It's time to break out the bird totes and pickle jars. IFC's Portlandia is returning for an eighth and final season filled with Portland's most eclectic characters played by comedy mainstays Fred Armisen and Carrie Brownstein. In the all-new Season 8 trailer, catch a glimpse of the heightened antics to come in the series' final run. Toni and Candace open up their own women's health clinic, Spyke decides it's time to bring punk music back to the main scene, Cath and Dave attempt to survive an Escape Room, and The Goths give a heartfelt eulogy.
IFC's Emmy-nominated comedy Portlandia is returning for its eighth and final season on Thursday, January 18 at 10PM. Created by Jonathan Krisel, Fred Armisen and Carrie Brownstein, Portlandia is a playful satire of life in Portland, Oregon. The series is Executive Produced by Lorne Michaels and produced by Broadway Video. Season 8 will consist of 10 episodes, airing weekly on Thursday nights. In addition to the trailer, IFC has released two clips, one where Fred and Carrie sit down for breakfast, and another where they record an NPR podcast during a Portland police briefing
New guest stars coming to Portlandia in Season 8 include (in alphabetical order): Scott Adsit (Big Hero 6, Veep), Rachel Bloom (My Crazy Ex-Girlfriend), Aidy Bryant (Saturday Night Live, Girls), musician Brendan Canty, John Corbett (My Big Fat Greek Wedding, Sex and the City), Terry Crews (Brooklyn Nine-Nine, Are We There Yet?), Dan Gregor (Crazy Ex-Girlfriend), Cherry Jones (American Crime, Transparent), Rashida Jones (Angie Tribeca, Parks and Recreation), Andy Kindler (Bob's Burgers, Maron) Nick Kroll (Oh Hello on Broadway, Kroll Show), John Mulaney (Oh Hello on Broadway, Saturday Night Live), musician Krist Novoselic, Henry Rollins (The Legend of Korra, Sons of Anarchy), Tracee Ellis Ross (Black-ish, Reed Between the Lines), novelist Cheryl Strayed, Tessa Thompson (Thor: Ragnarok, Annihilation, Westworld, Creed), David Wain (Wet Hot American Summer: Ten Years Later, Role Models) Brent Weinbach (Rad Lands, Another Period), Dolly Wells (Doll & Em, 45 Years), Shannon Woodward (Westworld, Raising Hope), and singer-songwriter Kurt Vile.
Returning guest stars include Ed Begley Jr. (Arrested Development, Ghostbusters), Jeff Goldblum (Jurassic Park, Independence Day), Natasha Lyonne (Orange Is the New Black, Hello, My Name is Doris), Portlandia's Mayor Kyle MacLachlan (Twin Peaks, Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D), and Kumail Nanjiani (Silicon Valley, The Big Sick). Since debuting seven years ago, Portlandia has become a cultural conversation-starter, portraying the great city of Portland as being inhabited by a variety of residents played by Armisen and Brownstein. These resonant characters, such as feminist bookstore owners Toni and Candace, bohemian couple Peter and Nance, and local curators Lisa Eversman and Bryce Shivers, have all managed to perfectly crystallize the hilarity in pickling, artisan coffee, organic chicken, social media protesting and even brunch. Guest stars from the worlds of film, television, music and sports have visited Portlandia through the years including Louis CK, Claire Danes, Judy Greer, Kristen Wiig, Damian Lillard, Natasha Lyonne, Lauri Metcalf, Glenn Danzig, Rose Byrne, recurring guests Steve Buscemi, Jeff Goldblum and many more. Its earlier seasons have been recognized with a Peabody Award in 2012, a Writer's Guild Award in 2013, four Creative Arts Emmy Awards (most recently, the Outstanding Production Design Award in 2016 for Season 6), and 17 Primetime Emmy Award nominations.
In addition to their role as creators, Armisen, Brownstein and Krisel serve as writers and Executive Producers of Portlandia. Broadway Video's Andrew Singer and Alice Mathias are Executive Producers, along with EP/writers Karey Dornetto and Graham Wagner. Megan Neuringer and Phoebe Robinson join the writing team this season. Bill Benz and Carrie Brownstein return to direct along with new directors Graham Wagner and Lance Bangs. Portlandia is shot entirely on location in Portland, Oregon. Take a look at the new trailer and clips, courtesy of IFC YouTube.