Another season of Portlandia premiered last night, which means it's that time of year again—when Fred Armisen and Carrie Brownstein are in every magazine, and when the sound of gritting teeth forms a cricket-like background drone throughout the streets of Portland.
Six years in, it's unclear what's left to learn about their "process" of writing the show, but recent interviews have revealed at least one interesting bit of information: Carrie Brownstein no longer lives in the city she became famous for skewering.
It's unclear exactly when she relocated—she obliquely mentioned taking a long road trip on Twitter at the end of 2015, and then unpacking her record collection—or what this means for the future of Sleater-Kinney, whose other two members are still here, as far as we can tell. Of course, Brownstein spent a lot of time last year away from Portland, on tour with her band and promoting her memoir, and she has clarified that she's still living part-time in Oregon.
In the short-term, though, it appears that the one legitimate resident connecting Portlandia to Portland is gone—Fred Armisen lives in Los Angeles' Silver Lake neighborhood, after a brief flirtation with a west side apartment in Portland— which is sure to thrill the show's detractors.
Luckily for those people, Portlandia is nearing its end…sort of: They've announced show's will conclude after its eighth season. Its sixth season started last night, with an episode set at the Pickathon festival.