Interview: Portlandia's Carrie Brownstein dissects the show’s characters

Imagine: Williamsburgia – a community of progressive, ecologically conscious, left-leaning DIY-ers leading kooky lives in a hyper-reality. When Saturday Night Live actor Fred Armisen and Wild Flag and Sleater-Kinney guitarist-vocalist Carrie Brownstein pitched a sketch comedy show about several sets of characters to IFC, they didn’t think the cable network would approve the filming of the show in Portland, Oregon. “From a logistical standpoint, we assumed a television network would want us to shoot in L.A. or New York,” Brownstein said recently. “We wanted to shoot in Portland, but the show wasn’t called Portlandia.” Fans of the Peabody Award-winning series, [...]

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