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Today, IFC announced their satirical sketch comedy show "Portlandia" will be renewed for two more amazing, glorious, wonderful seasons. Seasons four and five, which will be 10 episodes long, will premiere in 2014 and 2015, respectively.

"Portlandia" stars SNL cast member Fred Armisen and actress/writer/musician Carrie Brownstein. Although Lorne Michaels (yeah, the dude behind "SNL" and "30 Rock") is the executive producer, the show is totally, 100% the brainchild of both Fred and Carrie, who write and star in almost every sketch. Their already-impressive list of guest stars includes Aubrey Plaza; Heather Graham; Jeff Goldblum; Penny Marshall; Roseanne Barr; Rose Byrne; Patton Oswalt; and Kristen Wiig.

These are my five favorite "Portlandia" sketches to prove that this is a show you should totally be watching... but whatever, you've probably never heard of it.

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I watch a lot of television. I mean, way too much. So I have a few opinions on the recent Emmy Award nominations that took place earlier this week. In particular, these three glaring omissions that the folks over at the Emmys made:

Nick Offerman as Ron Swanson

Offerman has created one of the great characters on TV but was looked over in the Best Supporting Actor on a Comedy Series category. Few characters have had the cultural impact Ron Swanson has had over the past couple years, continually delivering memorable quotes. No offense to Max Greenfield of "New Girl" for his nod, but you, sir, are no Ron Swanson.

Conan

Conan O'Brien has been a fixture on late night for nearly two decades and has always been one of the funniest people out there. When he returned to New York for a week earlier this year he delivered some of his best shows ever. In my opinion, Conan definitely outperformed both Jimmy Fallon and Bill Maher for Outstanding Variety, Music or Comedy Series. TEAM COCO!

Parks and Recreation

Ok, so maybe I'm really showing my bias towards this show based on my earlier Ron Swanson snub, but really this is the funniest show on television! Not only should it have been nominated, but it should win! "Veep"? Really? Really? If you don't watch "Parks and Recreation," make sure you do so soon. That is all.


Are there any Emmy nominations or snubs you were surprised by? Let us know in the comments below!

The most overrated and underrated candy ever

I love candy. All kinds of candy. Chocolate, gummies, hard candy, toffee, taffy...everything. Recently, I got to thinking though, that some candies, are tremendously overrated.

I thought, what better way to address my concerns but by writing about which candy I think is the most overrated, and as a favor, I also decided to give the underrated candy counterpart for each. Keep in mind, some of the candies listed I do really like, I'm just arguing that they are overrated. Here we go:

Overrated

Underrated Counterpart

Jawbreakers
#5 - Jawbreakers
Jawbreakers hold a special place in my heart from my childhood, but as an adult you begin to realize how overrated they truly are. They are difficult to eat, messy, completely unsanitary and did they really taste that great? Not really.
Nerds candy
Nerds
I have never met anyone who doesn't like Nerds, but that doesn't stop them from being underrated. I think that Nerds are an iconic candy from the past 20 years, but seldom do they get the credit that other candies have received.
Crunch Bar
#4 - Crunch Bar
I like Crunch bars, but too often people rank them as part of the "Four Horseman of Candy Bars" along with Snickers, Milky Way and Three Musketeers. They are good, but that is way too high. They rank somewhere below Caramello and above Mr. Goodbar.
Buncha Crunch
Buncha Crunch
Too many people have never heard of Buncha Crunch. It is a great alternative to a Crunch bar because it provides more crunch! Do yourself a favor: next time you are at the movies, pair Buncha Crunch with popcorn. You're welcome.
Jujyfruits
#3 - Jujyfruits
I don't understand why anyone likes Jujyfruits. They lack flavor and they are too difficult to eat. If you buy Jujyfruits anytime soon, be sure to make an appointment at your dentist next because your teeth may get ripped out.
Life Savers Gummies
Life Savers Gummies
People love Life Savers but seem to forget about its gummy version younger brother. They have that awesome Life Saver flavor but are easy to eat really quickly. And the ability to shovel food into my mouth is an important aspect of any food for me.
Almond Joy
#2 - Almond Joy/Mounds
Full disclosure: I am not a fan of coconut. But from the few times I have had it, I can say the coconut in the Almond Joy and Mounds is the worst. Every once in a while I black out and try them again, only to remember that they are no good.
Goobers
Goobers
It was tough to think of a counterpart to Almond Joy or Mounds, so I went with a chocolate candy I thought needed to be mentioned: Goobers. These bite-size treats give you that perfect salty-sweet element...and they have a funny name.
Tootsie Rolls
#1 - Tootsie Rolls
I don't even know where to start with Tootsie Rolls, so I will begin and end with flavor. Good thing they are not what chocolate really tastes like. They taste like a foot with a hint of chocolate. That may be a bit harsh, but you get what I mean.
Flavored Tootsie Rolls
Flavored Tootsie Rolls
The one thing that I do like about Tootsie Rolls is sometimes they come in a variety pack with their flavored counterparts. Lime I could do without, but the others are all winners that unfortunately have to live in the shadow of original Tootsie Rolls.

Disagree? Do you actually like Tootsie Rolls? Let me know in the comments!

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What people are talking about this week: viral videos

Today's theme: viral videos! Here's what we've been watching this week:

Boy sleep-eating an ice cream cone

This kid is just adorable. Personally, I'm not really sure how you could fall asleep while eating the deliciousness that is ice cream, but he manages to do it.

6-year-old boy walks to his dad for the first time

How can you not love this video? (Also, how can you not tear up even a little bit?) Most heartwarming video of the week.

Ask a Grown Man with Jon Hamm

In this video, Jon Hamm honestly answers questions posed by women everywhere. It's educational AND entertaining.


Have a great weekend everyone!

The TN Team Blog’s top posts of 2011

Best of 2011

As 2011 winds down, I thought it would be fun to look back upon our first year of blogging here at TN and see which posts readers liked the most. So, based on various social media and Google analytics data, here are the best posts of 2011:

Most comments: Win Free Concert Tickets!
What concert do you NEED to see?

This one doesn’t surprise me, since people love free stuff and all you had to do was comment on the post with the concert you just HAD to see and you’d be entered to win! Still, it’s good to know people like our contests…makes us want to do more in 2012!

Most Stumbleupon views: Daniel Radcliffe: J. Pierrepont Finch vs. Harry Potter

I did not expect this one to take off like it did, but my comparison between the two major characters that have been portrayed by Daniel Radcliffe got almost 9,000 views on Stumbleupon! We never did figure out the ultimate winner of this showdown…

Bieber Fever Flowchart

Most Facebook likes: Funny Flowchart: Do you have Bieber Fever?

This is one of my personal favorites, and apparently it was also a favorite for the Facebookers among you. Not sure if you have the Fever or not? Take our handy dandy quiz! What’s better than a flowchart? (click the image to enlarge the flowchart)

Most page views: 17 funny yet possibly effective pickup lines

This one came from one of our questions during the blog kickoff contest way back in May. One of our readers suggested the post, and we made it happen. I really enjoyed these random Friday-ish posts.

Runners-up:

Before They Were Famous: YouTube All-Stars

This one appeared in second place for a few of our metrics, so I wanted to make sure I mentioned it. Check it out for some crazy flashbacks from some of your favorite celebrities.

Halloween is approaching: vampires vs. werewolves

Who doesn’t love vampires and werewolves? Or at least debating which one could take the other one in a fight?

Happy Fourth of July! Best things about the July 4th holiday

This topical post from July 4 made it into the top 10 out of over 125 blog posts for the year. Not bad, Tim!

Which blog post was your favorite of 2011? What would you like to see in 2012?

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