“Portlandia” viewers can rejoice! They’ll have until at least 2015 to put a bird on anything they want. On Wednesday, the Independent Film Channel announced that it would be renewing the sketch comedy show for an additional two seasons.
In a statement, Jennifer Caserta, IFC’s president and general manager, said, “Portlandia has celebrated sustainable local agriculture, underemployment, avian crafting, gender politics, intense bicycle messengers and so much more. We can now celebrate two more seasons.”
The show, which won a Peabody award in 2012 for being “a funhouse mirror reflection of Portland,” is also the most highly watched show on IFC. According to a New York Times blog, the show’s fourth and fifth seasons will air in early 2014 and 2015. Both seasons will consist of 10 episodes apiece.
“Portlandia,” created in 2011 by Fred Armisen, Carrie Brownstein and Jonathan Krisel, has gained a steady cult following since it first debuted. Brownstein, who along with Armisen is also one of the series’ stars, earned fame prior to the sketch series as the guitarist and vocalist in Sleater-Kinney.
The show originally evolved out of a comedy duo that Armisen and Brownstein formed in 2007 called ThunderAnt. Many of their running sketches, like “Feminist Bookstore,” eventually found their way onto “Portlandia.”
In a recent interview, Brownstein hinted that she’s not sure what the future holds for “Portlandia” after 2015, but she said she would be open to writing for other television shows. "I'd like to develop and write other shows, comedy of some sort," Brownstein told the Seattle Times.
"Five seasons intuitively feels like the right amount of time for `Portlandia' to be around," she said. "I always think people overstay their welcome. It's better to leave people wanting more. But you never know."