Even though Fred Armisen may have left “Saturday Night Live” this spring, it looks like it is now guaranteed that his other show is going to stick around for quite a while moving forward.
IFC announced on Wednesday that “Portlandia,” their sketch comedy series featuring Armisen and Carrie Brownstein, has been renewed for not just one, but two seasons. The first collection of ten episodes will air early next year, while the next will happen in 2015. This is a great show of confidence for the network that they are not so worried about whether or not Armisen losing his “SNL” platform will impact the show’s ratings at all.
In a statement, here is what a representative for the network had to say in a lovely tongue-in-cheek fashion:
“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.”
Even if we were never Fred’s biggest fan on “SNL,” it’s always a thrill to see someone have an opportunity to stretch their creativity a little bit further and keep a variety of comedy on TV. Therefore, we have to say that this news is a complete and utter thrill to hear. There is not anything really like “Portlandia” on TV right now, and it could have even more of an active role in preserving indie comedy given how network TV is becoming more and more generic and family-based in the genre in an effort to boost sagging ratings.
What do you think about this news, and are you thrilled that Armisen has officially two more years to keep doing his thing on television? If you want to read about who we think could be poised for big years on “SNL” moving forward, all you have to do is click here.