Portlandia Season 2 Scoop: Expect Pickling, a BSG Spoof and a Very Special House Guest

When Portlandia premiered, no one expected it to be a success, much less one of the overnight variety. But danged if the show — a series of sketch-comedy vignettes starring real-life BFFs Fred Armisen (SNL) and newcomer Carrie Brownstein — didn’t break out. Set in a dreamy, romanticized version of Portland, Ore., it pokes fun at the city’s hipster-hippie residents, who seem to want to “pickle everything” (and we mean everything). What — and who — can you expect from the upcoming season, premiering tonight, Jan. 6, at 10 pm on IFC? Read on and find out!

They’re baaaaack. We’ll see the returns of almost all of Season 1’s most popular characters — including Toni and Candice of Women and Women First Bookstore. In fact, House alum Amber Tamblyn will play the shop’s first intern.

• Andy Samberg not only guest-stars — as a smooth-talking bartender whose sudden relocation to L.A. prompts Fred and Carrie to make their first trek outside of Portland — he even sings in the premiere. “It’s not really a Lonely Island type of thing,” teases co-producer Jonathan Krisel, “but he definitely sings.”

• The duo forms a band called Catnap, garnering YouTube attention because of its unique member: an actual cat named Kevin. As the group becomes more successful, they get tied up — literally — by a psychotic fan named Gathy, played by Kristen Wiig.

• Battlestar Galactica-themed sketch finds a couple at a loss as to what to do with their lives after their favorite series ends.

• Jeff Goldblum dons a pink suit to play the owner of a knot store. As he puts it, to “sell knots — all kinds of things that are knotted —  made of all different types of materials.”

• We’ll be introduced to a ridiculous, eco-friendly moving company whose entire operation runs on a bicycle for two.

• Besides Armisen’s promise that there will be “a lot of pickling and a lot of music,” we’ll also get a modification of “The Dream of the ’90s,” about the 1890s, Brownstein’s favorite.

Will you tune into the Season 2 premiere? Who would you love to see make their way into Portlandia?

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  1. George says:

    One of my roommates added this to our DVR and I discovered it on New Year’s day when IFC was running a marathon and thought it was brilliant! I was glad to see the new season was starting, although I watched the season 2 episode that was posted on Hulu and didn’t think it was as funny as the stuff in season 1, but still quite good.

  2. Taj says:

    I’ve seen the BSG episode! It airs next week. Edward James Olmos, James Callis and Ron Moore are hilarious in it. Love me some of my hometown AND Battlestar<3 I also love that it airs right after Grimm. Friday nights are now Rose City nights.

  3. Amber says:

    I just saw my first episode of this show (the pilot) tonight. And I am in love! It is so funny, and it replaces the hole that It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia left in my heart when it started sucking after the 4th season.

  4. K says:

    Cannot wait for Kristen Wiig! Love this show :)

  5. Jules says:

    Seriously, if that was Hugh Laurie guest starring in,I’ll be more interested to watch,but Amber Tamblyn,???? Weird and not funny…
    I’ll wait for Jeff goldblum’s episode instead

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