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.
This week, Ellen DeGeneres meets Ellen DeGeneres, Beyonce kicks off her tour, and the cutest birthday gift ever is something we can’t even try to top.
Ellen DeGeneres (times two!)
Ellen DeGeneres is widely adored, especially because she's so funny, seems down-to-earth, and can take a joke. While many celebrities might get offended by impersonations done by the cast of SNL, Ellen not only invited Kate McKinnon onto the show, but encouraged Kate to do her impersonation while the two were together. Ellen even gave Kate a matching outfit to really complete the gag. The result was pretty hilarious, as seen in the video (above). Kate takes on Ellen's dance moves and even kind of sounds like her, if a bit exaggerated. I loved every second of it.
I'm still sobbing internally after last night's "The Walking Dead." I swear, watching that show is emotionally exhausting, but I can't get enough. Though I'm still not over many of the show's deaths, next week the show's third season wraps, and I'm so excited to possibly (?) have resolution with The Governor and his creepy eye patch. Check out the trailer, and remember: when fighting zombies, always aim for the head.
"Psych" fans like me have been waiting what feels like forever for the show to return. It left us almost a whole year ago and we’ve been waiting for new episodes since. The wait was long and painstaking and it felt like a pop culture hole was missing in our hearts. And honestly? We missed the hijinx of fake-psychic-detective Shawn and his sidekick, Gus. Here are some of the reasons why we were so excited for the show’s seventh season premiere last night.
The show's premise is a little silly, but "Psych" tries to show viewers the showrunners don't take themselves too seriously with funny things like Shawn’s never-ending list of nicknames for Gus. Some of my favorites: Galileo Humpkins, Ovaltine Jenkins, Chocolate Columbo, and Felicia Fancybottom.
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 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!