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The AMC-owned cable network announced Tuesday that it was renewing its original comedy series from Fred Armisen, Bill Hader and Seth Meyers for two additional seasons — all before season one has debuted. Additionally, IFC announced it would tack on a surprise seventh episode to the parody series’ first season, which is set to bow Aug. 20.
“This two-season renewal ahead of the show’s initial debut is a huge nod to the creative and comedic genius of Fred, Bill and Seth,” said IFC president Jennifer Caserta, adding: “We’re immensely proud of what they’ve created alongside [producer] Rhys [Thomas] and thrilled with the buzz and critical acclaim the show is already receiving.”
Helen Mirren, a self-declared Portlandia fan, serves as host of the Lorne Michaels-produced series, which is created, written and executive produced by the former Saturday Night Live trio. The show also features appearances by Jack Black, John Slattery, Irving Azoff and SNL’s Aidy Bryant, Mike O’Brien, Paula Pell and Tim Robinson.
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