IFC greenlights Fred Armisen comedy

'SNL' creator Lorne Michaels exec produces 'Portlandia'

NEW YORK -- IFC has given the green light for "Portlandia," a comedy series from "Saturday Night Live" star Fred Armisen, musician Carrie Brownstein and Jonathan Krisel of "SNL."
Allison Silverman ("The Colbert Report") joins them as a writer on the series.

"SNL" creator Lorne Michaels will serve as executive producer with his Broadway Video producing the show.

IFC eyes the series, which "lovingly illustrates the people and values of Portland, Ore.," for a 2011 debut.

Armisen and Brownstein will star, with Aubrey Plaza ("Parks and Recreation") and Kyle MacLachlan ("Twin Peaks," "Sex & The City") being guest stars.

"Portlandia" begins production in Portland later this month.

"This series truly personifies the sharp-cool-twisted filter of IFC's programming," said Debbie DeMontreux, senior vp of original programming for IFC.