'Portlandia' Stages an MTV Takeover Coup with Former MTV News Anchors (Video)

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Lorne Michael's boutique project "Portlandia" (IFC), which stars SNL's Fred Armisen and his rock musician pal Carrie Brownstein, has broken out of its cult milieu to become one of the most talked-about entrants in this strange race.

MTV may be a shadow of its former, music-centric self these days, but it's nothing a staged coup of the cable channel can't fix. 

At least that's how things play out in "Take Back MTV," a sketch fantasy from Portlandia's Fred Armisen and Carrie Brownstein in which they recruit former MTV talking heads Kurt Loder, Tabitha Soren and Matt Pinfield to return the station to former glory.

Things don't go quite as planned in the sketch, however, which aired on Friday, Jan. 4 as part of Portlandia's season 3 premiere.