Sudekis and Fred Armisen's prayers are answered.

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."

Confirming what we already knew: Young voters love Kyle Maclaughlin.

In the second season, we expect at least one skit about alternative newsweeklies sonorously declaring what is and is not funny. Otherwise, this show is no longer funny.
 
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